22 July 2014 0 Comments

The Permanent Policy With No Cash Value

Whole Life Insurance is the original type of permanent life insurance.  The premium is level, the cash value grows every year and the death benefit is guaranteed for life.  That all makes sense.  How, then is it possible for a Universal Life policy to have a level premium with a death benefit guaranteed for life, [...]

29 May 2014 0 Comments

Is a MEC bad? Can it be avoided?

The term “MEC” is an acronym for Modified Endowment Contract.  A MEC is created when the premiums paid in the first 7 years of a life insurance policy exceed certain limits.  Unless you’re an actuary there is no need to know the formulae that defines those limits.  If you are contemplating the purchase of a [...]

22 May 2014 0 Comments

Some More Terminology Clarification

Here are a few more insurance terms that could use a little clarification: Surrender Charge A surrender charge is a charge made against the cash Accumulation Value of a Universal Life Policy. The charge begins at a high amount in the first policy year and gradually reduces each year, generally vanishing between the 10th and [...]

20 May 2014 0 Comments

The Language of Life Insurance

I’m guilty!  There are times when I banter around terms that mean something to me, but are meaningless—or downright misleading—to non-insurance people.  That’s why I included a Life Insurance Terminology tab on this site.  But, even with that assist, much of our “insider’s terminology” needs clarification.  So, here goes on some of those terms that [...]

16 May 2014 0 Comments

What do you do with the cash?

In my last entry I discussed steps to take when replacing one life insurance policy with another.  Now I’ll cover what considerations there are when a life insurance policy that has cash value is either being replaced or discontinued. Options available to use the cash to continue insurance with the same policy were covered two [...]

14 May 2014 0 Comments

Help! My Life Insurance Premiums are too High!

If premiums for your car insurance are too high, you simply shop the market and if another insurance company beats what you’re paying, you switch.  It’s a pretty easy decision to make.  But, the Life Insurance switch is not so easy.  Aside from the fact that life insurance policies tend to be more complex, it’s [...]

8 May 2014 0 Comments

The Case of the Unecessary ILIT

A few years ago you may have established an Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust (ILIT) in order to provide liquidity for estate taxes.  At the time, the per-person exemption was only $1,000,000 but now the exemption is north of $5,000,000 and due to rise with the CPI.  The life insurance in that ILIT is no longer [...]

5 March 2014 0 Comments

How Lab Results Affect Premiums

When you apply for a life insurance policy the insurance company has you take a medical exam.  Providing blood and urine samples is included.  These bodily fluids are sent to independent medical laboratories for analysis that provides the insurance companies with a great deal of information used in determining the correct premium to be charged. [...]

21 January 2014 0 Comments

The Life Insurance Review

How often should you review your life insurance program?  If you liken a meeting with your life insurance agent to a trip to the dentist, you will probably approve of my answer:  Once every 5 years is enough unless you have a change in your financial picture. Here are changes in the financial picture of [...]

10 January 2014 0 Comments

Should You Wait And See?

You’re age 57, in reasonably good health and your term insurance policy you bought 10 years ago is coming to its end. You figure at this point in your life a $200,000 policy is what you want to carry until the day you die.  Now, if you’ll tell me when that fatal day will arrive, [...]