Annual Returns… The Trickiest Illusion of All

The biggest financial fear many people have is that they will run out of money.[i] Not only are returns shabby, at best, but human lifespan has gradually been rising. This is not a good recipe for being able to retire care free on the money you’ve put away during your career. But even with what …

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September is #Liam

Millennials are wrong again, but as usual, they think they’re right! Being a Millennial, gives me a license to pick on my generation. We think we’re pretty smart and savvy, but according to a fascinating article by Jason Fischer, we could benefit by correcting some of our outrageous assumptions about life insurance. September is life …

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How to Purchase More Money for Your Retirement

Pension plans have for the most part disappeared unless you work for the government.  And defined contribution plans (401ks) have and continue to fail in bridging the income gap which independent retirement accounts (IRAs) and social security were supposed to fill.  That being said, those aware of smart money management principles often encourage their clients …

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Face Value

In a participating whole life insurance policy, the “Face Value” of the policy is the dollar value of the benefit that will be paid should the insured die while the policy is still in force. Part of the face value consists of paid-up insurance, which is insurance that is actually owned by the policyholder. The …

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The Boom on Wall Street

…And How The Boom On Wall Street Affects Your Whole Life Insurance Dividend The stock market has reached historic heights and the Shiller price-to-earnings for the S & P 500 is “currently 34 times compared to the median level of around 16 times.”[i]  Meanwhile, the “US market cyclically adjusted price-to-earnings ratio is the highest among …

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How To Maximize Cash Value in Your Whole Life Policy

Whole Life Insurance is the original permanent life insurance product that builds cash value.  Before whole life insurance existed, life insurance was something that was leased on a yearly basis and every year the lease payment, or premium, increased because the risk that the insurance company would have to pay out a death benefit became …

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“Whatever”

According to the most recent Marist poll,[i] the most annoying phrase for Americans, for the ninth straight year in a row, is “whatever.”  Evidently “Que Sera, Sera, whatever will be, will be,’ is simply annoying to over one-third of the nation.[ii]  Yet, according to the Economic Policy Institute “Nearly half of American families have a …

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Insurance or Insult?

Today I spoke with a clinical scientist who wanted a second opinion concerning an Indexed Universal Life (IUL) insurance policy that had been suggested for him as something that would perform better than if he contributed to his employer’s 401k plan.  And with his expressed permission, here is his estimation of the IUL, “This is …

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Is A Bigger Life Insurance Policy Better?

Recently an opportunity to review a participating whole life insurance policy which had been in force for 11- years came across our desk for a complimentary review.  The policy had been underwritten by a respected company that is known for good policies that can develop high guaranteed cash values as well as great dividends.  But …

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Ironically, You’d Think They Would Know Better

Advocating the ability to leverage your life insurance policy for needed cash flow or investment capital has become a common approach for the life insurance industry to promote and sell higher premium life insurance products.  Whether those products be some form of universal life or high cash value whole life, the novelty that you can …

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