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Becoming Your Own Banker, Part 12: Cost of Life Insurance

October 09, 2023

Get ready to rethink your thinking about the cost of life insurance and, more importantly, the process of Infinite Banking. Our journey leads us to insights from Nelson Nash's book, giving us a fresh look at how to balance life insurance and the Infinite Banking Concept. We'll tackle the life insurance company's pricing strategy and discuss how the process of creating an entity for Infinite Banking works.

Our exploration doesn't stop there! We delve deeper into the Commissioner Standard Ordinary Mortality Table and its role in life insurance pricing. By examining the thrilling world of actuarial science, we'll understand how mortality tables are updated using data collected from millions of lives. We'll discuss how aspects like age, gender, health, and lifestyle habits are considered when setting the price of life insurance.

Furthermore, we'll delve into why having life insurance beyond the traditional retirement age is crucial and how part-time work can be a significant advantage in this context. Join us for this in-depth discussion and learn more about life insurance, Infinite Banking, and their financial implications!

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Creating Your Banking Entity

At the crux of Becoming Your Own Banker, as the title suggests, is that you are going to become your own banker. Not your own bank. Therefore, you need to establish a banking entity outside of yourself. And what Nelson believed to be the ultimate place to do this was whole life insurance. Primarily because the policy loan provision makes it perfectly structured to leverage your capital as bankers do. So if you want to establish your banking entity, you need to buy life insurance.

Life Insurance Underwriting

First and foremost, life insurance, like all insurance, is about mitigating risk. For you, the person buying the insurance, you’re mitigating the risk of not living long enough. If you don’t, the life insurance company will pay money to your loved ones so that they are cared for financially in your absence. 

This means that insurance companies need to be cognizant of their customers’ mortality so that they don’t overextend themselves. If companies insured anyone and everyone, they’d quickly go bankrupt paying death claims on people who died too soon. Since death is guaranteed, the insurance company is insuring people who are unlikely to die too soon. That way death claims become manageable because they’re more likely to be accidents or surprises in the early years. 

To ensure that policyholders are likely to have a long life ahead of them, insurance companies require underwriting. This includes a health exam and lifestyle questionnaire that companies can use very accurately to predict longevity. You’ll get a rating, which determines your eligibility. The better the rating, the better the premium you can get for your death benefit. 

[19:50] “They know how many people of certain health will pass away at certain ages. They do not know who. So [your rating] is in no way the insurance company saying ‘I’m God and I know exactly when your days are numbered and here’s the day that you’re going to pass away.’ They do not know about your life.”

Longevity and Life Insurance

Many people think of retirement and life insurance as related. If you stop working and earning an income at age 65, then you don’t need insurance to protect your income anymore. While this may satisfy some people, the truth is that your need for insurance doesn’t stop at retirement, nor should the retirement benchmark really be 65.

If you live to age 60, your life is likely going to be much longer than you think. That’s because the longer you live, the longer you can expect to live, thanks to actuarial science. And because you can expect to live many more years,