COVID-19 Update: Life Settlements Excess Mortality Declines

This post updates our previous analysis which estimated a COVID-19 net mortality risk factor for the life settlements population between 6x and 12x.  Since then, we have seen a decrease in life settlements excess mortality resulting in a net risk estimate at the floor of our original range, around 6x.  This is consistent with a delayed protective wealth effect where the delay is explained [...]

2020-08-07T14:05:35-05:00August 7th, 2020|Covid-19, General Interest|0 Comments

Professional Designations: Training Your Staff Helps Your Team and Your Firm

Over the years, we at ITM TwentyFirst have been leaders in peer education. The TOLI Handbook, a free download available here as a PDF, provides industry peers with a single source guide for managing trust-owned life insurance (TOLI) trusts and policies. We have, over the years, provided hundreds of hours of professional CE for several professional designations. Our staff is encouraged and incentivized to seek [...]

Upcoming Webinar June 24th – Comparing the Discretionary, Delegated, and Directed Trustee’s Role and the Trust Protector

Directed Trusts are a growing reality as more states adopt the Uniform Directed Trust Act. Delegated trusts are as old as the UPIA, but are you really prepared to confidentially articulate the difference between the two models?  Most trust organizations are being asked to consider one or both of these options by someone in their market or the bank. This webinar will compare and [...]

Upcoming Webinar June 10th – A Trustee’s Guide to Life Settlements

Life settlements are confusing, at best.  That confusion can make you uncomfortable.  So much so that you allow a client to surrender or lapse a policy without exploring the option.  That would be a mistake – one that could cost the client money and put you in hot water.  It’s hard to move ahead if you do not know how.  We understand that, just [...]

Upcoming Webinar May 27th: Minimizing Trustee Liability in a Changing Market

Minimizing Trustee Liability in a Changing Market Judith Pearson, Nomadx Solutions Risk management is always more challenging in a volatile environment, especially in a society that has grown more litigious.  Learn how to minimize your liability by taking a few simple steps. The trust world has become rich with opportunity. Learn how to navigate this complex market while dodging landmines of personal liability. Understand [...]

Upcoming Webinar May 13th: An Insider’s Guide to Life Insurance in a Challenging Environment

A decade-plus of historic low interest rates and a financial crisis unlike any we have seen before has negatively impacted life insurance.  Do you know why and what you can do to deal with it?  You will if you take part in this fast-paced webinar.  By attending, you will: Learn which policies will be most affected and how to manage them effectively going forward. [...]

Take the TOLI Challenge: Can you answer this?

Updated 4/9/2020, Originally Posted 2/19/2019 What is most important when determining the liability of a trustee’s actions? Over the years, we have noticed that the knowledge of TOLI trustees varies from trust company to trust company. After publishing the TOLI Handbook in 2018, we thought we would “chunk it down” with the TOLI Challenge—a series of questions designed to test the knowledge of the typical [...]

Business Continuity – Unique Asset Management Reality Check

Millions of businesses worldwide have drafted or purchased business continuity plans, some have even practiced or simulated implementation of said plans, but few ever dreamed a worldwide pandemic would force these plans into action.  The rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus has impacted all of humanity, including thousands of businesses which include fiduciary services. For those who serve as a fiduciary or provide fiduciary support [...]

TOLI Trustee Alert: More of Your Clients Will Be Living to 100 and That Could Be a Problem

Updated 3/12/2020, Originally posted 2/5/19 A little over five years ago we wrote about a little-known problem for trust-owned life insurance (TOLI) trustees - clients living to age 100 - the maturity age for many older life insurance policies. The problem is that many policies in their portfolio will not pay out a full death benefit at maturity and the chances of insureds living to [...]

How Whole Life Dividends Are Calculated

Updated 3/5/2020, Originally posted 1/2019 Dividends are a return of premium when carrier results exceed a very conservative projection for investments, income, and expenses.  Dividends are paid annually on participating whole life insurance and determined at the discretion of the board of directors.  They are paid in addition to the guaranteed cash values in the policy, but the dividends themselves are not guaranteed and will [...]