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Subject:  Re: Last to Die Insurance Date:  4/7/2001  9:19 PM
Author:  intercst Number:  6093 of 18090

MikeMatheson writes,


First of all, I don't think you read closely enough. The total death benefit consists of :

(1) The Original Sum Assured
(2) The Return of All Premiums Paid
(3) The Interest you WOULD HAVE earned had you invested the premiums elsewhere at an after tax 6%

I agree that six percent isn't terribly impressive - IF we are talking about a simple return on investment. However, we aren't. We are looking at a plan that has this IN ADDITION to the orginal amount of insurance AND getting all the premiums back.

While I am impressed with your ability to find charts and reproduce them here, I don't think you have proven that you can be assured to do better than the guaranteed TAX-FREE benefits available with Life Insurance. There is no better way to handle your estate taxes.

I guess it depends on the size of the death benefit and how much of my money the insurance company has tied up at a paltry 6% investment return. Guarantees get pretty expensive when what you're guaranteeing is pretty close to a worst-case investment return.

I agree that life insurance is a wonderful "investment" if you die early or young. It just not that an efficient "investment" vehicle if you live to a ripe old age -- even if it is tax-free.


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