Buying Life Insurance with Leverage

Buying Life Insurance with Leverage

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In the interest of building newer and sexier ways to entice you into purchasing life insurance coverage, agents and marketing organizations believe it would be extremely nifty if you harnessed the extra purchasing power of a banks money to make the policy you can purchase even larger! The idea looks something like this, buying more life insurance coverage provides you with a lot more money worth. If you borrow money from a bank and utilize that money to buy an even bigger policy you can power up your cost savings prepare with an even larger pot-o-money with OPM– other peoples money.
This isnt a particularly brand-new concept. Premium funding originated years ago and a select group of wealthy people used it as a way to buy life insurance coverage– for a discount– they needed to pay transfer taxes. But as Congress and several states cut back on taxes imposed upon ones death, the sales arm of the life insurance market needed brand-new ways to keep selling life insurance, so they decided they d take leveraging cash-focused life insurance coverage purchases out for a spin.
This led to fanciful presentations promising huge results for those clever enough and unique enough to obtain great deals of cash and plan their retirement like the Rockefellers. We revealed doubt on the viability of such a plan way back in 2015. However anytime there is cash to be made– and theres great deals of it to be made here– details like the big dangers you take on when borrowing money to purchase more life insurance than you might typically afford are minor inconveniences and we should bury them under a deluge of worthless facts and figures utilized to obfuscate net takeaway.
I Always Wanted Premium Financing to Work
I believe some people believe I hate premium financing. That I want it to die in a fiery disaster rivaled only by the Hindenberg. Not true. I really wish for special solutions to problems and I welcome out-of-the-box thinking. I am the man who when said, “I desire to start a blog site talking about how people can tactically collect individual wealth with life insurance policies.”
Theres likewise money to be made with premium financing. A lot of money. Well get more into simply how much a little later in this short article.
Ive tried for years to make premium financing work in a variety of various situations. For many of them … it just doesnt. Thats not due to the fact that there is no scenario ever that warrants the strategy. Its since there just arent that lots of circumstances that necessitate premium funding as the answer to an existing problem. That doesnt make it excellent, evil, or anything in between. Its just the reality.
More People Looking to Sell it than there are People Eligible to Buy it
Unfortunately, we find ourselves in a situation where there are more insurance representatives wanting to sell a premium funded case than there are individuals who actually fit the fact pattern that qualify them for such a plan. Premium-financed life insurance candidates are, I ensure you, a really rare type. And finding someone in such a scenario for whom you can fix a problem with the technique will net you a good-looking payday. Im not resenting the fortune an agent can acquire through premium financing when it makes sense to finance the premiums. Theres A LOT of work involved, and Ill argue rather strongly that stated representative will make every last dollar he/she gets.
But anytime there are huge rewards there is an incentive to arduously search for reality patterns that fit the expense for premium financing– and possibly just possibly relax the standards on who exactly fits completely and who does not.
When upper-middle-class professionals with an extremely low seven-figure portfolio balance– or less– start popping up on different individual finance online forums requesting guidance on financing premiums for life insurance coverage because their “financial consultant” just recommended it to them we understand someone made it past the guard tower.
Tension Testing the Idea
I decided, yet once again, to provide premium funding in its newly taken on fashion a sixth at winning me over. I gathered some info on a normal circumstance to see what it may offer and how that would compare to what other choices may exist to someone in the very same circumstance. The information are:
Male, age 45 will borrow $150,000 each year for 10 years and utilize that money to pay life insurance premiums. He will pay the debt servicing expenses of the bank loan. This means hell pay, out-of-pocket, interest on the loan, and any other costs evaluated by the bank. I used the insurance providers own software to approximate interest in addition to bank lending costs– they ought to understand much better than I what is sensible and popular.
Also, to give life insurance the best possible head start for premium funding, I picked an indexed universal life insurance coverage policy with the greatest possible indexing credit readily available.
I established the situation for the insured/borrower to obtain for 10 years and then developed the life insurance policy to require no premiums starting in year 11. I originally desired the life insurance coverage policy to pay off the bank at year 11 but it turns out that would ruin the life insurance policy so I picked permitting the loan to exist for another 10 years before the life insurance policy began paying the bank off. I provided the insurance coverage policy 5 years to achieve this goal– to put it simply, the life insurance policy starts repaying the bank loan in year 20 and completes paying off the bank at the end of year 25, heres a photo of the ledger:

