How to Plan Retirement Income

It occurred to me recently that 2018 marks a milestone anniversary for me.  I've now worked professionally in the financial services/insurance industry for 10 years.  That's 10 years of being paid to

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Indexed Universal Life Insurance Pros and Cons

There are so many questions floating around the internet that center around indexed universal life insurance pros and cons. Indexed universal life insurance is the hottest thing going in the life insurance

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Will Your Indexed Universal Life Insurance Policy Produce an 8% Average Return?

Last week we discussed the probability of achieving various returns on a passive investment in the S&P 500.  This week I want to take a similar analysis and direct it to indexed universal life insurance. 

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What are your Odds of an 8% Average Return on Investment in the Stock Market?

When you start your career in the financial services industry you pretty quickly figure out that you must bow at the altar of the average return on investment in the stock market. Well, that and a couple

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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 102: Is Index Universal Life Insurance Market Neutral?

We like life insurance because it marches to its own beat.  In other words, when CNBC is reporting panic over Facebook, life insurance carries on almost as if its never even heard of Mark Zuckerberg. 

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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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Life Insurance Guarantees: A Big Misinterpretation

Few aspects of life insurance are more misunderstood than the guarantees of a permanent life insurance contract (particularly whole life insurance).  You wouldn't believe many of the claims we've heard

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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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How Does Life Insurance Create Retirement Income?

We all understand that life insurance provides a death benefit, but its ability to offer additional financial resources are spectacular and often understated.  If you've researched the topic of life insurance

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Are Whole Life Insurance Policies Worth It?

If you've been doing a lot of research about the different types of life insurance, maybe you're wrestling with a big question…Is whole life insurance worth it? That's a simple question with a not-so-simple

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IPB 095: When a Lower Rate of Return Gives You More Money

“Whole life insurance/universal life insurance is a terrible investment because the rate of return is horrible.”  We've heard that before.  You don't have to wander the interwebs far to find

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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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BREAKING NEWS: Guardian Life 2018 Dividend

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America announced its plans to pay participating policyholders a total of $911 million in dividends in 2018.  This will mark the largest total dividend payout

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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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BREAKING NEWS: MassMutual 2018 Dividend

MassMutual announced its plans to pay participating policy holders a combined $1.6 billion in dividends.  This total payout will be 

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BREAKING NEWS Northwestern Mutual 2018 Dividend Announced

Northwestern Mutual Life announced its plans to pay policyholders an combined $5.3 billion in 2018.  This dividend payment will be represent a

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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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IPB 086: You’re Focusing on the Wrong Thing

  Following up our episode from last week where we discussed how an indexed universal life (IUL) policy would have fared over the last 10 years, we thought it would be interesting to dig into THE

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