President Reagan’s Secret 702(j) Retirement Plan is yet one more name that the Palm Beach Group has given to the Bank On Yourself method, which relies on a super-charged variation of an asset that’s never had a losing year in it’s 160+ year history.
Here’s a spoiler alert: The 702 J Retirement Plan is not an investment and not technically a retirement plan. It’s a specialized type of high cash value dividend-paying whole life insurance that enjoys tax advantages spelled out in IRS Section 7702 of the US tax code.
It’s a wonderful retirement plan alternative that has none of the volatility and unpredictability of traditional investing strategies.
So why didn’t The Palm Beach Group call it a “7702 J plan” instead of a “702 J plan”?
Because that way you won’t be able to find out what it really is! Section 702 of the tax code refers to something else altogether. The Palm Beach Group’s main goal is to get you to pay for information that’s available for free elsewhere.
The 702(j) Retirement Plan – which Palm Beach Group also calls the 770 Account, 501(k) plan, and Income for Life – is most commonly known as a “Bank On Yourself plan,” and we’ve been educating the public about it since 2002.
Palm Beach is the latest group to jump on the Bank On Yourself bandwagon. And the reason Palm Beach Letter keeps changing the name of this strategy is to create mystery. This article explores what they got right about this strategy… and what they got wrong.
You see, Palm Beach Letter is part of a highly successful publishing company that puts out subscription-based investment newsletters.
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“Subscription-based” is code word for the only thing you get for free is hype and mystery. To get any real details or actual meat, you gotta pay for it. Some of their publications and advisory services cost up to $5,000 each, so getting you hooked on paying for their information is a top priority for Palm Beach Letter.
And since you can get all the details you’d ever need to know for FREE right here on this Bank On Yourself website and in our ezine, Palm Beach Letter needs to make sure you never connect the dots.
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Palm Beach Letter can afford to spend BIG money on top copywriters and massive marketing campaigns. But at some point, an advertising campaign goes stale.
And that’s when Palm Beach Letter hires another copywriter and tells them to dream up a new, mysterious-sounding name for this strategy.
And That’s How the 702(j) Retirement Plan Was Born
I wrote about an earlier name Palm Beach Letter gave to this strategy – the 770 Account. And in that post, I explain three critical things Palm Beach got wrong about it, and one thing they got right.
Some of what Palm Beach Letter got wrong is SO serious that it will undoubtedly cause the various state insurance departments and commissioners to knock on Palm Beach Group’s door, if they haven’t already. One example is that this strategy relies on specially-designed dividend-paying whole life insurance policies, and in most states it’s illegal to call a life insurance policy a retirement plan.
But here I’d like to point out a few additional things Palm Beach Letter got wrong in their sales letter for the 702(j) Retirement Plan.
Let’s start with a biggie…
There is NO such thing as a 702(j) or 770 account!
Palm Beach Letter claims “it’s named after the IRS tax code that gives it its tax exempt status.”
But there’s no code named 770 or 702(j) that relates to the tax status of life insurance policies. (And Section 702 relates to something else altogether.) It’s actually IRS Section 7702 that relates to this, and it was added to the tax code by the Deficit Reduction Act of 1984.
Which just so happened to be while Ronald Reagan was President.
Palm Beach Letter uses “770” and “702(j)” as red herrings, so you can’t just search online and find out that it applies to cash value life insurance. They hope you’ll be so curious that you’ll pay them to get the details.
Devilishly clever… and deceptive, don’t you think?
Because at Bank On Yourself, we believe in being transparent, here is a link to the details of IRS Section 7702.
Palm Beach Letter Continues to Be Clueless About the Guaranteed Growth in a Dividend-Paying Whole Life Policy
As I explained here in my post about the 770 Account, Palm Beach Group doesn’t understand how the guaranteed growth of your cash value is calculated.
They’ve gone even farther out on a limb in their 702(j) Retirement Plan promotion, claiming you can “collect 4-5% on your money, guaranteed.”
That’s not true, although it is true that when you include the dividends, the return can be substantial.
I encourage you to watch this video that shows an actual policy issued nearly 50 years ago and then walks you through how you would have to get a 9.94% annual return in a tax-deferred 401(k) or IRA to equal it.
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Here’s another thing I take issue with: Palm Beach Letter lists many politicians and well-known people who have owned whole life insurance plans.
Some of these instances are well documented, and I have covered them in my New York Times best-selling book, The Bank On Yourself Revolution and on this website. (See Famous People Who Use the Bank On Yourself Method, for starters.)
However, I have documented all of my sources for that information.
Palm Beach Letter thinks you should just take their word for it – another example of lack of transparency.
Buyer Beware When It Comes to Using Palm Beach Letter’s Recommended 702(j) Experts
They tell you if you pay them money, they’ll give you the contact info for the advisors they recommend you use to set up your 702(j) plan.
But one of their highly touted “experts” wrote a book which advises clients to take retirement income from the policy in a way that can cause the policy to lapse, creating a big tax liability. It also results in less cash value over time.
That should give anyone pause. The Bank On Yourself Authorized Advisors receive vigorous training on this and would never recommend such a risky strategy.
What Palm Beach Letter Got Right About the 702(j) Retirement Plan
They really spent enormous amounts of time and money investigating this strategy and have concluded (as I have) that it is an amazing safe wealth-building tool that has stood the test of time.
And because they can afford a massive advertising campaign, they have given the concept even more exposure and credibility.
But if you want the real FACTS about this concept, you’ve come to the right place.
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