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Read These Bank On Yourself Reviews from Actual Clients

These Bank On Yourself reviews aren’t based merely on theory. They report the actual results of Bank On Yourself clients.

Bank On Yourself is a financial strategy based on high cash value dividend-paying whole life insurance. Bank On Yourself-type policies enjoy guaranteed growth and are carefully designed to create maximum cash value and flexibility. This allows policy owners to take loans against their life insurance policies while still experiencing the same growth on their money – just as if they hadn’t touched a dime of it!

Here are the Bank On Yourself reviews of two of our hundreds of thousands of happy Bank On Yourself clients …

Steady Growth of His Savings Replaces a Rocky Ride for Bank On Yourself Reviewer

Dan Proskauer is an engineer with a graduate degree from Cornell University, the highest-rated engineering school in the Ivy League. Dan works for a major healthcare company, and he holds three U.S. patents.

Dan is a sophisticated investor. He lives below his means, and he’s disciplined about saving for the future. But after the financial crashes of 2000 and 2008, Dan realized he had nothing to show for decades of saving and investing his hard-earned money and “doing all the right things.”

Dan is very analytical, and he spent literally hundreds of hours investigating Bank On Yourself and, as he puts it, “The more I look at this, the better it looks.” He started his first two policies (one for himself and one for his wife) in 2009 and developed a spreadsheet to track the policies’ progress and his family’s net worth.

A couple of years after Dan shared the story of his phenomenal initial success with the Bank On Yourself strategy, we asked him for an update on how things had changed, once he was 3½ years into the Bank On Yourself program.

He chuckled and told an amusing story on himself …

“I had been glancing at my policy tracking chart periodically, and I was beginning to wonder why I saw so little change. I was expecting to see some difference as we progressed on our journey with Bank On Yourself. After two years of seeing no real change, it bothered me so much, I dug into the spreadsheet to figure out what was going on.”

What Dan discovered was that two years earlier, he had selected a specific time period to display, and for two years, the chart just showed him data from that exact same time period, every time he looked at it.

“When I removed that date restriction and saw the data from my whole record, I was stunned!”

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so take a look for yourself:

Graph of Growth of Net Worth Over Time Before and After Removing Market Volatility

When I looked at what happened to the left of the blue arrow [indicating the time we started to implement the Bank On Yourself method] and compared that with what was happening to the right of the arrow, the picture was totally different. After starting our Bank On Yourself plans, the volatility was completely gone. It’s a very smooth slope, and the slope is tremendously steeper—in a good way—than I ever expected. That just floored me.”

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Bank On Yourself Reviewer Now Sleeps Soundly, Knowing His Nest Egg Is Growing Safely!

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Dan says, “I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment that I made this decision. Frankly, it’s working out far better than I could have expected.

“The other thing is, I go to sleep every night knowing I don’t have to worry about ‘What’s going to be the news out of Europe when I wake up in the morning? What’s going to be the news out of Asia?’

“Or when I get up and go to work, ‘What’s going to happen during the day in the U.S.?’ I just don’t really worry about any of that. I know that our family has a solid and predictable financial future, with Bank On Yourself as a foundation.”

Listen to our first interview with Dan Proskauer, a very satisfied Bank On Yourself client, on the Bank On Yourself website. After Dan gave us the news about his little spreadsheet mishap, he talked with us about the difference between paper wealth (what you could have if you sold an asset today – but since you’re not selling it today, it’s only paper wealth) and real wealth (like cash in the bank … or the cash value of a dividend-paying whole life insurance policy).

And he pointed out that not only are government-controlled retirement accounts such as 401(k)s and IRAs only paper wealth, they’re also virtually untouchable before retirement. Listen to (or read a transcript of) Dan’s second interview with Pamela Yellen here.

Bank On Yourself Reviewer Dan Proskauer Still Loves Bank On Yourself

Today, Dan Proskauer has nine Bank On Yourself-type policies, including several for his wife and himself, plus one policy each for his three children.

He says, “The wind is at our backs,” as the cash values in their policies grow more efficiently every year – “without the risk inherent in the stock market.”

“We’ve also had ready access to our capital at all times and have taken numerous policy loans.” Dan has had all the proof he needs, to know that taking life insurance policy loans beats borrowing from his banker any day!

