Informing Grantors About Their Policy Makes Good Business Sense

Updated 2/19/2020 Originally posted 12/11/2018 An online survey about life insurance found that 33% of life insurance policy owners do not understand how their policy works. (1) I suspect that this number is probably low. Perhaps the other 67% think they know how it works, but I imagine they could get a refresher lesson. Even if a policy owner does understand how it works, do [...]

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TOLI Trustee Alert: The Taxation of a Life Settlement Policy Sale

Updated 1/29/2020, originally posted 10/26/18 In our last two blogs, we discussed when and how to sell a life insurance policy.  In this blog entry, we want to talk about the taxation of a life insurance policy sale for the seller. The death benefit of a life insurance held in trust is received free of both estate and income taxes, however, if a TOLI [...]

The TOLI Handbook – Chapter 15: Understanding Life Expectancy Reports

Updated 11/20/19 Originally posted 8/15/19 We recently wrote about remediation and the challenges that TOLI trustees have when managing a policy.  Remediation is not just developing the best options for an under performing policy, increasingly it means maximizing the value of a policy that a grantor believes is no longer needed, or one whose expected funding has stopped. These decisions must be well-thought-out and every [...]

Remediation, the Weak Link for Trustees – The TOLI Handbook: Chapter 16

Updated 11/13/19 Originally posted 8/8/18 A TOLI trustee we work with received a request from a grantor tired of gifting to pay premiums on his portfolio of whole life policies. His agent suggested that the three policies be replaced with one policy with a reduced death benefit. The existing portfolio totaled $5.7 million of coverage.  The agent proposed transferring the $2.1 million of cash value [...]

TOLI Trustee Work Load and Liability Climbing as Use of ILITs Diminish

Updated 11/6/19 Originally posted 8/1/18 As the federal estate tax laws changed, the use of new irrevocable life insurance trusts (ILITs) diminished, but the work required to administer existing ILITs went up along with the potential liability attached to the asset class.  There are several reasons for this. As a country, we are aging and the population of the average TOLI portfolio is aging too. [...]

The Life Insurance Trust Company Solves Major Problems for Veteran Life Insurance Agents and Advisors

Updated 10/29/19 Originally posted 6/4/18 Four years ago, it was reported that the average age of a financial advisor in America was 51, with 43% over the age of 55 and many heading towards retirement (1). One year later, an industry publication noted that the average age of a US life insurance agent was even higher — 59 (2). Many veteran life insurance agents have [...]

Carrier Offers Life Policy Buyback – Another Trustee Decision Dilemma

Updated on 10/23/2019 Originally posted on 4/28/2018 Last year, Lincoln National was offering some policy holders the opportunity to receive an “Enhanced Cash Surrender Value” if they surrendered their life insurance policies within a specific time frame.  A few weeks before this was widely known, we began to receive letters from the carrier, along with a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) brochure explaining the offer. The [...]

3 Trends in Corporate ILIT Administration That You Should Be Aware Of

As we move into the second half of 2019, there are three continuing trends with respect to TOLI management in the corporate fiduciary space.  If you find yourself managing or overseeing TOLI at a bank or trust company, I’m sure you are seeing some of this play out in your own department. TREND #1 Overdependence on Support Software If used correctly, ILIT support software [...]

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 [...]