Privatized Banking – Life Insurance Loans and Why We Use Them
Life insurance loans are one of the superpowers of the Infinite Banking Concept. They give you ready access to capital at any time, for any reason. These loans from life insurance policies make the cash value of specially-designed life insurance an ideal pool of capital for your investing strategy. Providing the opportunity to earn uninterrupted compound interest, leverage your capital, boost your returns, shrink opportunity costs, and accelerate time and money freedom, life insurance policy loans come close to financial omnipotence.
However, many people encounter
These concerns would make perfect sense if I were in their position. Here’s why: they don’t want to be in debt. They don’t want to pay to use their money. And they’re concerned that loan interest will eat into their returns when they put their capital to work.
However, much financial fear is based in partial truth and lack of understanding of the full range of impacts of your decisions.
And this isn’t your fault. Most “financial education” is a spiffed-up sales pitch offered by “financial experts.” Instead of helping you, it’s a one-way street, viewed through rose-colored glasses, to a particular financial product. Meanwhile, you’re wondering if you will be convinced to buy something you don’t actually want or need.
But, consider this, anything worth understanding has layers of complexity, and only those who pursue a comprehensive understanding will gain it.
This quote by Bryan Bloom strikes at the heart of the matter:
Why isn’t everyone doing this? Everyone who– Bryan Bloom, Confessions of a CPA
When it comes to life insurance policy loans, a healthy dose of curiosity will help you gain an understanding of a financial process, principles, and truths that will give you advantages most people only dream of.
What We’ll Cover
In today’s conversation, we’ll answer your questions about life insurance loans and why we use them, including:
- What is the function of life insurance cash value in my financial life?
- How does life insurance increase my liquidity?
- What is a life insurance policy loan?
- What can I use a life insurance loan for?
- When investing, why would I use a life insurance policy loan instead of paying cash?
- How do I increase my Return on investment by using life insurance loans with my investments?
- Why would I pay interest to “use my own money”?
- Are there times that I should consider another loan with a better interest rate?
We’ll give you the number one reason to use life insurance loans. Then, we’ll demonstrate why they increase returns on your investments.
Packaging it all together, we’ll show you how life insurance loans give you multi-dimensional access to capital that you won’t find anywhere else.
Where Privatized Banking Fits into Your Cash Flow System
Life insurance loans are a part of Privatized Banking, just one step in the greater Cash Flow System.
Wedged between Stage 1 and 3, Privatized Banking fits into Stage 2, the canopy of protection in your financial life. While protecting your personal economy from the risk of loss, it also helps you keep more of the money you make and amplifies your cash-flowing asset strategy, accelerating time and money freedom.
The Function of Life Insurance Cash Value in Your Financial Life
Cash value is part of your savings, a place to store cash. This is your stable, safe money that you save for emergencies and opportunities because it holds its value and provides accessibility.
The function is completely different from your investing. With investments, you’re interested in returns. When you invest, you want to grow your money, either through cash flow or by appreciation.
But life insurance policies are not and never will be an investment.
While your life insurance policy’s cash value does offer growth, it’s primary benefits to you are the stability of value and ready access.
A Garage to Park Your Money
You could think of putting your money into cash value life insurance policies as parking your cars in the garage.
Driving the cars is where you put them to work, and where all the risk happens.
But no one drives their car 24/7.
Between driving excursions, you want a safe, reliable garage to park your car. Maybe you’d like a heated garage with a garage door opener, in a space that doubles as the organization for your tools, storage, personal gym, and a convertible entertaining area.
The same goes for your money. You need a safe, reliable place to park your cash between investments, where it also gets the most benefits.
When you’re storing your money, you’re not as interested in growth. It’s nice if it grows, but the primary objective is providing you with safety and liquidity, with as many other benefits as possible.
Why You Need to Store Cash Between Investments
The reason it’s difficult to think of your money as living in these two separate roles of storage and working is that when people have cash, the money often seems to burn a hole in their pocket. They want to be 100% invested all the time. But that would be like driving your car 24 hours/day.
In contrast, Richard Wilson, who works with family offices serving multimillionaire and billionaire families, discloses that the ultra-wealthy don’t invest in everything that’s pitched to them. Rather, they only invest in the best deals that are right for them, matching their mission and investor identity.
If you’re modeling this laser-focused approach and investing only in the best deals, you’ll say no most of the time. There will be opportunities you don’t take while you’re looking for the best investments. And you’ll have time that you are not invested – periods of rest between deals.
You’ll carefully conduct your due diligence to pinpoint the best 1% of opportunities that match your criteria. When you’ve located the right deal and are ready to invest, you want capital prepared to deploy immediately to seize the opportunity.