The year right away following the benefit of the bank, this insurance policy holder now owns the life insurance policy with no bank encumbrance. However he does have an impressive policy loan used to repay the bank. This is a pretty typical situation used for premium funding, and the idea is that the loan will never ever grow to a point where it threatens a policy lapse. This journal validates this– assuming the presumptions are true and that this policy continues to earn the 6.18% yearly index credit and the insurer never increases the expenses of the policy.
The out-of-pocket expense of this policy was $1,260,000. This expense is the cost of servicing the financial obligation with the bank, and you can see the breakdown of this in this screenshot:

Notice that the policyholder has $1,472,843 in money worth and a survivor benefit of $3,439,514. These are net figures so they assume the loan presently exceptional on the policy gets repaid. These figures are what is left over after loan repayment.
So the policyholder borrowed almost $1.6 million dollars and paid out $1,260,000 to come to slightly less than $1.5 million in money worth and a little below $3.5 million in death advantage. His cost basis is gone, as he exhausted that paying back the initial loan– a total of $1,726,662 in loan payments drawn from the policy.
There is a gain attained on money value, however its rather small. I calculate the substance growth rate utilizing the out-of-pocket cost and the net money value in year 26 at 1.06% … how interesting …
So why else could someone want to utilize life insurance to build wealth do? Thankful you asked.
An Alternative Approach to Financing the Premium
The person in this example is going to pay out $1,260,000– thats unavoidable. Lets level that over the same duration and just buy routine life insurance coverage– sans the fancy utilize part– and see what takes place. This creates the following policy:
Notice that we begin with a much lower death advantage and a lower cash worth amount– we are, after all, paying a lower premium. By the time we get to the year the funded policy pays off the bank, we have $1,355,779 more in money worth and $202,731 more in death advantage. Funding the premiums stops working miserably versus the non-financed circumstance to develop additional wealth through cash value and it even fails to come out on the top with survivor benefit– a location that is supposed to be its strength.
Wait … theres more!
Because a lot of representatives pitch this idea as a way to turbo charge retirement preparedness, I figured it just fair to look at how these two circumstances compare to each other concerning retirement income. I decided to fix the maximum income situation starting age 75 through age 100. Here are the ledgers portraying that circumstance:
Premium Financed Income Scenario

Non-Financed Income Scenario

You are reading this correctly. The funded variation supplies $100,404 yearly while the non-financed version provides $243,384 each year. Thats a $142,980 raise when you do not trouble loaning from the bank. Remember, the out-of-pocket is the exact same in both circumstances. The hidden life insurance presumptions are the same in both circumstances. Very same business, same yearly index credit, exact same whatever else other than the funding part. Buying more life insurance coverage does not produce more advantage … well a minimum of not for the policyholder.
Theres Money to be Made
I discussed earlier that theres a severe financial reward for premium financing. Commissions? Oh yes, commissions. But initially, lets talk about the rewards for the bank. If you have not currently done so, take a moment to tally up all the income the bank generates in this scenario. The interest it gathers while lending out “OPM” to the policyholder who believes hes managed a fantastic ruse to enrich himself with “OPM.” The banks haul amounts to $1,486,662. Not bad. And all the while the bank had a 100% collateralized asset– its a non-negotiable specification of premium funding.
The commissions earned by the agent. They arent half bad either.
First, lets talk about the commissions made by the non-financed policy. I compute those to be around $27,000. Nothing to sneeze at. However the funded variation of this is all of that and after that some. I determine the premium funded commissions to be $64,685– likewise referred to as more than double the other choice. Boy howdy wouldnt that be a great pay raise.
Not everybody concurs with me on this.


As Congress and numerous states cut back on taxes imposed upon ones death, the sales arm of the life insurance market needed new methods to keep selling life insurance coverage, so they chose they d take leveraging cash-focused life insurance coverage purchases out for a spin.
Anytime there is money to be made– and theres lots of it to be made here– information like the substantial threats you take on when borrowing money to buy more life insurance than you might typically pay for are minor annoyances and we should bury them under a deluge of worthless facts and figures utilized to obfuscate net takeaway.
I am the guy who once stated, “I desire to begin a blog talking about how people can tactically accumulate individual wealth with life insurance coverage policies.”
I gave the insurance coverage policy 5 years to accomplish this objective– in other words, the life insurance policy begins repaying the bank loan in year 20 and finishes paying off the bank at the end of year 25, heres a snapshot of the journal:

Buying more life insurance doesnt produce more benefit … well at least not for the policyholder.

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