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When Was The Last Time You Had Your Life Insurance Reviewed?
Optimizing Your Life Insurance Coverage
THINGS TO CONSIDER
A thorough policy review should start with a current review of the insured’s personal, financial and/or business situation. Is the policy needed for
its original objective or have the insured’s needs changed? Only after the insured’s needs are determined can the policy itself be reviewed. In-force
illustrations may be requested from the issuing life insurance carrier. Consider the following when reviewing the policy:
- Is the policy performing as expected?
- Has the policy experienced market volatility or decreased interest or dividend crediting rates?
- Has the insured’s risk tolerance changed?
- Has there been any change in the carrier’s financial status?
- Have there been any improvements in medical underwriting of the insured’s impairments, or are there table shaving programs available
that could reduce a policy’s mortality costs or eliminate undesirable ratings?
- Have there been reductions in the current costs of insurance available in the marketplace?
Life insurance is a complex and highly flexible financial instrument that should be monitored regularly. Like any financial asset, it will not necessarily
perform as originally illustrated. Policies may not be performing well due to market downturns over the past few years or historically low interest
rates. Some carriers have even increased their cost of insurance charges so they can continue to be profitable where they have been unable to
lower interest crediting rates any further due to contractual guarantees. Additionally, needs change and the current coverage may be insufficient
or no longer needed for its original purpose.
Life insurance products are constantly evolving. Recent design improvements may not have existed at the time the current policy was issued. For
Extended Maturity Riders These riders address the increasing life expectancy of aging America by preventing the life insurance policies from
endowing during an insured’s lifetime. If a policy were to endow due to the insured living to the policy endowment age (e.g., age 95 or 100), the
policy cash value would be payable and taxable as ordinary income to the extent it exceeded the tax basis of the policy.
Indexed Universal Life (IUL) Policies The cash accumulation within an IUL policy is based upon the performance of a stock index, such as the S&P
500, or multiple indices. The cash value inside an IUL policy is adjusted based on the movement of the selected index and not the actual purchase
of stocks, bonds or mutual funds. Additionally, IUL policies usually provide a floor that can protect the policyholder from negative returns — and a
cap that limits how much of the selected index’s performance can be credited to the cash value growth.
No-Lapse Guarantee (NLG) Products/Riders These products maintain the death benefit in force, regardless of the cash value performance, as long
as the required NLG premium is paid. Guarantees are subject to the claims-paying ability of the issuing company.
Long-Term Care (LTC)/Chronic Illness Riders An LTC or chronic illness rider allows the insured to accelerate the life insurance policy’s death benefit
on a tax-free basis to pay for qualifying expenses as defined in the policy. Any amount paid out reduces the policy’s death benefit. Once
acceleration begins, the death benefit is generally reduced “dollar for dollar” and the cash value is reduced proportionately.
Life insurance is an important component of one’s financial plan. Too often, it is purchased for a specific purpose and forgotten about. Situations
change, and the current coverage could be insufficient or the policies may be underperforming, leaving the policy holder at risk for unexpected
premiums or taxable events. Insureds should review their policies regularly, as well as their current personal/financial and business situations, to be
sure the policies are performing and the coverage is in line with their current needs.
Please contact me for more information or to schedule a policy review: 203-222-4951 or firstname.lastname@example.org