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The Insurance Pro Blog Podcast releases new episodes each week that support professional life insurance agents and financial planners who seek to better understand how cash value life insurance, in particular, might work for the benefit of their clients.

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The Insurance Pro Blog Podcast releases new episodes each week that support professional life insurance agents and financial planners who seek to better understand how cash value life insurance, in particular, might work for the benefit of their clients.

    Why Do so Many Agents Struggle to Understand Universal Life Insurance?

    Why Do so Many Agents Struggle to Understand Universal Life Insurance?

    In this episode, we explore the complexities and misconceptions surrounding one of the most versatile insurance products out there. Universal life insurance often gets a bad rap from agents who parrot outdated claims, but there's a deeper issue at play. The vast flexibility and customization options of universal life insurance make it both incredibly powerful and somewhat intimidating.
    We'll discuss why the learning curve for universal life insurance is steeper than for term or whole life policies. It's not that universal life is inherently complicated; it's just less idiot-proof. From our own experience, navigating the numerous selectors in the illustration software was anything but intuitive, leading to confusing outputs and a lot of head-scratching moments.
    One unique aspect of universal life insurance is its lack of a specifically required premium. Unlike term and whole life insurance, universal life uses a "recommended" premium that policyholders can ignore, focusing only on the minimum required to keep the contract in force. This flexibility can lead to mistakes if agents approach it like traditional life insurance products.
    Join us as we explain universal life insurance in detail and offer practical advice on how to use it effectively. We'll share tips on avoiding common pitfalls and making the most of its customizable features. 
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    If you're interested in exploring what a universal life insurance policy (specifically indexed universal life insurance or IUL) can do for you, please click here to contact us. 

    • 33 min
    Whole Life Can Miss the Mark and Still Be Better

    Whole Life Can Miss the Mark and Still Be Better

    In this episode, we explore the impact of asset variability on retirement income. We discuss why the 4% withdrawal rule has proven effective despite assumptions of higher returns, and how market volatility affects sustainable withdrawal rates.
    You'll learn about the challenges of retirement income modeling, using examples from Monte Carlo simulations to illustrate how different asset allocations and withdrawal rates influence the probability of retirement savings lasting 30 years. We'll compare scenarios with varying stock and bond allocations, demonstrating how lower-volatility portfolios can sometimes outperform higher-return, higher-risk options for income generation.
    The episode then shifts focus to whole life insurance as a retirement planning tool. You'll discover how its narrower range of returns, often seen as a disadvantage during accumulation, can become an asset when generating retirement income. We'll explain why the reduced volatility of whole life insurance can lead to more predictable income streams and potentially lower tax liabilities.
    Using a practical example, you'll see how a whole life policy started at age 40 could provide substantial retirement income, and how it might perform under various dividend scenarios. This comparison highlights the potential advantages of whole life insurance in creating stable retirement income, even when it doesn't meet its highest projections.
    By the end of the episode, you'll have a clearer understanding of how asset volatility affects retirement income strategies and why whole life insurance might play a valuable role in your retirement planning.
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    If you'd like to see what a whole life policy can do to help you stabilize your future retirement income, please click here to get in touch with us. 

    • 29 min
    Whole Life Insurance Only Sucks When You Do It Wrong

    Whole Life Insurance Only Sucks When You Do It Wrong

    In this episode, "Whole Life Insurance Only Sucks When You Do It Wrong," we explore common mistakes people make with whole life insurance policies and how to avoid them. From buying the wrong type of policy to mismanaging loans, we’ll share real-life examples and offer practical advice to help you make informed decisions.
    We'll discuss the importance of aligning your insurance policy with your financial goals, whether for cash accumulation or death benefit protection. Misunderstandings about guaranteed rates, policy expenses, and unrealistic expectations can lead to frustration, but with the right approach, whole life insurance can be a valuable asset.
    Join us as we discuss the pros and cons of whole life insurance, providing insights to help you navigate this complex financial tool effectively. 
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    If you'd like our help with your whole life insurance policy, whether one you already have or one that you're contemplating, please click right here to get in touch with us directly. 