Remember, the ultra-wealthy are disciplined. They know precisely what they invest in and are comfortable sitting on cash until the right deal comes along.
When planning the trajectory of your financial life, the first question to ask yourself is this: where will you store your money? The next question is: how will you access the money when you need it?
Cash value that you access through policy loans is an excellent strategy that answers both questions.
How Life Insurance Increases Your Liquidity
Now that you’re determined to find the best place to store your money between investments, let’s evaluate how life insurance increases your liquidity.
Three Parts of a Whole Life Insurance Contract
There are three primary parts of the type of policy we use:
- Premium Payments
- Death Benefit
- Cash Value
The premium is what you pay into the policy. This is akin to the money you put into savings.
The death benefit is the insurance portion of the contract that paid to your beneficiaries when you die.
The cash value is the portion of the death benefit that you can access during your lifetime. The cash value could be compared to the account balance on a savings account. This is the portion of the policy that we refer to as an emergency/opportunity fund because it’s the safe, liquid, and growing money you can use.
It is important to note that term life insurance does not provide the cash value needed. You will need a permanent life insurance policy, more specifically you will want whole life insurance.
To consider the liquidity that cash value life insurance provides, we’ll focus in on this cash value element.
The Liquidity of Life Insurance Cash Value
When you put premium dollars into a specially-designed life insurance policy, you have access to high cash value right up front. And we’re not talking about a little bit of money.
In the first year of the policy, usually about 30 days after the check clears, you can access at least 50 – 60% of what you’ve paid in premiums. Often, between years five and nine, you can access more than 100% of what you’ve paid in premiums. After that, the cash value continues to grow above your cost basis (total premiums paid in). *
When you own a cash value policy, you have a growing pool of capital that you can use.
It’s almost easier to conceptualize what happens when you fund
To access and use your cash value, you have a guaranteed loan provision. This allows you to borrow from your policy an amount up to nearly all of your cash value. Using your insurance policy as collateral to obtain a whole life policy loan from the life insurance company.
And, your cash value is contractually guaranteed to never drop in value, so you’ll never have to worry about losing money.
Once you’ve built cash value, there are no checkpoints, gates, bars, or denials on accessing that amount of capital. The only limitation on how much capital you can get is how much you’ve put into the policy in the first place.
*Individual policies are based on age, gender, and habits. Individual considerations may improve or delay the timeframe of your liquidity.
Comparing Other Options to Store Money and Maintain Liquidity
To further think this through, where else could you store your dollars? And how would that affect your liquidity and your ability to use your money?
Instead, you could use your cash to pay off your house, increasing your equity. However, to use that equity, you would have to qualify for a loan or line of credit, which may be denied or called as it best benefits the bank.
I think of this as having limitations on your liquidity, because you need to qualify to use your equity. Further weakening this strategy, market fluctuations could cause a loss in value.
Many people put cash into qualified retirement plans. The downfall is that to access this cash, you need to use a loan to prevent taxes and fees but can only access up to 50% of your account, or $50K, whichever is less. If you need more money, you’ll need to take a withdrawal, incurring taxes and early withdrawal penalties. Here again, market forces can erode your account value, making qualified plans a poor piggy bank.
Savings Account / Money Market Account
Or, you could put your cash into a bank account, and then use the savings pot to fund investments. Your money would be liquid but wouldn’t be growing at a rate above inflation. It wouldn’t create a death benefit. And every time you use your cash, you’d be interrupting the compounding, giving up one of the most potent benefits of long-term savings.
Cash Value Life Insurance
Considering the alternatives, cash value life insurance, from mutual insurance companies, is a far superior cash storage option. You build an ever-growing cash value. As a policy
What Is A Life Insurance Loan?
Let’s look deeper at what a life insurance policy loan is, and why it’s a superior method of accessing capital.
Collateralizing Your Cash Value
When you access your cash value, you are not removing your cash value from your policy. Instead, you are taking a loan from the life insurance company, using your cash value as collateral.
When you take a loan, the life insurance company places a lien on a portion of your cash value equal to the loan balance. That portion cannot be used as collateral until you start to pay back the loan. As the loan is repaid, the lien is equivalently reduced. This releases the same cash value to collateralize another loan again.
Unlike a personal loan from a bank, there are no loan requirements. The repayment schedule on your policy loan is entirely up to you. You can pay back as much as you want and when you want.
Rather than decreasing your total cash value, outstanding loans only reduce your available cash value.
Total cash value – C
urrentoutstanding policy loans = Available cash value that can be collateralized
Life insurance loans merely reduce the available cash value that can be collateralized for another loan at the present time.
