21 August 2014 0 Comments

More Life Insurance Uses for Foreign Internationals

In my last entry I discussed special estate tax needs of Foreign Nationals and how life insurance can be an effective answer.  Aside from estate tax liability, there are also some other uses of life insurance issued by U.S. insurers that are attractive to foreign nationals. International investors often look for safe, secure U.S. based [...]

19 August 2014 0 Comments

Special Estate Needs of Foreign Nationals

Non-resident aliens who own U.S. real estate. Non-resident aliens who directly own certain U. S. assets are exposed to U.S. estate tax liability and only $60,000 may be exempt from this tax, not the $5,000,000+ exemption normally allowed for U.S. citizens.  Here’s an example: Pedro Sanchez is not a U.S. citizen and is a resident [...]

15 August 2014 0 Comments

The Flexibility of Universal Life

My previous entry dealt with how Universal Life (UL) could be structured to resemble a 20 year term policy.  This is just one of the flexibility features of Universal Life.  There might also be some flexibility in amount of death benefit, but here I’ll deal just with premium flexibility and access to cash value in [...]

7 August 2014 0 Comments

Help Yourself to the Best Premiums

There are many factors that go into what you will be charged for life insurance.  There is really only one of those factors that is totally out of your control:  family history.  If your father died of a heart attack at the age of 55 there’s nothing you can do about that, and that would [...]

30 July 2014 0 Comments

The Feel Good Factor

Buying a new car can make you feel good…until the new car smell wears off and you no longer bother to get it washed every week.  Moving into a new home always makes you feel good…until the newly escalated real estate taxes come due.  Partying with a bunch of your pals from college, reminiscing about [...]

24 July 2014 0 Comments

The Best or Worst Retirement Tool

The primary purpose of life insurance is to provide a death benefit, not to build cash value.  Its main function is not to supplement retirement income.  With that said, however, life insurance policies have some advantages not offered by any other financial vehicles that can provide for a very efficient retirement resource.  They can also [...]

16 July 2014 0 Comments

Who Should Buy The AARP Life Insurance Program?

My AARP magazine arrived recently containing a full page ad with the heading:  DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH LIFE INSURANCE?  Well, I actually do have enough, but since the subject interests me, I read on.  It’s a special program only for AARP members offered by New York Life Insurance Company—one of the oldest most financially sound [...]

10 July 2014 0 Comments

Why buy life insurance if you don’t need it?

Not everyone needs life insurance.  If you are single with no one dependent on your income and your liquid assets are more than sufficient to meet final expenses, then you really don’t have a current need for life insurance.  However, the operative word in that statement is current.  Is it possible that some day there [...]

3 July 2014 0 Comments

The Never, Always, Everyone Fallacy

A claim made by the Auto Club referenced in my last blog triggered the topic for this entry.  It was a statement that a particular policy was recommended for all their members.  That falls in line with declarations occasionally made by agents that they never sell a certain type of policy (Whole Life is a [...]

12 June 2014 0 Comments

No B.S.! Just tell me what insurance policy is best

More than once I’ve heard a version of this demand:  Don’t sell me; just tell me in simple language what type of life insurance is the best to buy!  Okay, I hear your frustration.  I’ll try to comply, though without some information on your personal needs and objectives, that’s going to be tough. But, if [...]