We received dozens of insightful entries for our “Bank On Yourself vs. savings account” contest. They confirmed – once again – that we have a whole bunch of very smart subscribers!
The contest even inspired one reader to write a poem!
I’ve been studying these topics full time for nearly a decade now, and even I learned some new things. So, whether you use the Bank On Yourself method or not, or you consider yourself to be an expert or a novice at understanding money and finances, you should read this!
You will undoubtedly learn some things you didn’t already know!
There were so many great contest entries, it was really tough for our team to single out only the five best entries, and the winners of the iPod Touch, Amazon.com gift certificate and more are listed below.
The contest question was: How is dividend-paying whole life insurance different from a savings account, besides the death benefit?
Our readers gave a dozen or so distinct, key differences between the two, and I’ll summarize a number of them in a moment.
However, I think one really critical advantage of a dividend-paying whole life policy wasn’t mentioned…
Many retirees today can’t stomach the volatility or unpredictability of investing in stocks and other traditional investments and were counting on their interest income from CD’s, money markets and savings accounts.
Unfortunately, they made their plans based on assumptions, NOT guarantees.
Few retirees anticipated interest rates being around 1% for an extended period of time, which is the reality they’re facing today. And the impact is catastrophic…
Let’s say you have $500,000 saved up, and your plan was to live off the interest when you’re retired, so you don’t have to draw down your savings. And, like many people, you may have based your assumptions on being able to get an average of 5% interest per year. That means you anticipated your savings throwing off $25,000 a year.
But “reality” didn’t live up to your best-laid plans. Now you’re 70, and, at 1% annual interest, you’re only getting $5,000 a year, NOT the $25,000 you had planned on.
Unfortunately, you’re faced with several choices, none of them very pleasant – give up any luxuries and probably some things you consider necessities, go back to work, and/or cash in some of your savings.
If you need to eat into your principal and you have to withdraw $20,000 to make up the difference, well, that’s $20,000 you’ll NEVER be able to earn a dime on again!
It wasn’t “supposed” to work out this way, but you never had any guarantees! Just like you have no guarantees when you’re investing your retirement savings in stocks, real estate and other traditional investments.
As a result, most Americans today have NO clue when or even if they’ll ever be able to retire!
Shockingly, the average family headed by a person between 60 and 70 years old has only 25% of the amount they’ll need for retirement saved up! (Source: October 2011 AARP Bulletin)
So, how does a dividend-paying whole life policy solve this dire problem?
These policies provide you guaranteed, predictable annual increases that are the largest when you need it most – retirement!
If you use the Bank On Yourself method, then you know – right now – what your guaranteed annual increase will be when you’re 75. And when you’re 80, 95, or 100 – or in ANY given year.
In addition, you KNOW that your guaranteed increase gets larger each year, which also gives you some protection from inflation.
And this critical difference between Bank On Yourself and EVERY other savings or investing product or strategy changes absolutely everything for you between now and the end of your life!
And that’s a big part of the reason so many of the contest entrants also expressed such gratitude for their Bank On Yourself plans.
STOP HOPING AND START KNOWING YOU’ll HAVE A SECURE FINANCIAL FUTURE!
Do you want to add guarantees and predictability to your financial plan? The Bank On Yourself method comes with more advantages and guarantees than any other method we know of. It’s an asset class that has never had a losing year in more than 160 years! If you haven’t already started to Bank On Yourself, today is the day to request your FREE Analysis and find out how to gain peace of mind and take back control of your financial future!
Many of the contest entries pointed out other key differences between dividend-paying whole life (“DPWL”) and a savings account, including…
1. Savings accounts pay a variable (read: unpredictable) interest rate.
To keep it very simple, DPWL policies pay you a guaranteed interest rate (typically 4% or so) on your cash value. PLUS, you have the potential to receive dividends. Dividends aren’t guaranteed, but the Bank On Yourself Authorized Advisors only recommend companies that have paid dividends every single year for at least 100 years.
DPWL dividends aren’t calculated like any other kind of dividends. They are credited based on the death benefit of your policy.
Key Concept: The ONLY way you could receive just the guaranteed annual increase is if the insurance company stopped paying dividends now and never paid you a single dividend until the day you die.
2. You can spend or invest the equity in your policy and the policy keeps growing as though you never touched a dime of it! With a savings account, when you withdraw funds, they no longer earn any interest.
