"Rent" an inexpensive Term Life Insurance policy to ensure that the dreams your loved ones have are financially possible - whether you're here to see it or not!
If I had the opportunity to "do over" my financial life as a younger person (I'm 67 now), I would take the match offered in an employer's 401(k) plan, open an IRA for myself, and invest in an Indexed Universal Life (IUL) policy. An IUL offers tax free growth, the opportunity to earn as much interest as 13% per year with no chance of losing money, and the ability to take the cash value growth in a policy as tax free "loans" that are withdrawals against the policy's death benefit.
Additionally, consider that low cost long-term care coverage can be, in some cases, a free benefit. How? If an insured cannot perform 2 of the 6 activities of daily living, many policies offer a monthly benefit as much as 2% of the death benefit. Consider that a $250,000 death benefit would pay $5,000 per month in this example. Why buy an expensive, stand-alone long term care policy?
Permanent life policies are also available in other forms beside the Indexed Universal Life. A whole life policy offers more in guarantees but less opportunity to earn as much in gains. A Universal Life (non indexed) also offers cash value gains while maintaining flexibility in its design.
A permanent policy can be used for college funding because the cash value in a policy does not count as an asset on the FAFSA form when calculating financial aid. Nor do tax-free loans.
Medicaid versatility is another feature offered by permanent life policies. A fixed income can begin at the policy owner's discretion. Now the cash value in the policy no longer counts as an asset that must be spent-down.
Why should you use an Indexed Universal Life policy as one of your wealth building and retirement tools? Safety! In years when the measuring index (i.e., the S&P 500) earns a negative rate of return, the account is credited Zero. So, when the market loses, you don't! But, each year when the measuring index records a gain, these increases are locked-in and can NEVER be lost due to a stock market downturn. Here's a comparison example:
Start with $100,000 in an Indexed Universal Life Policy
Year 1: Market gains 10% so account is now worth $110,000
Year 2: Market loses 15% so account value remains $110,000
Year 3: Market gains 5% so account value is now worth $115,500
Start with $100,000 in a brokerage account
Year 1: Market gains 10% so account is now worth $110,000
Year 2: Market loses 15% so account is now worth $93,500
Year 3: Market gains 5% so account value is now worth $98,175
In this fictitious example the Indexed Universal life policy grew 17.6% more than the brokerage account - without taking any risk! Do you see the power of growing wealth using this type of policy? Not only do you eliminate market risk, but you enjoy the power of locking-in gains! In the example above, the $110,000 is never susceptible to loss due to the market. Request a no obligation, free quote by clicking the button:
The cash value in the policy is tied to a financial index like the S&P 500. When the index is positive, the policy is credited by the amount of gain up to a certain limit - typically withing the 12-13% range. If the index has a negative return, the policy is credited 0%. No losses are possible due to market risk!
I carry an example illustration in my briefcase for a 28 year old male contributing $500/month to an Indexed Universal Life policy and then discontinuing premiums at age 65. I used an assumed return rate of 6.5%. At age 65, he can withdraw $78,275/year for the rest of his life. If he dies at age 92, he will have taken tax free loans of $2,113,425 and his beneficiaries will still receive $348,022 as a tax free death benefit. His totals premiums would have totaled $384,000. See why I like them so much?
Now I want to address a huge advantage that many Indexed Universal Life polices offer. It's not a difficult concept, nor is it easy to explain. So, I will refer to the example above. When the policy earns market credits, they are calculated on the full account value. Even though he received tax-free payments of $2,113,425, the market credits are calculated as if the money were still in policy. Technically, it is - as an account receivable. He's borrowing against the policy - not from the policy. For example, if the market credit was 5% that year, the policy would receive a credit of $2,113,425 x .05 = $105,671! What a benefit!
Who am I?
I am a piece of paper.
I am a promise.
I help people see their dreams.
I am an education for their children.
I am savings.
I am real estate property.
I lend money when you need it most – with no questions asked.
I pay off mortgages so that families can remain together in their own home.
I create, manage, and distribute property.
I guarantee the continuity of business.
I protect the jobs of employees.
I am evidence that a man or woman is a good spouse and parent.
I am a declaration of financial independence.
I am a certificate of character.
I am protected by laws.
I bring dignity, peace of mind, and security to the latter years of life.
I am the great social compact that merges the individual into the immeasurable strength of humans standing together.
I supply investment capital helping smoke go up chimneys, wheels turn, and motors hum.
I guarantee that there will always be Christmas, with tinsel, a happy fireside, and the laughter of children.
I am the guardian angel of the house.
Term insurance is probably the simplest type of life insurance to understand. A contract is entered in to between an insurance company and the owner (purchaser) of the policy. A determination is made at the inception concerning how long (the term) the policy will remain in force as long as premiums are paid on a timely basis. If the insured doesn't die during the term, there is no death benefit paid. Because of the very small probability of someone passing away at a young age, term life insurance is quite affordable for many people with young children. These folks are my favorite candidates for term insurance.
Policies may be designed differently. For example, a policy might carry a "right of renewal" when the term period ends. Others may be "convertible" to a permanent cash value policy without the insured having to prove to the insurance company that they are still in good health. This could be very important for an insured who developed a terminal illness but is expected to outlive the length of the term policy.
The owner doesn't have to be the one whose life is insured. The owner only has to have what is referred to as an "insurable interest". This simply means that the policy owner must be in a position to lose financially if the insured passes away. And this only has to be the case when the policy is purchased. So a divorced person can keep a policy on a former spouse as long as the premiums are paid.
It's really quite easy to obtain a quote for term insurance. In most cases, policies can be issues in just a matter of a few days. I like using a company named "Lightning Issue Term Insurance," because they issue policies so fast. If you suspect a company may be a little wary of your medical condition, try Lightning Term. If you'd like a quote, click on the button and you will likely find out quickly if you qualify:
However, if you think that your health is excellent enough to try to obtain the very best rate possible, click the button below. I will receive your message and will immediately contact you. In addition to completing a much more detailed application, a nurse technician will make an appointment with you to take a urine and blood sample. The company may also request medical records from you doctors' offices. The entire process may take four to six weeks. It's a process, but it's not difficult.
Term life insurance enjoys many of the wonderful benefits permanent life insurance offers:
TAX FREE DEATH BENEFIT
AVOIDS PROBATE SO NO ATTORNEYS ARE REQUIRED
BENEFICIARY DESIGNATIONS ARE PRIVATE
Policies can accumulate enough credits through the SAGE program to pay for students' first year of college
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