July 7, 2016

IPB 034: Yep, They Take Your Money When You Die (life insurance myths debunked part 4)


There’s no doubt a number of people have made arguments against the ownership of cash value life insurance. You don’t have to spend a lot much time surfing ye olde’ interwebs to find such evidence.

Too many of these arguments are propped up on misinterpretations of the various products that exist–heck even the agents themselves can’t come to a consensus on how things work.

But one of my favorite literal interpretations about cash value life insurance that’s used to substantiate the opposition is the fact that Read More…

June 30, 2016

IPB 033: Good Returns Take too Long to Materialize with Cash Value Life Insurance (life insurance myths debunked part 3)


If you've missed part 1 and part 2 of this five-part series, it would be worth your time to go back and listen to both of those episodes. It's not a pre-requisite, but it will help give you a little context for what I'm about to say…

This third argument against owning cash value life insurance (whole life and/or universal life) is the most ridiculous one so far.

The third argument goes something like this, “it just takes too long to see a return on my money”. Read More…

June 23, 2016

IPB 032: Life Insurance is a Terrible Investment and the Rate of Return Stinks (life insurance myths debunked part 2)

life insurance returns stink

The claim that life insurance returns are terrible is nonsense and a form of weak thinking mostly intended to confuse and mislead. But it's easier for all the financial bloggers and talking heads to agree with each other, so…

It seems that most people's only measure of savings or investment strategy is to look at the rate-of-return. If the return is higher, it must by default be better.  Read More…

June 16, 2016

IPB 031: High Commissions Make Life Insurance a Bad Deal (life insurance myths debunked part 1)



Over the next few weeks our podcast will look at five of the most common myths people have regarding life insurance. In particular, we're looking at those myths that attack cash value life insurance and the evil people (us) that sell it.

If you want a preview of each topic, you should head over here to see the “Top Five Arguments…” and the links to a more in-depth explanation of both. Read More…

June 9, 2016

IPB 030: The Definitive Argument Against Buy Term and Invest the Difference

Two young caucasian office worker starting to fight


Buy term and invest the difference has long been the mantra of investment salesman(women) and Primerica built an entire company around the idea. The premise behind the concept has always been that one could achieve a greater return with “investments”  vs. traditional whole life insurance and it’s cash surrender value build up. Read More…

June 7, 2016

Whole Life Insurance has a Strong Risk Adjusted Return – Historical Evidence

Risk return

Three years ago this past Friday we published one of the most significant blog posts on this web site. This post, and a successor post we published last year remain some of the most popular content we’ve created.

For those unfamiliar with the original article, it reported on real historical data provided by a whole life insurance policyholder who was fortunate enough to purchase a decently designed blended whole life insurance policy back in the early 90’s. Read More…

June 2, 2016

IPB 029: How the Economy Impacts Universal Life Insurance

This week's episode is a continuation of the discussion we had last week. If you didn't catch that one, you can go and listen to it now.

Last week we discussed the impact that the economy and more specifically, interest rates, have on whole life insurance. This week is all about how the economy has, can and will impact universal life insurance.

What happens if interest rates go up (as we suspect is going to happen)?

Listen to the full episode to find out more.

May 26, 2016

IPB 028: How the Current Economy Impacts Whole Life Insurance

Economic Pressure on Whole Life Insurance

Today's episode dives into a discussion of how economic conditions and more specifically how interest rates have and will effect whole life insurance dividends. What happens if rates go down further? I know it doesn't seem likely but there are other countries around the world that have negative short term rates currently.

Or better yet, what happens if rates move higher (as the Fed seems to be indicating will happen throughout the rest of the year)?

I'm pretty sure that no one ever anticipated a world where the Fed would hold short-term interest rates at 0% for as long as it has. Obviously, this has had an impact all along the yield curve (see below).

yield curve 5-24-2016

And it certainly has an impact on life insurance companies.

But probably not in exactly the way that you would expect. Life insurance companies definitely buy boatloads of bonds as they are required to “match” underlying assets with the liability they assume in issuing new policies.

However, they're not under as much pressure as you might think.

Why? Well, listen to the episode to hear more on the specifics.

May 19, 2016

IPB 027: Life Insurance Policy Expense Comparison

business spreadsheet with percentages and red figures


In today's episode, we dipped into the mailbag and pulled out a question from one of you, our listeners. To be more precise, the question was part of a comment that was asked after episode 25 (Life Insurance as a Retirement Tool Part 1).

Kevin asked: Read More…

May 12, 2016

IPB 026: Life Insurance as a Retirement Tool Part 2

One broken wrench lies on white background

First, if you haven't listened to the previous episode (IPB 025), you really should. That episode will provide a bit of context for today's episode.

I'm sure that most people who frequent this site and listen to our podcast assume that we think life insurance is a virtual financial swiss army knife.

And while it is indeed a wonderful tool. It's  Read More…


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