NOTE – only a handful of insurance companies offer policies with this feature, in addition to all the other features required to maximize the power of this concept – another reason to be sure to work with a Bank On Yourself Authorized Advisor who knows which companies to use and can structure your policy to maximize the growth and minimize your taxes.
To get a referral to one of only 200 advisors who have met the rigorous requirements to be an Authorized Advisor, request your free Analysis now.
3. You can borrow your equity in the policy without having to apply or qualify for it, and you can’t be turned down for a loan! Plus, you can pay it back on your own schedule, not someone else’s.
If you borrow from a savings bank using your account as collateral, you have to go through an approval process, and you must pay it back on a pre-arranged schedule. You’ll be charged a penalty if you’re late making a payment. Many banks will only allow you to borrow up to 50% of your account value, and they can seize your money to cover your loan in full, if you miss a payment.
4. You can immediately withdraw 100% of the money you put into a savings account. As noted by one contest entrant, Dan Proskauer, “This is not true for dividend-paying whole life. It’s a long-term commitment, and if you liquidate it early, you will lose capital.” (Dan isn’t a financial advisor, but he knows more about this than most experts do. Dan shared his fascinating story on this blog, and I encourage you to check it out.)
And that is what I’m referring to when I say that Bank On Yourself isn’t a “get-rich-quick” scheme. It takes some patience and discipline. But for those who have those traits, it pays a lifetime of rewards and provides you with more advantages and guarantees than any other financial product or strategy.
5. Interest you earn from a savings account is taxable at the federal and usually state level, too.
It’s possible to access the growth in a DPWL policy with no taxes due, under current tax law. This happens through the proper combination of dividend withdrawals and loans against your cash value.
6. Life insurance companies are far more regulated than savings banks. Unlike banks, which can loan out every dollar ten times, life insurance companies can’t do that. They are legally required to maintain sufficient reserves to pay future claims.
7. DPWL provides asset protection benefits for both your cash value and death benefit in many states. (Check with a professional on the rules for your state.)
And that sums up the biggest differences listed by subscribers between dividend-paying whole life and a savings account.
You may also be interested in learning what the rate of return is on a properly designed Bank On Yourself-type policy.
For these reasons – and many more – I know of no better place to park your money than in a properly designed Bank On Yourself-type policy.
And I’ll pay you $100,000 to prove me wrong!
That’s right! My offer to pay $100K to the first person who can show they use a different strategy that can match or beat Bank On Yourself still stands – nearly three years after I first threw out the gauntlet!
Go ahead – I dare you to take the Challenge!
Bank On Yourself is the best sleep-through-the-night financial security blanket I’ve come across after researching over 450 different financial products and strategies over the past 20 years.
Don’t you owe it to yourself and your family to at least find out what your bottom-line numbers and results could be if you added Bank On Yourself to your financial plan?
Stop hoping and start knowing what your financial future will be!
It’s easy to find out when you request your FREE Analysis. Please do it today, if you haven’t already!
And now for our contest winners…
As I mentioned, there were so many terrific entries, it was hard to pick out only five winners.
But here they are (all are being notified by email that they have won)…
1. The iPod Touch winner is Michael S. Michael brought out some of the advantages business owners can get by financing business purchases with Bank On Yourself.
Michael also confessed to occasionally forgetting all the advantages he’s getting from his three policies (something other readers can relate to, I’m sure) and how reading this blog and reviewing his policy statements and information “reminds me of all the benefits to stay with the plan.”
2. The $100 Amazon.com Gift Certificate winner is Craig Yenni, who was inspired to write this delightful poem!
Here are the three winners who will each receive their choice of a $25 Dining Gift Certificate or a personally autographed copy of my best-selling book:
1. Rose Hillbrand, who made several helpful comments not only in this contest, but also on other blog posts over the last several years.
2. Gentry Eddings, who pointed out the problems with the reserve requirements for banks and the pitfalls of FDIC insurance for banks.
3. Kevin C. also wins for figuring out that he could search this website for comments I’ve made comparing DPWL to a savings account. (I didn’t even remember saying the quote he found. And I’ve now tweaked it in this blog post. Thanks, Kevin!)
And thanks so much to everyone who participated!
Did you learn something new from this contest and post? Let us know in the comments box below…