Bank On Yourself Reviewer Reveals How a Boston School Teacher Fired His Banker

At first, Joe Goldsmith was concerned that it would take too long for his savings to grow in his Bank On Yourself plan. In fact, for the first few years he was upside down; that is, the total of his contributions exceeded his cash value. But then, because his policy was growing at a supercharged rate, he saw that his cash value was growing faster and faster. And from the very first day, he has had the full death benefit protection for his family.

Joe took advantage of the loan feature of his whole life insurance policy to actually fire his banker and bank on himself.

In his very first year, Joe and his wife used life insurance policy loans to …

  • Take three trips to Florida (the Goldsmiths live in Boston)
  • Purchase a big screen TV for one of their kids
  • Pay off two car loans—and they got the pink slips!
  • Pay off their credit card debt
  • Buy a luxury bed
  • Take her wedding ring to the jewelers to have it up-scaled

Joe comments …

Some people are going to be skeptical about how much we did in one year, but it’s all true. You just have to know how to use your policy and be disciplined about paying back your loans.”

Joe feels that those who do best with the Bank On Yourself strategy are not spendthrifts, but rather disciplined savers. Joe told us those six items he financed himself (plus whatever items he forgot to mention) were things they were going to spend money on anyway. “The difference is that we are paying ourselves back instead of paying a financial institution.”

Joe especially likes that there’s no loan application or qualifying necessary to take out a life insurance policy loan.

I am the depositor, the lender, the borrower, and the payee, all in one!”

You can read Joe’s full Bank On Yourself review here.

Read Reviews of Bank On Yourself Written by Other Happy Users

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The Financial Shock that Can KILL You

Middle-aged Americans who experience a major economic blow are more likely to die during the years that follow than those who don’t.

That’s according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Shockingly, those who experienced a devastating financial loss – called a “wealth shock” – have a 50% greater risk of dying early. And it doesn’t matter how much money you had to start.

How likely are you to experience a wealth shock?

About 1 in 4 people in the study have had a wealth shock, averaging a loss of about $100,000. Often it was a result of a drop in the value of retirement investments or a home foreclosure.

Some shocks happened during the Great Recession of 2007-2009. Some happened before or after that.

But it didn’t matter if the economy was good or bad – a wealth shock still increased the chance of dying early.

The findings suggest a wealth shock is as dangerous as a new diagnosis of heart disease, says Dr. Alan Garber of Harvard University. Another expert noted that,

We should be doing everything we can to prevent people from experiencing wealth shocks.”

[Read more…] “The Financial Shock that Can KILL You”

See Testimonials and Reviews About Bank On Yourself on Our YouTube Playlist

In their own personal YouTube reviews of Bank On Yourself, actual users of the Bank On Yourself strategy describe the different ways they use this flexible tried-and-true financial resource. We’ve collected some of these reviews in our YouTube Bank On Yourself Reviews Playlist.

Perhaps you want to be able to seize an unexpected opportunity that requires ready cash, or pay off student and credit card debt, take a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, finance the purchase of an automobile, or even underwrite the crowdsourcing of a church major fundraising campaign. These Bank On Yourself reviewers tell you how they did it.

And just as they did, you’ll find that borrowing against the cash value of your permanent life insurance policy is a quick, affordable, and simple way to get the cash you need in just a few short days, with no questions asked.

Bank On Yourself Reviewer Uses a Policy Loan to Help Fund a Last-Minute Adoption

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Will Your Money Last as Long as You Do?

Too many people determine how long they think they’ll live based on arbitrary factors.

And nearly half of pre-retirees and retirees underestimate how long they’ll live by five years or more, according to surveys by the Society of Actuaries.

That’s a big problem when it comes to making sure your money lasts as long as you do.

And very few people surveyed understand how variable life expectancy can be: Whatever the statistics say is the average life span for someone of your age and gender, you have a 50% chance of living longer than that age.

In other words, planning for living to an “average life expectancy” is a recipe for disaster!

By age 65, men in average health have a 40% chance of living to age 85, and women have more than a 50% chance.

And if you’re healthier than average, well now you’ve got a 50% chance of living to age 85 if you’re a man, and a 62% chance if you’re a woman.

