“Should we pay for this with the cash we have sitting in our bank account, or should we first put that cash in our IBC policy and then take a policy loan to purchase the needed item?”
OPTION VALUE EMBEDDED IN WHOLE LIFE POLICY
One obvious difference between a whole life policy and a term policy with the same death benefit, is that the former gives the policyholder the option to maintain coverage for life. (This after all is the reason we call it “permanent life insurance” and the plain vanilla “whole life” policy.)
As always, we want to educate our clients and prospects on the details necessary to design and understand the mechanics of an IBC policy. In a typical situation, we would have an individual who wants an IBC policy contributing a certain amount of dollars a year (the annual premium) for so many years. Depending on the individual’s gender, age, health status, and lifestyle, you need a death benefit of at least a certain amount of dollars to avoid the IBC policy from becoming a Modified Endowment Contract (MEC) and losing the tax-free distributions advantages.
“MEC” Defined: The acronym “MEC” is short for “modified endowment contract.” To say
that you “MEC”ed a policy means that you stuffed it with too much money and hence the IRS will now cease to classify it as a standard life insurance contract.
Conclusion: The reality is that the existence of policy loans against cash values dates back to the mid-1800s, but the life insurance industry has never vigorously promoted them.
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Capitalization Phase. The difference between the cumulative premiums paid and the cash values during the first few years of the policy is due to the initial cost of setting up the death benefit and the compensation to the financial professional who designs, sells, and will service the policy for years to come. This is what Nelson Nash calls “the capitalization phase of the policy”. It is the year that your IBC policy becomes profitable, and the profitability of your policy is contractually guaranteed to increase every year.
There are many reasons for believing that a dividend-paying whole life insurance policy from a mutual insurance company is one of the last remaining bastions of safety and growth for our savings here in the United States.
We get the following question quite often from prospects: What does it take to implement the Infinite Banking Concept (IBC) successfully?
all businesses recognizethe fact that finance of the business is necessary—butthey never address the cost of acquisition of finance!