All posts by Brantley Whitley

IPB 136: Leaving One Life Insurance Company for Another

No one wants to quit or be forced to change the primary life insurance company that they are writing business with. Unfortunately, there are times when it is unavoidable…either because the company

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IPB 135: The Ohio National Variable Annuity Episode

Ohio National officially closed its VA biz and cut trail commissions (fees?) owed to B/D’s and brokers on December 13th, 2018 for any VA sold with a guaranteed minimum income benefit. We don’t know

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Should You Intentionally UNDERfund Whole Life Insurance?

Last week I was having an email conversation with a member of our audience. As part of an email that I sent out (to those lucky enough to be on our subscriber list), I asked a question and I got quite

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Is Universal Life Insurance Collapsing?

Universal life insurance is really not that interesting, but you'd never guess that by reading pretty much anything that gets published about it in the mainstream press. In fact, it has been featured in

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Working With Bad Life Insurance Companies

Today's episode is all about the evils of working with companies that turn out to be major disappointments. Who are we talking about specifically? Well, we're not gonna name names here. Not today.

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3 Legitimate Reasons NOT to Buy Whole Life Insurance

http://traffic.libsyn.com/insuranceproblogpodcast/IPB_121__The_Top_Legitimate_Reasons_NOT_to_Buy_Whole_Life_Insurance.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadIn our last post and podcast episode,

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5 Reasons Why Whole Life Insurance Is Bad According to the Internet

If you’ve been around the life insurance industry for more than five minutes, it’s pretty likely that you’ve encountered all sorts of reasons as to why whole life insurance is bad. In fact, it’s

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IPB 119: Musings from Father 401k

It's not much of a stretch to suggest that the 401k has become the default option for most people to fund their future retirement. For most folks, that's pretty much the only option offered by their employer–or

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IPB 117: Why Are Life Insurance Companies Afraid to Communicate?

Why is that life insurance companies seem so reluctant to answer important questions? If you've been in the life insurance biz long enough this is probably one of your many laments. It certainly is for

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IPB 116: Life Insurance Policy Loan Pitfalls

Before anyone reads the title for this post/podcast and thinks we've suddenly reversed course on our fondness for cash value life insurance, think again. We've not changed our minds, we're just pointing

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IPB 115: Annuities Today, Life Insurance Tomorrow

Recently, the Securities and Exchange Commission has started taking comments from the public in an effort to build their own version of the failed DOL fiduciary rule. Take a few minutes and look at the

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IPB 113: The Stumbling Blunders of Accordia Life Insurance Company aka Global Atlantic

Today’s topic is not so much about the mechanics of everyday life insurance but diverges into the seedy underbelly of the industry and the problems that certain transactions have caused. Well, one particular

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IPB 108: Should it be Fee Only vs Commission Financial Advisor?

Today is less about the mechanics of life insurance in the aspect of how it applies to you, but more in how it applies to us. We wanted to dive into the fee only vs. commission financial advisor model,

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IPB 107: When Interest Rates Go Up, Bonds Go Down. What Does It Mean for my Life Insurance?

Everybody wants to know what is going to happen with the insurance industry if interest rates go up, go down, stay the same, etc. So, we figured today was as good a day as any to address some speculation

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IPB 106: Diversifiable Risk vs Market Risk: The Discussion You’re Not Having

Today we’re talking about what happens when it all falls apart. DISCLAIMER: We’re not offering any sort of individualized investment advice. This is for entertainment purposes. We just sell life insurance. For

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IPB 105: Is Indexed Universal Life Insurance Worth it even if the Interest Rate Assumptions are Wrong?

We’re going back to a topic that circles the indexed universal life Insurance wagon. This subject comes up from time to time, and the core question is: is indexed life insurance worth it? And, why do

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IPB 104: You Can Just Buy Bonds: One of the Reasons Not to Buy Whole Life Insurance

Today, we’re talking about the “scam” that has been perpetuated by life insurance companies for over a hundred years. I know, I can hear you saying to yourself, “which scam is that, there

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IPB 103: Why Does the Life Insurance Industry Suck at Marketing?

Why don't life insurance companies do a better job of marketing the many benefits of using their cash value life insurance policies?  They talk a lot about death benefit, not so much about anything else. Example

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IPB 101: The 2018 Whole Life Dividend Analysis

Since 2013, we have published the only public analysis of variation in dividends for major participating whole life insurance products.  This analysis is a better gauge of product dividend performance

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IPB 100: The 2018 Ultimate Guide to Paid Up Additions

We love paid-up additions and if you've listened to us at all, you're not all that surprised. But we’ve made a little misstep in terms of being so broad in our discussion about them. And we're always

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IPB 098: Why You Should Probably Avoid Life Insurance Premium Financing

We realize that premium finance is really big subject and there's much to say about this. In today's podcast we're discussing some the “less than savory” pitches circulating out there. Much

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IPB 094: The Ticking 401k TimeBomb

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College has released their latest report which compiles information from the Federal Reserve's: Survey of Consumer Finances (SCF) which provides a glimpse into

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IPB 093: Indexed Universal Life In-Force Review

  Well, it's the end of the year once again. As we typically do at this point, we're conducting policy reviews for our clients, evaluating how we've all faired in 2017 and making plans for the new

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IPB 092: Is Cash Value Life Insurance No Longer a Good Idea?

The trend for dividend interest rates for participating whole life insurance and the cap rates for indexed universal life insurance have been a long trend downward. No denying that. But does that change

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IPB 91: 2017 Dividend Season

It's that time of year again…time for companies that offer participating whole life insurance policies to make their dividend announcements for the coming year. (And yes, we realize these are technically

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IPB 090: Is Cash Value Life Insurance Expensive?

Over the past few weeks, we've had a half-dozen or so conversations with folks who would like to understand the expense of owning cash value life insurance. Yes, for the sake of our discussion we are lumping

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IPB 089: The Misery of Retirement

  The 2017 Boomer Expectations for Retirement survey from the Insured Retirement Institute reveals that things are not really improving for Boomers as they move into and toward retirement. There are

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IPB 088: Do Increased Expense Charges Really Cause Problems for Universal Life Insurance?

It seems there's no end to the bad news in our industry as it relates to increased COI/expense charges for universal life insurance policies that were sold by SOME companies. Lawsuits are popping up and

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IPB 087: Listen Carefully, We Have Something Important to Tell You About Life Insurance

  Often times, understanding the power of cash value life insurance requires a paradigm shift. It's not all that complicated really, just not entirely comparable to anything else. A vast majority

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