Archive for the Life Insurance Category


Whole Life Insurance Company Investment Risk: Non-Investment Grade Bonds to Surplus

Choosing a whole life insurance company’s product as a place to store cash requires a deeper understanding and trust in the company’s ability to care for your money. There are a multitude of metrics that we look at when we select a company for a client and these various metrics help us measure risk faced […]

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Historical Whole Life Insurance Dividend Changes: 2015 Edition

Whole life insurance dividend changes often happen once per year and we generally get excited near the end of the year when most companies announce these changes. We’ve been tracking and announcing changes when they become available for the past several years and will continue to do so in the future. The anticipation for the […]

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Five Year Indexed Universal Life Insurance Company Investment Return Trend: 2014 Edition

Indexed universal life insurance investment return on assets is an indicator we use to measure how well an insurer can maintain returns on its cash value products. Just like the whole life insurance investment return trend we published earlier this month, the same general principal applies (i.e. a higher return on assets held at the insurance […]

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Why don’t more Financial Advisors Sell Life Insurance?

The holiday season now firmly has it’s grip around many of us and since we opted not to produce an end of the year podcast that answered questions we receive from various readers and listeners, I figured I’d entertain a question that came up recently that has been asked probably twice before in emails sent […]

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Top Indexed Universal Life Insurance Carriers for Cash Accumulation 2014 Edition

We all know indexed universal life insurance has taken its place at the top of the leader-board as the dominate form of universal life insurance when cash accumulation is a primary consideration. It’s also the #1 growing type of life insurance in the United States and has held this title for several years. There’s a […]

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Do Life Insurance Guarantees Matter?

Life insurance guarantees are sometimes heralded as a key benefit. Many whole life insurance contracts are sold with a focus on the fact that the policy boasts various guarantees that—while admittedly impressive in a relative sense to all other financial products—are often overplayed. But do these guarantees actually matter? And what does the guarantee represent—I mean […]

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7 Reasons to be Wary of Indexed Universal Life Insurance? A Response to Bank on Yourself

Pam and friends over at Bank on Yourself® released a blog post detailing the reasons to be wary of Indexed Universal Life Insurance complete with a video to further emphasize their point. It comes as little surprise that a marketing program that seeks to help insurance agents sell more whole life insurance would work to […]

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Top Whole Life Insurance Carriers for Cash Accumulation 2014 Edition

When considering the best whole life insurance for retirement savings or any other derivative dealing with cash balance focus (e.g. Bank on Yourself®/Infinite Banking®, collateral assignments, retirement income, etc.) it’s vital to pick a product and a carrier that can best accommodate this goal. Whole life insurance can be an excellent choice for accumulating cash […]

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Proper Assumptions about Indexed Universal Life Insurance Income

Using indexed universal life insurance for retirement income comes with a certain degree of skill and responsibility that shouldn’t be overlooked. The liberty an agent or broker can exercise over assumed interest rates means that we need to seriously test our design and proposed ideas to ensure proper expectations as it relates to policy performance. […]

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