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UPDATED: Jul 9, 2019

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There are hundreds of life insurance companies in the US, some of which brokers such as myself haven’t heard of before. We feel an obligation to our readers to review as many life insurance companies as possible. There are two vital reasons to do so. The first is to educate our readers about the product and services a company offers.

The second is to make sure an independent broker such as myself doesn’t miss out on an excellent opportunity to provide competitive products to our clients. Today, we review Mutual Trust Life Insurance Company by looking at their rates and life insurance products. Currently, we are not appointed to sell their products (we can if there is a value to our clients). However, we have all the life insurance products’ material and current rates.

Mutual Trust Life Insurance Company History

Mutual Trust Life Insurance Company is a subsidiary of Pan-American Life Insurance Group, a leading provider of health, life, and annuities insurance products. It was established in 1904 as a mutual company which favors its policyholders as opposed to stockholders. The goal of a mutual company is to share profit with members by offering dividends or premium reduction. Mutual Trust Life’s (MTL) goal has remained the same for more than 100 years: to remain strong financially and having sound management so they can keep paying dividends. MTL is licensed in all states except New York to sell its products and services.

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Mutual Trust Life Insurance Financial Ratings

Products Offered by Mutual Trust Life Insurance (MTL)

MTL offers annuities, permanent, and temporary life insurance products. This MTL review will go over the term and whole life coverages. Let’s get to it!

Select Term

Level term life insurance presents the most economical protection and is preferred by young individuals and healthy individuals. Its lowest cost, when compared to a permanent solution, is a result of two factors: term life has no cash value accumulation, and its protection lasts for a limited period of time.

Essentially, you pay for “pure insurance” and nothing else. Mutual Trust Life provides level premiums for 10, 15, 20, and 30 years. At the end of the term, you may convert the policy to any Mutual Trust permanent life insurance product prior to age 65, or you can renew it on an annual basis until the age of 98 (never advisable as the premium becomes astronomical).

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Horizon Value

Horizon Value is a participating whole life product. This means, as a policyholder, you are eligible to receive dividends each year. Although not guaranteed nor required by law, MTL has been paying them for more than 100 years.

As the name implies, whole life lasts for as long as the insured is alive. The premium and death benefit remain fixed through your life, building guaranteed cash value that grows on a tax-deferred basis. You can access the cash in the future through a loan, withdrawal, or if you cancel your coverage (surrender your policy).

Plan Highlights

  • Issue ages: 0–75
  • Minimum face amount:
    • $25,000 for ages 0–39
    • $10,000 for ages 40–75
  • Paid up at age 90 (no needed payments after the age of 90—your policy is paid-up)

Horizon Guarantee

Horizon Guarantee is participating whole life insurance just like Horizon Value. However, Horizon Guarantee is geared towards anyone whose priority is the death benefit, and cash value accumulation is secondary. This is because the premium is lower than other whole life coverage, which makes it challenging to build cash fast. That doesn’t mean that you are not entitled to dividends and cash accumulation. It means that it’s moderately done.

Plan Highlights

  • Issue ages: 0–85
  • Minimum face amount: $50,000

Horizon Blend

Horizon Blend is a unique product. It merges both permanent and temporary coverage into one. It’s a 50% participation whole life and 50% 20-year term life insurance. At the end of the term period, the insured can convert the term policy to whole life should the need arise, without evidence of insurability.

This policy is a useful choice for families who don’t have a large budget for buying one whole life policy. By keeping 50% as term life, they can save on costs and have adequate protection.

Plan Highlights

  • Issue ages: 18–65
  • Minimum face amount: $100,000

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Legacy One

Legacy One is a single premium, participating whole life insurance. Single-premium life (SPL) insurance means that you pay one premium to have a paid-up policy. Simply put—once and done. With SPL, your cash is accumulated faster than other types of whole life because the policy is already funded, and there is more cash to earn interest and dividends when compared to coverage that you pay monthly.

Besides, SPL guarantee death benefit protection to be paid tax-free to your heirs, and tax-deferred growth on the cash in your account. You can access the money in the cash account through loans and withdrawals of dividends.

Plan Highlights

  • Issue ages: 0–85
  • Minimum face amount: $5,000
  • Guaranteed interest rate of 4% yearly


Most insurance companies provide riders or provisions on their policies. Riders are an added benefit to your current coverage. With riders, you can customize your policy to fit your individual needs. Most riders are sold at an extra charge. Here are MTL’s riders:

  • Chronic Illness: The policyholder can accelerate 24% of the death benefit amount (maximum of $240,000) if he is diagnosed by a physician to be permanently chronically ill.
  • Terminal Illness: The policyholder can receive 50% of the death benefit amount (maximum of $250,000) if he is diagnosed to have a terminal illness with life expectancy of 12 months or less.
  • Waiver of Premium: MTL will waive future premiums and keep the policy in force should the insured become totally disabled and unable to work. It’s also offered in 2- and 5-year periods.
  • Accidental Death Benefit: Offers an additional death benefit amount on top of the base amount should the insured die as a result of an accident before the age of 70.
  • Children Insurance Rider: Provides life insurance coverage for all children under age 20.
  • Guaranteed Purchase Option: This rider guarantees the policyholder the opportunity to purchase additional coverage without proving eligibility before pre-set anniversary ages.
  • Term Rider: A provision to allow the policyholder to purchase a 7- or 15-year term. This coverage can be attached to any whole life coverage and can be added at policy issue or on an anniversary date after the policy is in force (subject to underwriting).
  • Single Premium: Enables the policyholder to increase the death benefit amount, at the time the coverage is issued, by purchasing one lump- sum premium between $1,000 to $500,000.
  • Flex Pay: This rider allows the flexibility to increase the death benefit and cash value in the account if the insured selects the maximum premium he wants to pay. As long as he pays $100 per year, the money goes to earn dividends and increase the death benefit (restrictions apply).

