Blog #50: The Cost of Waiting

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To be certain of having life insurance when you need it, you should acquire it before you need it.  So an important factor to consider involves the advantage of acquiring your policy now -- while your health may be the best it ever will be.  Of even greater importance, should something unexpectedly happen to you in the short term, your family will be protected.


Here is another reason for acquiring life insurance early:  Harvey Pierce, MD, is an internal medicine physician.  He is age 45 and has determined that the participating policy loan features of an Indexed Universal Life (IUL) policy can provide him with a superb retirement supplement. ?The death benefit of the policy, while certainly valuable to him and his family, is not the primary reason for his interest.


His adviser is encouraging him to purchase the policy now. ?Dr. Pierce asks, “I will commit to this, but does it really make much difference if I do it now or in a couple of years?”


This question can be easily answered using the Cost of Waiting module available on the Personal Insurance tab in the InsMark Illustration System.


We’ll compare the following two alternatives:


  • $500,000 increasing death benefit IUL issued at age 45 (max-funded with 20 annual premiums of $23,717 -- just short of a MEC -- with policy loans starting at age 65).
  • $500,000 increasing death benefit IUL issued at age 47 (max-funded with 18 annual premiums of $25,384 -- just short of a MEC -- with policy loans starting at age 65).

Here are the results:


Insured: Harvey Pierce, MD
Current Age: 45
Indexed Universal Life
Plan A: Buy Now


Indexed Universal Life
Plan B: Wait Two Years to Buy
Initial Policy Death Benefit: 521,414

Initial Policy Death Benefit: 522,779
Policy Premium: 23,717

Policy Premium: 25,384
Number of Premiums to Age 100: 20

Number of Premiums to Age 100: 18
Cum. Premiums at Age 100: 474,340

Cum. Premiums at Age 100: 456,912
Cum. Loan Proceeds at Age 100: 4,068,766

Cum. Loan Proceeds at Age 100: 3,425,677
Cash Value at Age 100: 727,776

Cash Value at Age 100: 608,174
Death Benefit at Age 100: 1,227,776

Death Benefit at Age 100: 1,108,174
Cash Value Gain at Age 100 by Buying Now: $119,602
Cumulative Loan Proceeds Gain at Age 100 by Buying Now: $643,089
Death Benefit Gain at Age 100 by Buying Now: $119,602
Premiums Saved by Waiting Two Years to Buy: $17,428

In this example, Dr. Pierce would have to earn a pre-tax equivalent rate of return of 15.19% year in and year out on the difference in premiums and loan proceeds to match the results of buying now.


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Dr. Pierce asks, “Does it only work out this way when you run it to age 100? ?How does it look at my life expectancy -- age 85 for example?”


Here are those results:


Insured: Harvey Pierce, MD
Current Age: 45
Indexed Universal Life
Plan A: Buy Now


Indexed Universal Life
Plan B: Wait Two Years to Buy
Initial Policy Death Benefit: 521,414

Initial Policy Death Benefit: 522,779
Policy Premium: 23,717

Policy Premium: 25,384
Number of Premiums to Age 85: 20

Number of Premiums to Age 85: 18
Cum. Premiums at Age 85: 474,340

Cum. Premiums at Age 85: 456,912
Cum. Loan Proceeds at Age 85: 1,948,876

Cum. Loan Proceeds at Age 85: 1,628,362
Cash Value at Age 85: 953,993

Cash Value at Age 85: 920,175
Death Benefit at Age 85: 1,453,993

Death Benefit at Age 85: 1,420,175
Cash Value Gain at Age 85 by Buying Now: $33,818
Cumulative Loan Proceeds Gain at Age 85 by Buying Now: $320,514
Death Benefit Gain at Age 85 by Buying Now: $33,818
Premiums Saved by Waiting Two Years to Buy: $17,428

In this example, Dr. Pierce would have to earn a pre-tax equivalent rate of return of 14.06% year in and year out on the difference in premiums and loan proceeds to match the results of buying now.


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Conclusion


In Dr. Pierce’s case, the Cost of Waiting analysis shows that the attractiveness of a short-term delay in funding is more than offset by a significant increase in after tax cash flow which is his primary reason for acquiring the policy in the first place.


It makes little difference whether you are presenting a very large or very small amount of insurance -- Cost of Waiting is very useful in helping clients understand that acting now has very favorable financial consequences.  It’s a point that is difficult to convey without the mathematical comparison illustrated in this Blog.


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