Every adviser, financial columnist, and relative has his or her own, perfect method for determining the right amount of life insurance. The three most commonly used methods are multiple of income, cover your debts, and human life value concept.Read More
The life insurance industry has developed in complexity and diversity over the years. When life insurance policies were originally created, they were insurance vehicles but over time, they’ve also become investment vehicles. Ultimately, all of this leads to a complex tax structure.Read More
A life insurance policy is a financial asset, which needs to be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure you are getting the value you expect, in exchange for the premium dollars you pay to the life insurance company. Your policy could be affected by a change in personal preference, the issuing company’s financial condition or increased competition in the insurance industry. In some instances, replacing your pre-existing policy with another one may be more beneficial for you, but it is a very big decision to make.Read More
Selling one’s life insurance policy for a life settlement is a good decision if the insured has been diagnosed with a terminal illness or their existing policy isn’t performing as expected, and once you’ve decided that selling your life insurance policy for a life settlement is a good idea, you’ll need to go through the transaction process to make it happen. The information provided below helps to explain this transaction process. Application After choosing the…Read More
Donating a life insurance to a non-profit or charitable organization is fairly common. The donation of a life insurance policy to a charity favors both the donor and the recipient. A gift of this magnitude will typically results in an income tax deduction for the donor.Read More
Equity-indexed life insurance (EIUL) is a newer form of universal life, which combines elements of variable insurance into the mix. Most EIUL policies, unlike traditional universal life, have two separate accounts that can be used to credit interest. One account has a fixed interest rate that is declared by the insurance issuer, periodically. The other provides an equity option, which offers you the opportunity to benefit from positive equity/stock market returns.Read More
Whether it’s the loss of a job, unexpected medical expenses, home repairs or just putting the kids through college, anyone in a financial bind has a variety of resources they can turn to—particularly if they already have a bit of equity to borrow against.
Options include borrowing from a life insurance policy or a 401(k) plan, tapping a home-equity loan, an ordinary refinancing or getting a reverse mortgage.
Of course no discussion of these issues would be complete without first mentioning the importance of financial planning to try and avoid this scenario. Each of these options comes with potential drawbacks to the point where some financial analysts argue for just avoiding them altogether.Read More
What are some tips to consider prior to selling a life insurance policy through a viatical or life settlement?Read More
People living with a terminal illness are often faced with very tough financial decisions, and selling their life insurance policy for a viatical settlement can help ease some financial worry. It was originally intended for AIDS patients to have early access to their life insurance policies, but has expanded to include other conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and any other life-threatening illness.Read More
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners adopted the model regulation, which is a new regulation aimed at protecting consumer and fostering consumer education. Under this regulation, new standardized procedures for policy illustrations were created to help ensure that all illustrations are not providing misleading information.Read More