Archive for the Cash Value Life Insurance as an Asset Class Category


Indexed Universal Life Insurance: The White Coat Investor Responds

Last week we published a critical piece regarding a recent review of indexed universal life insurance that showed up on Jim Dahle’s website The White Coat Investor. Jim took our criticism seriously and on Friday of last week published a lengthy reply. Based on the time Jim has taken to address this, I felt it was necessary to offer […]

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Is Indexed Universal Life Insurance Just what the Doctor Ordered?

Most of our readers and clients are familiar with the White Coat Investor—a web site started a few years ago by Jim Dahle, a physician who practices Emergency Medicine. I’ve talked about Jim’s work before, once quite a while ago when he attempted to malign whole life insurance and again about a year ago when […]

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Even Bad Whole Life Insurance has worked out Pretty Well

Bad whole life insurance, the stuff that isn’t designed the way we suggest it should be, sometimes catches fire for its so-called poor returns. Those with something to sell you that isn’t life insurance (i.e. that competes for those dollars) like to focus on fees and talk about how terrible the product is. And in recent […]

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Why Life Insurance Policy Loans Help You Save Money

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Life insurance policy loans are a long standing feature of cash value life insurance. And this feature can be a very powerful financial tool at your disposal when used correctly. I would even argue that this feature should be the focus of such books as Bank on Yourself® […]

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Why the Blended Whole Life Idea is Conceptually Perfect, but sometimes Practically Flawed

Blended whole life insurance has long been a mainstay subject at the Insurance Pro Blog. Dare I go so far as to say it’s the subject that acted as the catalyst for the site’s existence (that might be a tad sensationalist, but also not incredibly far off from the truth). We’ve explained numerous times how […]

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If the Market Rally Continues is Indexed Universal Life Insurance Dead in the Water?

Following up on last week’s article regarding whole life insurance and improved market conditions, we’re bringing the same question up about indexed universal life insurance this week. Since we already covered some of the more intangible issues with this consideration last week, we’ll skip most of that this week (except for one nuance regarding indexed universal […]

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If the Market Continues to Rally, is Whole Life Insurance Dead in the Water?

It’s been a pretty good run for whole life insurance over the course of the last five years. 2008 scared the pants off many Americans and has reminded us all that maybe being an “investor” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. As the blood pressure among our investment salesmen and women slowly rises following […]

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Indexed Universal Life Insurance Company Asset Yield Comparison

Oops!! Not sure what happened with our other post today…but hopefully it works this time.  Thanks for your patience. As a form of cash value life insurance that can be manipulated for asset building purposes indexed universal life insurance has many coveted features. But just like we noted in the whole life insurance company asset yield comparison it’s wise […]

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Flexible Paid-up Additions Riders: When a Paid-up Addition is not just another Paid-up Addition

Paid-up Additions are a crucial component to whole life insurance when someone wants to focus on cash value accumulation. In fact, we declared the rider–the magic of cash value life insurance a long time ago. But we’ve tended to be real loosey-goosey about a very important distinction between paid-up additions, which was entirely by accident. And […]

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