Supplemental Retirement Planning
Using Whole Life Insurance

Hedge Against Market Volatility

I see most clients invest their retirement savings into the stock/bond market and/or the real estate market. Unfortunately, as most all of us have experienced recently, there is no such thing as a 'risk free' investment. There is volatility in any type of investment where you hope to earn something greater than what banks typically offer. If you have a need for life insurance, and choose a highly rated insurance company like Guardian, whole life can provide a consistent, growing pool of cash values. When considering this pool of cash values along with the other, more traditional, retirement accounts, volatility will be reduced. While dividends from mutual insurers are not guaranteed, companies like Guardian have a solid track record of paying competitive, tax deferred dividends that when combined with the typical guaranteed interest, provides a very competitive return.

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Tax Diversification

When I counsel clients for retirement planning, not only must we look at how to accumulate funds, but we must also consider how these funds will be distributed and the potential income taxes associated with distributing retirement assets. Under current tax law, retirement accounts such as 401(k), 403(b), IRA, will be subject to ordinary income rates. Real estate, stocks, mutual funds are subject to Capital Gains taxes. (Roth IRAs are distributed tax free, however, there are contribution limits and income eligibility limits which reduce the possibility of accumulating substantial amounts.) Our country's history has shown that income tax law changes frequently. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to have a substantial pool of assets that if distributed, would be considered tax free? Under current tax law, if structured properly, amounts withdrawn or loaned from whole life insurance is income tax free. Creating a tax free pool of assets allows retirees to have, what I call, 'tax diversification'. If ordinary income tax rates and capital gains tax rates are relatively high, clients can distribute retirement income from their whole life insurance policy until the federal government and/or a new president decides to change things... again.

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Increased Tax Favored Savings Limits

Qualified Plans, IRAs, Roth IRAs and most all forms of retirement savings have limits on what the participant can contribute. Once a client reaches these limits, there are very few types of accounts that allow additional deposits that are also tax favored. Whole Life Insurance has very high contribution limits and does not consider your other forms of retirement savings. Therefore, I often advise clients that once they reach their contribution maximum to their 401(k) or similar plan, to consider whole life insurance as an additional vehicle to save more tax favored dollars.

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