TOLI Trustee Alert: Update on Transamerica COI Settlement

In October of last year, we reported on a settlement in the case against Transamerica for a cost of insurance (COI) increase, which raised the carrying costs on a group of universal life policies by 200% or more.  In one example, we reported the cost to maturity on one policy in our portfolio jumped from $36,400 to $81,595, after the policy got hit with a [...]

Cryptocurrency Is Now a Life Insurance Investment – In France

Recently, the French government passed a law designed to provide the French economy with a more effective means of finance and to promote retirement savings, as well as employee stock ownership. The act - The Plan d'Action pour la Croissance et la Transformation des Entreprises (PACTE; Action Plan for Business Growth and Transformation) - “will facilitate access to diversified funding” and “provide companies with the [...]

Canadian Court Rules on Life Insurance Investment Scheme

Back in November, we wrote about the possible “squashing” of “investors’ hopes for unlimited returns using life insurance.” At that time, the government of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan altered the regulations for a specific universal life insurance policy that some investors had hoped would be their pot of gold. However, the regulation change did not affect a court case that has since settled in [...]

Life Insurance Premium Financing, a South Dakota Trust and the Life Insurance Trust Company – A Perfect Combination

Life insurance premium financing is a specialized strategy that has gained favor in recent years for high net worth individuals looking to purchase large life insurance policies without tapping their personal or business cash flow.  For these qualified wealthy individuals, the retained capital that would go to pay a premium can be better utilized for investment opportunities they believe will outperform the cost of the [...]

The Big Four Carriers Announce Their Dividends for 2019

  For the last few years, we have tracked the dividends paid by four large mutual carriers whose main product offering is whole life.  These carriers are owned by their policyholders, not stockholders and operate with a long-term business view. Unlike most life insurance carriers, they sell their products through a career agency system – a dying breed.  Their dividend rate and payments are a [...]

Saskatchewan Government Squashes Investors Hope For Unlimited Returns Using Life Insurance

On October 29th the government of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan amended regulations dealing with premium deposits into a specially designed universal life policy.  The new rule limits deposits into “side accounts in life insurance policies to an amount equal to premiums required under contract.” (1) The new regulation comes as a court battle rages between Canadian life insurance carriers and investors who purchased the [...]

The Life Insurance Dividend Season (Continued)

In an earlier entry, we reported on the dividend declarations from two of the gold standard mutual insurance companies – Northwestern Mutual and Massachusetts Mutual. Both are very highly rated carriers, and have paid dividends each year for well over 100 years. However, like most insurance companies these days, both are feeling the effects of the historic low interest rate environment, and as a result, have [...]

Trustee Alert: New Tax Law Changes (Simplifies) Tax Reporting On Life Settlement Sales

Back in May we wrote about the need for trustees to be aware of life settlements. A life settlement can provide a TOLI trust with more value than a policy surrender. The role of a TOLI trustee dictates that all assets are maximized – including “unwanted” life insurance policies. In the past, tax reporting around a life settlement was onerous, primarily because of an IRS ruling enacted in [...]

TRUSTEE ALERT- Why We Started An Affiliated Trust Owned Life Insurance (TOLI) Trust Company

On November 21, 2017, ITM TwentyFirst received a South Dakota charter for an affiliated trust company, the Life Insurance Trust Company, the first trust company focused solely on life insurance trusts.  On December 22, 2017 President Trump signed into law The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act with sweeping tax changes that included a doubling of the federal estate tax exemption amount to just over $11 [...]

John Hancock To Raise Cost Of Insurance (COI) On Performance Universal Life Policies

In February of last year, we reported on limitations placed on inforce illustrations for John Hancock Performance universal life policies. At that time, the carrier announced a “temporary” situation, saying they were unable to provide current inforce illustrations because “regulatory standards that govern illustration practices . . . prevent us from illustrating currently payable amounts based on our current non-guaranteed elements.” In that report, we mentioned that [...]

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