As a parent, spouse, employee, you have a unique human life value to others. While much of the value you bring into these relationships may not be financial, or even financially quantifiable, a life insurance policy allows you to monetize your human life value when you are no longer there in person. When you obtain life insurance, you have monetized yourself.
The group, Financial & Tax Fraud Education Associates, is a non-profit organization that operates a website (www.quatloos.com) devoted to exposing fraudulent business financial and taxation practices. In the middle of a commentary on the potential abuses in life settlements (agreements where a private investor buys an existing life insurance policy from the insured in exchange for becoming the beneficiary), are several interesting comments on the “hidden asset” of insurability.
“(W)ealthy people have a hidden asset, which is their insurability. The [homeless person] at the bus station can’t qualify for $5 million in life insurance, but many affluent and nearly affluent Americans can. Whether buying a lot of insurance makes financial sense for a person depends on a lot of factors, including their age, health, and what the internal rate of return will be. But when it does make sense, wealthy people should be taking advantage of their large insurable interest by purchasing as much life insurance as they can reasonably afford so as to either pay estate taxes or to further grow their estate (income tax free) for their children.
This comment reflects the philosophy of coordinating the monetization of assets concept mentioned in the previous article. The author further states that monetizing one’s life is even worth borrowing for…
“If the wealthy people were really smart, they would simply buy as much life insurance as they could and hold it until their deaths. If they didn’t have the cash on hand to buy it, they could always use the services of many lenders who are willing to finance the premiums with the loans being paid out of the policy proceeds at death.
Most people might not think of borrowing to obtain life insurance, but borrowing is certainly a monetization strategy, and for some people, the benefit of monetizing their human life value/insurability may outweigh the cost of borrowing.
HAVE YOU MONETIZED YOUR GREATEST ASSET?