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DEFINITION of 'Policy Loan'

A loan issued by an insurance company that uses the cash value of a person's life insurance policy as collateral.

Sometimes referred to as a "life insurance loan."

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Policy Loan'

Traditionally, these were loans issued at a very low interest rate, but that is no longer universally true. If the borrower fails to repay the loan, the money is withdrawn from the insurance death benefit.

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