Of those turning 65 today, 25% will live past 90, and one out of 10 will live past 95, according to the Social Security Administration.

What if you’re the lucky one who hangs on until 100 or longer? You don’t know for sure, do you? But just how “lucky” will you feel if you can’t provide for yourself in those final years?

My 95-year-old mother-in-law lives in an assisted-living facility in Arizona. When her husband died, she got a life insurance settlement and has been receiving a nice pension payout every year. [Read more…] “Will Your Money Last as Long as You Do?”

How to Pay Zero Taxes in Retirement – Without Being Broke

Do you have money in a tax-deferred retirement account such as a 401(k), IRA or 403(b)? If so, you’re sitting on a tax time bomb.

I’m going to reveal the tax traps you face and show you how to move toward a 0% tax bracket in retirement (legally!) – but not by doing it the way most people do it, which is by being broke!

Conventional wisdom says, “Maximize your contributions to tax-deferred plans. Your money compounds without being reduced by taxes, and you’ll end up with more money during retirement.”

But like much conventional wisdom about personal finance, it’s not true…

The Society of Actuaries says if the tax rates are the same,

It doesn’t make any difference whether [the taxes] are taken away from you at the beginning (tax-exempt) or at the end (tax-deferred). It’s the same fraction of your money that is left to you.”

But most people look at their savings and think it’s all theirs. You may have forgotten you’ll owe Uncle Sam the taxes he let you defer all those years – on every penny you’ve put in and every penny of growth.

And according to Boston College’s Center for Retirement director, Alicia Munnell,

It’s a very big deal when people realize they only have two-thirds or three-quarters of what they thought they had.”

If the tax rates are actually lower during your retirement, you might come out ahead by deferring your taxes. But where do you think tax rates are headed long term? You must consider what tax rates might be during a retirement that could last 30+ years.

Most people we talk to think taxes ultimately must go up due to the aging demographics of our country and our unsustainable national debt. (Recently the debt passed $21 trillion for the first time.) If tax rates do go up, and you’re successful in growing your nest-egg, you’ll simply end up paying higher taxes on a bigger number. [Read more…] “How to Pay Zero Taxes in Retirement – Without Being Broke”

Four Years after Publication, This New York Times Best-Seller on Bank On Yourself Still Generates Rave Reviews on Amazon

Picture of the Bank On Yourself Revolution book coverPamela Yellen’s book, The Bank On Yourself Revolution, hit the bookstores in 2014. It was an overnight sensation, landing on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Amazon.com (where it was a #1 bestseller), and USA Today.

Shoppers on the world’s largest bookstore, Amazon.com, have consistently praised all of Pamela Yellen’s books … and this one is no exception.

And in fact, nearly 80% of reviewers have given Pamela Yellen’s Bank On Yourself Revolution a 4-star or 5-star review. Many also used glowing terms to describe their personal experiences with the Bank On Yourself concept.

Why is the Bank On Yourself concept receiving so much positive attention from Americans interested in a secure financial future? We’ve sifted through Amazon’s book reviews to find the answers. (All reviews are quoted verbatim, except for spelling and grammatical corrections and minor edits for clarity.)

According to Amazon Reviewer “Valentine,” Bank On Yourself Is “The Best Lifelong Safe and Guaranteed Wealth-Building Strategy Everyone Can Employ”

[Read more…] “Four Years after Publication, This New York Times Best-Seller on Bank On Yourself Still Generates Rave Reviews on Amazon”

Why is the “Father of the 401(k)” Now Putting His Money into Bank On Yourself Instead?

It caused quite a stir when the man who is credited with being the “father of the 401(k),” Ted Benna, recently announced that he’s put a substantial part of his own money – “probably the biggest part of my wealth” – into what is most commonly known as a Bank On Yourself plan.

You see, for at least six years now, Benna has been calling the 401(k) a “monster” that “should be blown up.”

Benna is credited with finding a way to capitalize on the tax code to create a way for working men and women to supplement the pension plans that many workers used to have. Those pensions plans have been disappearing, and 401(k)s were created to hopefully help pick up the slack.

But over the years, Benna watched Wall Street and Big Business pervert the 401(k) in ways he couldn’t possibly predict.

