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Offshore Private Placement Variable Universal Life Insurance

Posted by William Byrnes on October 2, 2010

Author: Benjamin S. Terner

Why is this Topic Important to Wealth Managers? Provides an overview of one useful tool for affluent clients.  Presents offshore private placement life insurance considerations wealth managers may consider when discussing this topic with clients.

As a brief review, private placement variable universal life insurance may allow individuals “the ability to select asset management beyond the limited asset-management choices offered in retail variable life insurance products.”

Generally speaking, one benefit derived from the use of private placement policies “in the high-net-worth market” is that the policy is essentially an “investment vehicle, optimally used for the most tax-inefficient asset classes in an investor’s portfolio.”  Therefore, some common goals for wealth managers structuring transactions as private placement life contracts: “are to take advantage of the income tax and possible estate tax savings, to maximize investment choices, and to incur as little cost as possible in doing so.”

Please see the AdvisorFYI blog for the entire blogticle.

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