When structured and administered properly, the financing of traditional life insurance premiums can bring your clients substantial benefits.
These include cash savings, important gift tax considerations, and the ability to accumulate wealth in a tax-favorable manner while taking advantage of today’s low interest rate environment. However, how do successful advisors overcome today’s biggest challenge when financing client premiums — the additional collateral component?
Here are three things to know about this strategy.
1. Collateral value
By using real estate as additional collateral in premium finance arrangements, advisors can unlock considerable opportunities. Zillow reports that, in 2017, the value of U.S. housing stock grew to $31.8 trillion, marking an all-time high. Having the ability to collateralize these real estate values in securing large life insurance premium finance transactions can mean the difference between choking on the five-yard line and a touchdown victory dance — for client and advisor alike.
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2. Real estate as collateral vs. securities as collateral
How can insurance carriers, and advisors, benefit from this type of premium finance arrangement?
A premium finance arrangement using real estate as gap collateral removes collateral capacity limitations, thereby substantially increasing the persistency rates of this block of business. Every major life insurance carrier that engages in the premium finance market must balance the premium finance block of business in their overall portfolio. Market downturns may create requirements for additional collateral. Also, if clients pledge a brokerage account with limited value or with a deep discount (up to 50% in some circumstances), they may not have enough collateral to weather the storm — or may decide to jump ship when tides rise too high.