In a recent interview, Ted Benna discussed three reasons why we should be very leery of 401(k)s and IRAs:

  • The government may repeal the 401(k) and IRA, so you won’t be able to put any more money pre-tax into these accounts, or the amount you can put in will be drastically reduced (Congress considered doing that again last year!)
  • Benna believes the next stock and bond market crash is imminent and could wipe out 40% of the typical portfolio
  • Wall Street has hijacked these plans, and the excessive fees charged by mutual fund companies and plan administrators are robbing you of up to half of your nest egg

I’ve Been Sounding the Alarm About 401(k)s and IRAs for Even Longer than Benna

[Read more…] “Why is the “Father of the 401(k)” Now Putting His Money into Bank On Yourself Instead?”

7 Warning Flags and Financial Risk Factors We Face Today

You know people have gotten too complacent about investing in the stock market and what it takes to grow real wealth when…

  1. People bragging about becoming 401(k) millionaires and posting their balances on social media has become a “thing” (remember when everyone from the company executives to the janitor were bragging at the water cooler about being real estate millionaires, just before the last crash?)
  2. People start to think they can actually retire comfortably on $1,000,000 (you can’t, because the IRS will take at least 25% – 33% off the top, and you’ll need $500,000 just to cover out-of-pocket healthcare and long-term care costs in retirement)
  3. The personal savings rate fell to its third-lowest on record at the end of 2017
  4. Consumer spending is rising, and more of it is being fueled by debt (the last quarter registered the second-largest percentage increase in charge-card debt in a decade)
  5. Inflation is taking a bigger bite out of Americans’ paychecks (real average hourly earnings of 80% of employees fell by half a percent in January – its fifth decline in six months)
  6. Hundreds of major companies have price earnings ratios that are higher than during the height of the 2000 and 2007 bubbles
  7. For a decade now, central banks have pretended they can print up prosperity (which they’ve done at a magnitude beyond imagination… and we’re supposed to have blind faith that they know what they’re doing)

[Read more…] “7 Warning Flags and Financial Risk Factors We Face Today”

Is Your Personal Balance Sheet – Your Financial Snapshot – Giving You a True Picture?

A balance sheet shows you at a glance what you own, what you owe, and what the difference is. The difference is your “net worth” – and the greater your net worth, the more you’re in a position to meet life’s financial uncertainties.

A balance sheet for John and Jane Doe, showing assets including $300,000 in retirement savings; and showing liabilities.
Figure 1. A Simple Balance Sheet
It’s called a balance sheet because your assets minus your liabilities always equals – balances – your net worth.

If you owe more than you own, your net worth is a negative number, and that’s an early indication of possible financial problems or bankruptcy in your future.

Here’s a simple balance sheet. See Figure 1. We see that John and Jane have added up the fair market value of their major possessions – their house, car, furnishings, cash in the bank, and retirement savings – and have total assets of $570,500. But when we subtract what they owe – their first and second mortgages, car loan, student loan, and credit card balances – their net worth (the cash they could come up with if they sold everything) is $369,000. [Read more…] “Is Your Personal Balance Sheet – Your Financial Snapshot – Giving You a True Picture?”

The Stock Market Never Goes Down Any More? (Really?!?)

What was until recently an unloved bull market has now reached the point of “euphoria,” and investors are “having a hard time imagining a decline,” according to Morgan Stanley.

After all, what’s not to love about a bull market that has only two directions – up… and up faster?

It’s being called a “market melt-up,” and the main fear people now have is of missing out.

Those caught up in the euphoria – and the fear of missing out – might want to consider the following:

  • The S&P 500 is trading at 2.3 times its companies’ sales – a smidgen below its dot-com peak
  • Price-earnings ratios have only been higher for 1% of the stock index’s history
  • The cyclically adjusted price-earnings ratio is higher than before the crash of 1929, and higher than at any moment in history except right before the dot-com crash

Those of us who experienced the pain of the dot-com meltdown in 2002 and the financial crash of 2008 hope that the market will never become that irrationally exuberant again.

Back then, people justified their exuberance with the mantra that “this time it’s different.” [Read more…] “The Stock Market Never Goes Down Any More? (Really?!?)”