Category: Life insurance

The Huebner Foundation: Foundational Life Insurance Education

“There is nothing more uncertain than life, and nothing more certain than life insurance.” Solomon Huebner It’s easy to get caught up in the more exciting parts of life insurance, like the infinite banking concept. After all, it’s exciting to think about leverage and cash flow and building your own “bank.” Yet it’s important that we don’t neglect the foundation of life insurance, which is protection and certainty. Whole life insurance is foremost, insurance. And it is the only type of insurance that is guaranteed to pay out—which is one

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Understanding the Participation Ratio in IULs

Earlier this year, we wrote about how to illustrate IUL returns in the Accumulation calculator. The reality is, IUL’s are sold as something they just aren’t—there are fewer guarantees, and a lot is still left up to risk.  Now, we have a new button that illustrates another “lesser-known” provision of an IUL policy: participation ratios/rates. The insurance company sets the participation ratio, and is non-guaranteed, which means it can change from year to year.  A participation rate controls how much dividend a policyholder will receive. For example, say the index

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Section 7702 Changes: Is Whole Life Insurance Still A Good Savings Vehicle?

By now, advisors in the industry are well aware that the life insurance industry is going through changes. The end of 2020 introduced recent changes to Section 7702 of the tax code, which hasn’t been touched in decades. While we’ve read mixed interpretations, we’re looking at the whole truth. The truth is, first and foremost, that whole life insurance is an incredibly certain asset. Insurance companies have always met guarantees and have a more than century-long track record of paying non-guaranteed dividends. Even through world wars, recessions, and the Great

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Does IUL Really Offer Stock Market Returns Without Risk?

Since the IUL (Indexed Universal Life insurance) came onto the scene, it’s been sold as a way to get stock market returns without taking any of the risk. In this case, the risk in question is losses in the stock market. Companies often have a guaranteed minimum interest rate. In theory, this should make you rich, right? So how come so many IUL policies collapse? Flexible premiums are not solely to blame. In reality, guaranteed minimum interest rates have to be tempered somehow. For whole life insurance, minimums can be

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License to Buy vs. Permission to Spend

In the financial industry, and in Truth Training specifically, there are two concepts with similar names that we often discuss. The first is the “License to Buy” idea, and the second is “Permission to Spend.”  Both are important topics, both result from whole life insurance strategies, and we must understand both so that we can help our clients. What is a “License to Buy”? Whole life insurance, as a savings vehicle, provides benefits beyond that of your typical savings account. Not only is the cash value account liquid—it provides growth

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Are Banks Safe? The Top Alternative to Saving in a Bank

Where are you storing your cash? What are the implications of that choice? Because when it comes to liquidity, growth, and certainty—banks might not be your best bet. We suggest adding cash value insurance to your financial strategy. The Importance of Cash You’ve heard the phrase, “Cash is King.” What it suggests is that cash, and cash flow, are more valuable than any other investment tools.  The phrase itself is widely used in the world of finance, but we think that it applies a little differently. When it comes to your money,

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