Comedian Steven Wright tells of the time a burglar broke into his apartment while he was asleep, stole everything, and replaced it all with exact replicas. Later his best friend walked in, looked at Steve and said, “Do I know you?”
Americans have never been averse to imitations when the original was unavailable, especially when the substitute still did the job and was more economical as well.
This passion for the more commonplace might help you make sales to clients who have maxed out their qualified retirement options and are looking for an effective way to accumulate more for supplemental income when they no longer work. In this case there is an “imitation” that may be better than the original.
Consider a Roth IRA, best described as “a reverse traditional IRA.” Contributions are after-tax and distributions are tax-free. But consider, too, an over-funded universal life policy that builds significant cash value in later years.
|Feature||Roth IRA||Overfunded UL Policy|
|Eligibility||Must not exceed certain income limits||Must be insurable|
|Contribution Limits||Yes – $6,000, poss. $7,000/year||None, limited only by the amount of coverage|
|Tax-deferred Value Growth||Yes||Yes|
|Self-completion of accumulation goal if pre-mature death occurs||No||Yes – Death benefit ensures the accumulation goal, then a non-taxable 1035 to annuity is available when no longer needed|
|Tax-free withdrawals||Yes||Yes, thru FIFO withdrawals or loans|
|Early Withdrawal Penalty||Yes||No|
|Creditor Protection||Yes||Yes, with trust ownership|
|Estate Tax Protection||No||Yes, with trust ownership|
The perceived value of an executive bonus plan is greatly enhanced when the policy is designed as an over-funded contract and the possibility of withdrawals to supplement retirement income is highlighted at the time of implementation. But any client is more inclined to consider use of an insurance contract for retirement purposes when the similarities to a Roth IRA, or any qualified plan, are explained.
Speaking of similarities, there is the story of a citrus farmer in the Central Valley who has developed a grapefruit that looks exactly like an orange, except that it is bigger and it is yellow.
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