A little reminder of the need for insurance reviews in client meetings. Low interest rate environs aren’t good for boomers using life insurance to cover the death tax; the strategy is blowing up some estate plans. And it’s gotten through to the consumer press.
“An insurance plan issued years ago, when interest rates were higher, may no longer be earning the investment returns it needs to pay premiums as drafted,” writes Arden Dale in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal. That shortfall leaves the owner on the hook for unexpected costs.
“If the worst happens and a policy collapses, its demise can even result in a big tax bill. Estate planners are noticing the problem. (It is hardly limited to their arena. A policy can lapse no matter what it is used for.) Some expect it to get worse.”