Retirement Planning

Saving for Retirement with Indexed Universal Life Insurance

How Indexed Universal Life Insurance Can Help You Save for Retirement

Consumers have shown interest in permanent* life insurance that not only provides income replacement to help take care of their loved ones financially after they die, but with the potential to build cash value over time. To help meet this need, some may consider indexed universal life (IUL). In fact, sales for indexed universal life (IUL) insurance in 2015 accounted for 50 percent of all universal life (UL) insurance premiums, according to LIMRA's Retail Individual Life Insurance Survey.1

One of the key reasons for this uptick in popularity has likely been the IUL's ability to build cash value that can be used to help provide supplemental income for retirement - a topic that's on the mind of most Americans these days.

Thinking about using IUL insurance to help meet your future financial needs? Here are some key benefits to consider:

The potential for greater cash value growth compared to other UL products.

An IUL's potential cash value accumulation is based on one or more stock market indices. When the market does well, so does your cash value (typically subject to a cap). Over the life of your policy, this could mean greater cash value growth over time.

Protection from declining cash value.

One of the key advantages of an IUL insurance policy is its ability to provide the policyholder with cash value protection that despite what the index does, won't result in a decline of the policy's cash value. Of course, growth on your policy could be as low as zero percent (this is the indexed account's floor rate), but nonetheless, you're guaranteed not to lose your cash value due to decreases in the index.

Tax-free policy loans.

When you retire, it's important to maximize your assets so that they last as long as you need them to. For this reason, most Americans are looking to put as much as they can into their pockets, and less into Uncle Sam's. Policy loans from your IUL insurance policy can create a tax-free way for you to access your cash value in retirement, as well providing a tax-free death benefit for your beneficiaries. However, it's important to note that outstanding policy loans will reduce the death benefit payable to your beneficiaries.

For more information on indexed universal life insurance and how it works, visit the Protective Learning Center.

An indexed universal life insurance policy is not an investment in an index, is not a security or stock market investment and does not participate in any stock or equity investments.

*As long as required premium payments are timely made.

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