Archive for the Life Insurance Category


Best Performing 10 Pay Whole Life Products for Death Benefit: 2015 Edition

Last week we revealed results of our 10 pay whole life comparison for cash surrender value and this week we have the results comparing the death benefits of various 10 pay whole life products. The comparison uses data collected from the same policy proposals used in the cash value comparison. Male and female ages 45 […]

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Best Performing 10 Pay Whole Life Products for Cash Value: 2015 Edition

We’ve gathered information on the best performing 10 pay whole life products for 2015 looking at cash value rate of return. As a quick review

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The Myth of the Rising Cost of Universal Life Insurance

For years, those who favor whole life insurance have told us that universal life insurance has an evil side. The product with an optimal expense structure that affords the policyholder ample opportunity to adjust premiums as personal finances require also possesses the nasty cost of “shifting the risk back onto the policyholder,” thus (a favorite […]

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Whole Life Insurance Guaranteed Cash Value Gaffe: A Financial Planner gets it very wrong

Normally we are fine with leaving minor mistakes people make regarding various financial products alone—long time readers of this blog know we’ve sure made our fair share of editing booboos among the nearly 500 articles we’ve written in the past three years. Recently, we were called in to review advice (a second opinion) given by […]

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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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