The mechanics of this accessibility create its unique advantage. Here are the implications and benefits to you:
1) You’re Using Other People’s Money (OPM)
Rather than using your own money, you’re gaining unfettered access to the life insurance company’s capital. Your cash value stays intact, while you deploy other people’s money (OPM) in the ventures of your choosing.
2) You Earn Uninterrupted Compound Interest
Because your own money stays securely intact, at any point in time, with or without loans, your total cash value continues to rise steadily. It does so by earning interest and dividends.
This means that, even when you use your money through policy loans, you earn interest at the same time.
Because your own money continues to grow, you leverage the power of uninterrupted compounding.
3) You Recycle Your Cash
When you repay the loan, whether incrementally or all at once, you release the cash value to be used again.
This capital access is similar to a HELOC. With a HELOC, current balances are secured against the equity of the property and repaid balances free up the equity to collateralize another transaction. The difference is that, with a HELOC, the underlying value of the property has the potential to fluctuate and even drop in value, while the underlying cash value in your policy will never go down in value.
Putting the same money to work over and over again is only possible if you maintain control of your capital. You never give up your cash and put it into someone else’s hands. Instead, it remains at your service, able to be collateralized over and over again.
This recycling provides for your money to multitask and increase its velocity.
Think of it this way. Within equal timeframes, if you could only use your money once, you’d need to get the highest return possible, say 20%. What if instead, you used the same dollars over and over 20 times, earning 10% each time. If every time you sent out the capital to work for you, it brought back a harvest, you would have created a 200% return. This is the power of velocity.
Why “Paying Interest to Use My Own Money” Is a Myth
This statement comes from a slight misunderstanding. With a life insurance loan, you’re not using your own money. Rather, you’re borrowing the life insurance company’s funds. When you use the life insurance company’s money, you pay interest to them for the use of their capital. The interest accrues, adding to the loan balance, if unpaid.
The primary objection to using policy loans is usually some form of the question, why would I pay interest to use my own money?
Remember the principle:
All capital has a cost.
Don’t try to look for capital that has no cost, because it does not exist.
Using your own cash costs what you can no longer earn on that money.
Using someone else’s requires the payment of interest.
Life Insurance Loans Allow You to Continue Earning Interest
The value of using policy loans is not that it removes the cost of capital. Instead, it mitigates the cost by allowing you to continue earning interest at the same time. This minimizes your overall cost of capital and gains you the upper hand of being the bank.
The advantage is the ability to control capital and use arbitrage to increase your returns. It’s valuable to look at the sum total of the whole picture, not just the cost of the loan.
The Value of Using Life Insurance Loans to Invest, Instead of Just Paying Cash
Another common question that arises out of grappling with the idea of using policy loans to invest is this: why would I use a loan from a life insurance policy to invest instead of just paying cash? Wouldn’t paying interest to repay the loan reduce my earnings?
The answer requires a further discussion of what happens when you use a policy loan.
Surprisingly, you’ll discover that using a policy loan to fund an investment not only doesn’t cut into your
Fundamentally, here’s the difference:
When You Pay Cash, You Trade Returns
While paying cash may seem more straightforward and direct, it comes with a significant disadvantage. When you use your cash, you can no longer earn a return on that money in the original account.
When you interrupt the compounding of your money, you stop it’s earning power. You trade
Therefore, the opportunity cost of using your own cash is all the future money you could have earned in the original account, had you let it continue to earn compound interest.
When You Use a Life Insurance Loan, You Stack Returns
But when you use a life insurance loan, instead of trading one return for another, you get both, stacking the two returns on top of each other.
You continue earning the return in the life insurance, PLUS you earn a return in your outside investment.
You don’t have to accept the false dichotomy that you must give up one return to get another. This recognition is the key to understanding the power possible to you with Privatized Banking.
Increasing Your Return on Investment by Using Life Insurance Loans
Here’s a closer look at how life insurance loans increase your ROI through stacking your returns.
Imagine you started by putting $45K cash aside for 7 years. In the third year, you buy a $100K property that will cash flow $1000/month. Let’s compare using policy loans vs. cash to see how a policy loan increases your returns.
We’ll discuss an overview here, but you can get a full explanation in our Privatized Banking Quick and Easy Guide.
Paying Cash to Fund Your Investment
Your first 7 years of deposits of $45,000 each year are made into a bank savings account that earns 1%. Because the savings account is taxable, it’s subject to your 33% tax bracket, reducing your after-tax growth rate to 0.67%.
In year 3, you take $100K of cash out of the account, to purchase the investment property.
Since you paid cash, you own the property free and clear, so you collect the full $1K in rent each month. Over the next 30 years, you will receive $360K in cash flow from the property.
