Life Insurance

Life Insurance in Retirement

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What is Life Insurance In Retirement?

You probably know a little bit about life insurance. For example, you might know that life insurance can offer financial protection for your family after you pass away. Yet, life insurance in retirement may be able to do much more than that. Take, for instance, an indexed universal life (IUL) insurance policy. An IUL is another potential way to receive tax-free* retirement income. Also, this type of protection may also be a way to secure some of your retirement savings. For example, if your retirement accounts are at their maximum amounts you may be looking for other places to put your money. Overall, life insurance in retirement can serve multiple purposes.

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Banks and Insurance Companies

If we think about the history of financial services, which institutions have been the pillars? That’s right – banks and insurance companies. Both of these organizations have their own tools to protect your money. Banks, for example, may offer certificates of deposit (CDs) or savings accounts. However, you may be looking for more benefits or a slightly higher rate of return than those tools may provide. In that case, you may wish to consider some offerings from certain insurance companies.

Specifically, indexed universal life insurance (IUL) policies may be one option to consider. Additionally, if you currently have any cash-value life insurance policies, there may be options available for you to convert those into an IUL. For example, some whole life, variable life, or other universal life insurance policies might allow for this type of change. Curious about your options for life insurance in retirement? Contact us to schedule an appointment.

IUL and Retirement

Could an IUL have a place in your retirement plan? Let’s look at some of the potential benefits. First, an IUL may offer a way to receive tax-free* income. Also, there may even be ways of accessing your money in a non-taxable way. Here’s something to keep in mind: an IUL is not an investment. Instead, it is an insurance product. As such, when you put money into it (your premium), there are different rules that apply to that money. Some of the differences in rules may impact your income or potentially change your tax liability. It’s important to understand these differences.

You may already know that any income you take from your traditional IRA or 401k is taxable. In fact, once you reach Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) age, you must take money out. If you don’t, you are subject to a 50% penalty (current laws as of the time of this writing). However, an IUL does not have this stipulation. Instead, some retirees choose to put some of their money into this type of insurance policy. By doing so, you may create a death benefit for your family as well as potential tax-free* income for yourself.

Working Years Insurance Vs. Life Insurance in Retirement

During your “building” years, you have the income to pay for the basics. Food, shelter, clothing, and basic needs are met via your income. Usually, any additional income goes into savings or is spent on lifestyle. Life insurance during this time of your life serves a specific purpose: protecting income if something happens to you. However, in retirement, things change. While you may still need income for basics, you no longer have employment income to cover this.

Other concerns may arise in retirement as well. For example, maybe you have excess savings and don’t want to risk it in the market. Or, perhaps you are looking for different ways to create a legacy for your loved ones after you’re gone. You may also be thinking about tax implications more as you approach retirement. For these reasons and more, Total Financial Solutions is here to serve you. Whether you want a second opinion or simply want to know more about options for life insurance in retirement, we’re happy to help.

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Learn the Benefits: Life Insurance In Retirement

Here’s a partial list of ways an IUL may be helpful for some retirees:
  • Cash Value of IUL is not at risk of loss due to market conditions
  • Cash value increase uses an index
  • Each year, you can “lock in” your cash value increase
  • Choice of index or indexes that link to your IUL
  • Potential tax-deferred income or non-taxable access to money
  • Premium may be paid upfront or over time
  • Possible way to use some of your money before age 59 1/2
Additionally, an IUL may have some benefits for leaving your legacy:
  • Death benefit is more than premium
  • Current laws do not tax beneficiary death benefit income
  • Probate unnecessary – money goes directly to loved ones
  • Choices for how your beneficiaries receive the money
  • Death Benefit has the potential to increase over time
  • Possible use of IUL for chronic or terminal illness, with stipulations
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