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Endowment Policy Purchase

Updated on May 26, 2010

Purchase an Endowment Policy

In general an endowment policy purchase is an excellent investment option, they can be a great way to pay for your home or your education. The downside however is that the money you pay into your endowment may not be available for you to use when you need it. If you can no longer afford to pay into your endowment or if you are unable to wait for it to mature it may be necessary to sell your endowment. There are many companies out there that specialize in buying and selling second hand endowments. They do this because they can afford to wait for the endowment to mature allowing them to make a substantial profit.

Not all endowment are the same, there are actually several different types of endowment. Some endowments will pay you at set intervals until they reach maturity, some will pay you for the remainder of your life. There are other endowments that don't make payments at all until they reach maturity. Some endowments are aimed specifically at young people to help them get a financial head start, while others are aimed at older people to help provide them an income when they retire. There are many different types of endowment so you will need to do some research on the right type for your situation if you are planning to purchase an endowment policy.

Financial experts have always maintained that it is usually in your best interest to hold onto your endowment rather than selling it. This remains true today, but the reality is that a lot of people simply can't afford to continue paying into their endowment. This is especially true with the job security worries that many people are now facing. One of the great things about an endowment policy is that it can be sold and turned into immediate cash if your situation requires it. You also have the option of surrendering your endowment policy but this is rarely a good idea and should usually be avoided. Buying and selling endowment policies is fairly straightforward and can be handled by any of the major financial institutions.

An endowment policy purchase is usually simply a matter of talking to your financial institution, although it is a good idea to shop around and see what other options are available. If you decide to sell your endowment policy it is even more important to do your research. This is a situation where the offers can differ substantially so you will need to get quotes from a variety of sources. There is a whole industry dedicated to buying second hand endowment policies, so you will have no trouble finding somebody to purchase yours. It is however a good idea to have an adviser to guide you through the process and make sure that you get the best deal possible.


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