TOLI Trustee Alert: Managing Variable Universal Life Policies Comes with Specific Challenges

Variable universal life (VUL) policies, whose sales took a nosedive after the 2007-09 market crash, have had a resurgence. Last year (2018) sales jumped, with annualized premiums from new VUL sales increasing by 14% over the prior year. (1) VUL policies provide the policy owner with the opportunity to invest in the equity market. The cash value in the policy is held in separate accounts [...]

Two Current Life Insurance Sales Trends Highlight Reasons TOLI Trustees Must Be Extra Vigilant Now

According to information gathered on life insurance sales, two distinct trends are clear.  Overall, life insurance sales are mostly flat – up less than 0.5%. (1) However, sales are up with two product lines: variable universal life and equity index universal life. In 2018, sales of VUL policies were up 9%, while sales of EIUL policies set a record. (2). Total universal life insurance sales [...]

Take the TOLI Challenge: In a Permanent Life Insurance Policy, the Cost of the Policy is Equal to the Premium – Yes or No?

The answer is an emphatic NO. Some permanent life insurance policies, specifically guaranteed universal life (GUL) and Whole Life (WL), have required premiums, though WL out of pocket premiums can be reduced by dividends, paid-up addition cash values or policy loans. But the premium paid is not the actual cost of the policy and finding the underlying costs on the policies is a challenge. For [...]

Equity Index Universal Life Illustration Projections to (Thankfully) Get Another Look by Regulators

We have written as recently as November of last year about the issues trust-owned life insurance (TOLI) trustees encounter when dealing with policy illustration projections. If you are a fiduciary managing a policy, a sales or an in-force life insurance ledger may be one of the only tools you have to predict the outcome of a policy under your care. However, life insurance illustrations are [...]

2019-03-20T15:29:24-05:00March 5th, 2019|Equity Index Universal Life, News|0 Comments

The TOLI Handbook – Chapter 10: Understanding Equity Index Universal Life

Equity index universal life (EIUL) is the hottest product in the permanent life insurance marketplace. The “star of the life insurance show” according to one published report (1) that is touted as providing the upside of the equities market without the risk of loss. The carriers accomplish this by crediting the EIUL policy with the positive returns of an index (often the S&P 500 – [...]

A Decade of TOLI: The Changes and Challenges

In our last Blog post, we recapped the year in Trust Owned Life Insurance (TOLI) for 2015 (see: The Year in TOLI – 2015 Edition). As one of the pioneers of life insurance policy management in the United States, ITM TwentyFirst has the unique ability to participate in and track trends in the TOLI industry. Almost a decade ago, we surveyed our TOLI portfolio. In 2015, [...]

The Year in TOLI – 2015 Edition

One of the highlights for us here at ITM TwentyFirst was the June 1 merger of Insurance IQ, Insurance Trust Monitor (ITM), and TwentyFirst (See Merger of Leading Life Insurance Service Firms) to create ITM TwentyFirst. Synergy is a term thrown around easily when firms join forces, but in this case, it is true. The three firms have blended seamlessly to create the nation’s pre-eminent life insurance [...]

Actuarial Guideline XLIX Will Mandate More Realistic Assumptions for Index-Based Life Insurance Policies

We have written, as recently as June of this year, in Life Insurance Illustration Assumptions…a Trustee’s Dilemma, about the investment assumptions used in life insurance sales illustrations. In most illustrations, all else equal, the higher the return assumed in the investment backing the cash value, the lower the premium shown to carry the policy. Historically, this has led to aggressive sales presentations that illustrate well, but ultimately [...]

Life Insurance Illustration Assumptions…a Trustee’s Dilemma

In the early ‘80s when interest rates skyrocketed (Are you old enough to remember 18% mortgage rates?) the insurance industry created Universal Life insurance (UL), with sales illustrations based on “current assumptions,” which included the fixed rate being credited to the policy’s cash value at the time of the policy’s issue. As with all sales illustrations, the historically high “current” assumptions were projected over the [...]

2014 – A TOLI Update for Trustees

As we end 2014 I wanted to post some observations from the past year. The TOLI business is not growing, at least not significantly. We are still feeling the estate tax filing threshold jump to an indexed $5M. As the number of prospects drops, so does the number of new clients. Yes, there are reasons other than estate taxes to hold a policy in a [...]