    • 41 min
    The Dangerous Retirement Plan You're Probably Using

    The Dangerous Retirement Plan You're Probably Using

    Today, we tackle a widespread but often misunderstood concept of retirement planning.
    Are you under the impression that time eliminates risk when it comes to your investments? Think again. In this engaging and informative episode, we break down why the common belief that "time in the market" reduces risk can lead to serious financial missteps, especially as you approach retirement.
    You'll learn about the pitfalls of relying solely on market returns and the dangers of assuming that staying invested for a long period guarantees stability. Through a detailed analysis and a hypothetical case study involving an individual named Sarah, we illustrate how market downturns can significantly impact your retirement savings, even with decades of investment.
    By the end of the episode, you'll understand the importance of focusing on income rather than just asset accumulation. Discover how to create a more secure and stable retirement plan by prioritizing income-generating assets and strategies that align with your financial goals.
    Tune in to get practical advice, debunk common myths, and learn how to build a retirement plan that offers real peace of mind. Don't let conventional wisdom lead you astray—find out how to safeguard your future today.
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    • 36 min
    Look At All The Money You Could Have In Whole Life Insurance

    Look At All The Money You Could Have In Whole Life Insurance

    In this episode of the Insurance Pro Blog Podcast, we’re diving into the surprising benefits of whole life insurance.
    Have you ever wondered how much money you could actually accumulate with a whole life insurance policy?
    We’ve got some eye-opening stories from our clients that show just how powerful these policies can be.
    Unlike the rollercoaster ride of the stock market, whole life insurance offers stability and a reliable financial foundation that can really make a difference, especially in uncertain times.
    We’ve seen firsthand how whole life insurance has helped our clients build up impressive cash reserves.
    Some have even found that the cash value in their policies outshines their other investments.
    Imagine having a financial safety net that grows steadily year after year, no matter what’s happening in the market.
    That’s the beauty of whole life insurance – it’s consistent, dependable, and gives you peace of mind.
    We also tackle some common myths about whole life insurance versus stock market investments.
    Sure, the market can offer high returns, but it also comes with higher risks and more stress.
    Whole life insurance, on the other hand, offers unique benefits like tax-deferred growth and the ability to borrow against your policy without jumping through hoops.
    It’s a key part of a well-rounded financial strategy that can offer real security.
    And let’s talk about the practical side of things.
    Paying your premiums might seem like a chore, but it’s actually a smart way to enforce savings and build wealth over time.
    Our clients appreciate the discipline it brings, helping them stay on track and grow their cash value.
    So, if you’re looking for a financial tool that offers stability, flexibility, and long-term benefits, tune in to learn why whole life insurance might be the perfect fit for your financial future.
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    If you'd like to explore how whole life insurance might fit into your plans for the future, please click right here to contact us. 

    • 36 min
    Retire Richer with These Tax Free Income Strategies

    Retire Richer with These Tax Free Income Strategies

    Ready to retire richer? In this episode, we're back to build on last week's discussion about using tax-free income to beat inflation. We'll dive deep into cash value life insurance and other strategies that can help you achieve a financially secure retirement.
    We start by comparing a traditional retirement account growing at 8% annually with a $25,000 yearly contribution over 30 years. This brings the account balance to just over $3 million, providing a fully taxable income of $122,345 per year. But what if we took a different route?
    Next, we explore the option of saving the same amount in a brokerage account and purchasing a Single Premium Immediate Annuity (SPIA). Adjusting for taxes, this strategy yields an account balance of just over $2.5 million, with a SPIA providing more than $150,000 per year in income. The kicker? Only $58,776 of that income is taxable, thanks to the non-taxable portion of $91,224.
    Finally, we dive into the benefits of saving the same amount in a life insurance policy. An Indexed Universal Life (IUL) illustration shows a result of $142,488 per year in completely tax-free income. While this isn't as high as the SPIA, the tax-free nature of the income makes it a compelling option.
    Whether you're nearing retirement or have several years left to save, it's time to rethink your strategy. If you have other sources of saved money or time on your side, these tax-free or tax-reduced income strategies could significantly enhance your buying power.
    Tune in for a conversation that could transform your retirement planning and help you retire richer. Don't miss out!
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    If any of this sounds interesting to you, please click here to get in touch with us. 

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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68 Ratings

68 Ratings

jayhay0 ,

Wealth of info

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AndyB555 ,

It’s the end of the world as we know it

As a life insurance agent here in Long Beach, NY, I’m always trying to find easy third party sources to reinforce my concepts. Not only do these guys hit the mark on that, but I (and my clients) have learned a lot from these guys. Love(d) this podcast. Amazing insider information shared in an easy and fun way that common non-financial services professionals can get. Sorry to see you guys sailing off into the sunset, however kudos to sticking to it for as long as you did on a regular basis.
- Andrew Berman

djd_1968 ,

Great podcast!!

Glad these guys are back on the air!! Great analysis and have learned so much about cash value life insurance since listening to them - they provide objective analysis - so don’t waste your time with financial ‘entertainers’ if you want to know the truth about cash value life insurance.

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