Should Savvy Business Owners Own Whole Life Insurance?

Should Savvy Business Owners Own Whole Life Insurance?

Cash-value life insurance–e.g. whole life and indexed universal life insurance–offers the policy owner the option to use policy values while he/she is still alive.  There are a few ways to go about this, but today I want to talk about the loan feature. Taking a loan against a life insurance policy is one of the …

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Do We Hate Annuities?

We don’t spend enough time talking about annuities.  It’s true.  We know it.  We occasionally talk about it–Brantley and I.  We even make plans to do something about it.  Then it gets lost in the bustle of life–forgotten until the next time we remember that we don’t talk enough about annuities. You’d think things would …

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Will COVID Destroy Life Insurers’ Balance Sheets?

Will COVID Destroy Life Insurers' Balance Sheets?

We’re now well over a year since the COVID-19 Pandemic began, and this means we now have some data that gives us some insights into how the Pandemic is affecting life insurers.  Not surprisingly, when the Pandemic began, we saw ample hand-wringing among life insurance companies.  Many of them quickly put strict restrictions in place …

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The Life Insurance Product that Produces an Amazing Rate of Return

The Life Insurance Product that Produces an Amazing Rate of Return

Persistently low-interest rates leave more conservative investors in a tough position.  While these people aren’t really keen on assuming a position in higher-risk assets, the returns achieved on fixed-interest options have been on a downward trend for more than a decade.  Cash-value life insurance products do tend to compare very favorably as fixed-interest options, but …

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How to Make the 4% Rule Even Better

How to Make the 4% Rule Even Better

Retirement income planning is a complicated and–for many–an elusive task.  Industries that exist to help everyday Americans prepare for retirement spend millions of dollars every year trying to craft flashier and fancier marketing hooks to convince would-be retirement preppers to entrust them with their hard-saved dollars.  And well-meaning reporters churn out thousands of articles every …

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New Whole Life Insurance: Keep Your Eye on the Income

New Whole Life Insurance: Keep Your Eye on the Income

The end of 2020 brought a major change to the life insurance industry.  A last-minute change to legislation established a new–lower–guaranteed interest rate for cash value life insurance policies.  The exact rules vary a bit depending on the insurance product, but the most notable change affected whole life policies because they would need an overhaul …

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Life Insurance Gets Better with Age

Life Insurance Gets Better with Age

The rate of return one achieves on a cash value life insurance policy is sometimes hotly debated.  This is especially true when opining on the adequacy of the rate of return.  On the one hand, we have a crowd of people who think it’s paltry and represents a foolish financial move because–allegedly–you can do so …

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Why are You Still Paying Your Whole Life Insurance Premium?

Why are You Still Paying Your Whole Life Insurance Premium?

A lot of people buy whole life insurance policies with the intention of one day stopping the premium payment.  In some cases, these are guaranteed paid-up policies like a 10-Pay whole life product.  In other cases, the policyholder uses non-guaranteed features of the policy to cover the premium.  In others, a nonforfeiture option comes into …

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