Mutual Trust Life vs. Other Carriers’ Sample Monthly Rates

Male 20-year Term $250,000

 CompanyAge 30Age 40Age 50Age 60
 Banner $13.05 $19.01 $40.44 $110.28
 Protective $13.05 $17.80 $41.26 $110.61
 AIG $13.17 $19.37 $42.24 $118.76
 Pacific Life $13.18 $18.79 $41.44 $110.29
 Lincoln$13.28 $18.16 $41.15 $109.77
 Mutual of Omaha $13.55 $20.64 $45.80 $134.59
 Principal $14.00 $18.55 $41.19 $109.81
 North American $14.30 $20.02 $43.56 $115.06
 SBLI $14.59 $20.76 $49.60 $147.70
 Mutual Trust Life $18.90 $27.45 $64.58 $185.18

Female 20-year Term $250,000

 CompanyAge 30Age 40Age 50Age 60
 Banner $11.61 $15.39 $32.21 $78.83
 Protective $11.76 $15.44 $31.65 $77.17
 AIG $11.67 $16.59 $33.90 $87.98
 Pacific Life $11.71 $16.00 $31.83 $77.91
 Lincoln$11.82 $15.67 $31.57 $82.47
 Mutual of Omaha $12.26 $17.63 $35.69 $101.91
 Principal $12.54 $16.19 $32.07 $77.18
 North American $12.76 $16.94 $34.10 $81.84
 SBLI $13.06 $17.72 $34.71 $90.37
 Mutual Trust Life $15.98 $26.10 $45.90 $115.20

Male 20-year Term $500,000

 CompanyAge 30Age 40Age 50Age 60
 Banner $20.00 $32.68 $73.52 $204.89
 Protective $20.01 $28.75 $75.24 $207.86
 AIG $20.01 $30.27 $76.86 $218.79
 Pacific Life $20.19 $30.26 $75.22 $207.36
 Lincoln$20.39 $30.50 $74.99 $213.02
 Mutual of Omaha $21.29 $32.90 $82.78 $249.19
 SBLI $21.32 $34.97 $87.00 $286.85
 Principal $21.43 $30.54 $75.82 $213.06
 North American $22.44 $33.44 $79.20 $218.68
 Mutual Trust Life $26.10 $37.35 $92.70 $245.25

Female 20-year Term $500,000

 CompanyAge 30Age 40Age 50Age 60
 Banner $17.37 $25.20 $58.35 $150.93
 AIG $17.44 $26.85 $58.05 $161.51
 Pacific Life $17.51 $25.69 $56.10 $144.97
 Protective $17.53 $25.11 $54.88 $138.51
 Lincoln$17.68 $25.64 $55.31 $144.95
 SBLI $18.18 $27.33 $63.08 $173.03
 Mutual of Omaha $18.28 $28.17 $61.71 $172.65
 Principal $18.52 $25.81 $57.58 $147.79
 North American $19.36 $28.16 $61.60 $154.88
 Mutual Trust Life $20.70 $30.15 $64.80 $164.25

Male 20-year Term $1,000,000

 CompanyAge 30Age 40Age 50Age 60
 AIG $32.83 $53.35 $141.42 $415.02
 Lincoln$32.91 $53.12 $142.11 $409.07
 Protective $33.78 $51.67 $141.51 $393.73
 SBLI $34.34 $55.91 $147.73 $457.62
 Pacific Life $34.72 $54.10 $141.44 $406.55
 Principal $36.21 $54.51 $145.08 $418.34
 Banner $36.33 $54.74 $141.41 $411.08
 Mutual of Omaha $36.34 $59.56 $157.60 $470.64
 North American $39.61 $60.28 $150.92 $427.24
 Mutual Trust Life $45.00 $67.50 $178.20 $483.30

Female 20-year Term $1,000,000

 CompanyAge 30Age 40Age 50Age 60
 Banner $25.98 $46.96 $110.42 $294.55
 Protective $28.50 $43.52 $101.32 $265.48
 AIG $25.99 $44.80 $109.78 $311.56
 Pacific Life $28.73 $44.50 $103.19 $274.04
 Lincoln$27.48 $43.41 $102.73 $282.01
 Mutual of Omaha $30.32 $48.38 $112.88 $327.88
 Principal $30.35 $44.89 $105.26 $283.06
 North American $32.12 $48.84 $113.08 $283.80
 SBLI $29.04 $43.67 $103.07 $270.11
 Mutual Trust Life $34.20 $53.10 $122.40 $321.30

*All rates quoted on this page are for a super-preferred healthy individual who does not use tobacco. Monthly rates are updated as of Jan 2019 and are subject to underwriting approval.*

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Bottom Line

Mutual Trust Life Insurance Company has been around for more than 100 years and is financially stable. If you look for whole life insurance, they have many options from which to choose, and I like the fact that they are a mutual company that pays dividends to its policyholders rather than investors.

When it comes to its term life, they aren’t as competitive price-wise as other companies (see table above). They don’t offer different types of coverages such as universal life or term life without an exam. If you are after these types, you’re out of luck and need to look elsewhere.

Buying the right life insurance policy isn’t as easy as comparing rates online and choosing the one that has the lower price. The rates are in direct reflection to factors such as your health, age, gender and family history to name a few.

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