TEFRA DEFRA TAMRA: How Taxes Effect Life Insurance

Life insurance enjoys some unique tax benefits, but it also faces limits imposed by legislation we know as TEFRA DEFRA and TAMRA.  These pieces of legislation established specific guidelines as to what

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Is 10 Pay Whole Life Insurance Any Good?

Using whole life insurance as a place to store cash and to accumulate wealth works well for people who have a decent amount of discretionary income and realistic expectations. Most life insurance companies

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3 Legitimate Reasons NOT to Buy Whole Life Insurance

In our last post and podcast episode, we compiled the 5 Reasons Whole Life Insurance is a Bad Idea…According to the Internet. To show you that we are fair and balanced when it comes to the pros

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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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Best Whole Life Insurance Products for Cash Value 2018

We originally released our opinion on the best whole life products for cash value accumulation in 2013.  We re-visited the subject in 2014, and then never again discussed the topic.  In truth, the topic

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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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