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Life Settlements are becoming mainstream

Aug 4, 2008
A life settlement is proof that a life insurance policy is a valuable personal asset. Those with high premium payments or other reasons for selling can do so if they are over 65 and meet the required life expectancy.

A life settlement is the sale of an existing life insurance policy to a life settlement provider. Life settlements are an option for policyholders who determine that their current policy is underperforming or is no longer needed due to changes in the owner's financial or other circumstances. A life settlement is NOT the same as a viatical settlement. In a viatical settlement the insured is ill and has a terminal diagnosis.

Life Settlements are senior life insurance policies that have been sold by the insured parties for cash, often to pay medical expenses or living expenses. Private investors and institutions have been investing in life settlements for about 10 years.

Life settlements are similar to viatical settlements in that a third party purchases a life insurance policy from the policyowner at a discount and holds it to maturity. However, the target market, distribution channel and motivation to sell the policy are completely different. Life settlements are a 'win-win' transaction for both the insured seller and the purchaser. Owning a life settlement is an easy process for the purchaser and simply becomes a short term buy and hold to maturity type of vehicle similar to a Certificate of Deposit (CD).

A life settlement is the sale of an asset, a taxable event. The tax specifics are up in the air in Congress and the courts. A Life Settlement is the sale of an existing life insurance policy by an individual who is typically 65 years of age or older.

Life settlements are not affected by fluctuations in the stock and bond markets, interest rates and business cycles but still provide the opportunity for exceptional returns on investment. Bloomberg states, in a black sheet analysis published March 31, 2006, "Life Settlements are the only asset that can be truly said to provide absolute returns". Life settlements are becoming increasing popular as an exit strategy for seniors looking to shift or lapse their coverage.

A life settlement is when a person insured by a life insurance policy sells his policy to a third party, often an investment company. The investment company pays a percentage of the policy's value in a lump sum cash transaction.

A life settlement is the sale of a life insurance policy to an institutional investor for a cash payment that is greater than the policy's cash surrender value. The platform for the life settlement industry was created in 1911 by virtue of Grigsby v. Russell
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Ben is a recognized speaker and consultant for the elderly. He specializes in writing about the subject of Life Settlements and in how to obtain cash for your life insurance
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