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 [...]

TOLI Trustee Alert: Oops, the Policy Lapsed…Now What?

The most common fear for a life insurance trustee is that somehow the ball is dropped and the policy in their care lapses. After all, a trust-owned life insurance (TOLI) trustee, even if they are not sophisticated in all the nuances of life insurance policy management, should at least be able to keep the policy in force. But unintended lapses do happen, and when they [...]

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 [...]

Court Case Shows the Potential Liability for an Advisor, Attorney or CPA Acting as Administrator (or Trustee) of a Life Insurance Trust

Twenty-one years ago, Charles Hunter Montgomery set up a life insurance trust naming his daughter, Kimberly, as trustee. He was guided on the purchase by his longtime advisors at a major wirehouse firm in his hometown, who also agreed “to administer the investment account to maintain that life insurance policy .” (1) The policy, a $2M survivorship life policy on Charles and his wife, was [...]

Take the TOLI Challenge: Can You Answer This?

What steps should you take if a grantor says they want to surrender their policy? In the decade-plus that we have been managing life insurance for TOLI trustees, we have noticed that the weak link in their services usually is remediation. The inability to analyze policy options in changing situations is an area of future liability. Some trustees we have spoken with have surrendered policies [...]

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 [...]

TOLI Trustees Should Heed NY State Regulator Warnings on Universal Life Policies

The acting Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services, reacting to almost "1,400" complaints from in-state consumers, recently issued an alert about universal life policies that provided insight for any trustee managing universal life policies. The alert focused on flexible premium universal life policies without secondary death benefit guarantees. As pointed out in the publication, universal life is meant to be a [...]

Life Settlement Market Is Healthy and TOLI Trustees Should Take Notice

Over the years, the life settlement industry has had its ups and downs. During its heyday in 2007 and 2008, consumers sold $12 billion in life insurance death benefits to investors in the secondary market. But the economic downturn dried up investor money, and as late as 2015, just $1.7 billion in death benefits changed hands. (1) For many years, life insurance provided just two [...]