If you deposit the $1K back into the same savings account and leave it there without touching it again, your ending account balance after another 30 years from the property purchase date (37 years from your initial funding year) will be $661,425.83. Adding the property value of $242,726, you’d have $904,151,83. We then subtract the $315,000 cash put into your savings account. This leaves you with a profit of $589,151.83.
Using Life Insurance Cash Value as a Private Reserve to Fund Your Investment
In contrast, instead of placing $45,000 each year into bank savings, imagine you put the same funds into a specially-designed life insurance contract instead. (An actual life insurance illustration for a 47-year-old man in average health was used for this example.)
Accounting for Loan Repayment
As with the cash-only example, in year 3, you use $100K by borrowing against your cash value with a $100K life insurance loan. Since you are your own banker, you accept the terms of 5% interest. This generates a monthly payment of $536.82 and you’ll pay your loan over 30 years.
Your $1K monthly rental income is reduced by the outstanding loan payment of $536.82/month, leaving you with $463.18/month. This cashflow will be redirected into your Privatized Banking system.
Summing all 30 years of rental payments,
Yes, this is an amount significantly less than the $360K net cash flow from the property if you paid cash. This is where most people mentally stop with this calculation, but it’s misleading because it doesn’t tell the whole story.
Earning in Two Places at the Same Time
Remember, with the life insurance loan option, you are gaining returns in two places, not just one. Now we need to look ahead to our policy’s cash value at the end of the measurement period.
Here’s what we find: 30 years after the property was purchased (the 37th year of the policy), the cash value of the life insurance policy, including interest and dividends amounts to $1,273,500. Adding the property value of $242,726, you’d have $1,516,226. We then subtract the $315,000 cash put into your Infinite Banking System. This leaves you with a profit of $1,201,226. Compared with the $589,151.83 profit in the cash-only example.
The Undeniable Advantage of Using Privatized Banking with Life Insurance Loans
Using a life insurance loan more than doubled the profits at the end of the measurement period. This is because, with life insurance, you earned a higher return, in a non-taxable environment, and didn’t reset the compounding on your money. AND you also created a death benefit, a side benefit that wasn’t even considered in the cash-only example.
Therefore, paying interest to use a policy loan doesn’t cut into your earnings. Thinking so stems from viewing just part of the scenario. When you look at the full picture, the end result of this example is that even though you paid interest to access your capital through a loan, you more than doubled your ending balance.
Again, the reason life insurance loans work so well to accelerate your returns is that you aren’t trading returns. Instead, you’re stacking returns. You’re earning uninterrupted compound interest in the policy while also earning an external return at the same time.
What Can You Use a Life Insurance Loan For?
If it’s this good, what exactly can you use a life insurance loan for? The sky’s the limit here too!
You can use a policy loan for anything – we do, however, only support the use of these loans for legal transactions.
It can finance the buyout of another business, fund a marketing campaign, or even cover expenses during months of tight income. It can pay for a medical emergency or a new car. You could use it to make a down payment on a house, pay off loans to free up the monthly payments, or buy business equipment.
You can purchase cash flow-producing assets like real estate, business, land, oil, or gas. Here’s a sampling of some alternative assets you could finance with a life insurance loan: individual turnkey property, multifamily apartments, or mobile home parks.
Obtaining the Best Loan with the Best Interest Rate
Now, just because you have life insurance cash value, doesn’t mean you’ll want to use this as your sole capital source.
There are times you may want to get another loan with a better interest rate. In fact, banks will often collateralize a policy’s cash value (not the death benefit) and offer a loan at their going rate for secured loans.
Or, sometimes it makes sense to get a loan from another institution without collateralizing your policy.
But, if you know your cash can earn 3 – 5% in your policy when your money is at rest, parked in the garage, why would you pay cash and give up the opportunity to earn that return?
The main priority is having control of your capital, which gives you peace of mind and options to make the best decisions.
Today, we’ve discussed why you want to use life insurance loans and what they are.
The number one reason to use a policy loan is that it allows you to maintain control of your capital and earn uninterrupted compound interest.
Life insurance cash value is a funding source that provides ready access to capital by offering liquidity through the guaranteed loan provision.
Finally, life insurance loans increase returns on your investments by giving you an external return on outside investments, in addition to the internal rate of return that you earn inside the policy. When you deploy capital, you take a loan against your cash value, allowing you to earn a return in two places at the same time. This boosts your investment returns, accelerating time and money freedom.
Packaging together the control, guaranteed loan provision, collateralization, uninterrupted compound growth, and the ability to earn returns in two places at the same time, life insurance policy loans give you
Your Decision Point
Now, it’s up to you to decide how to proceed. The only limit on your access to capital through life insurance loans is how much you put in in the first place.
For more information on Specially Designed Life Insurance Contracts, get our free Quick & Easy Privatized Banking Guide.
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