On May 3, the Life Insurance Settlement Association (LISA) released findings from its 2021 Annual Market Data Collection Survey. The data collected represents summary closing data from 2021 life settlement transactions with twenty-three LISA provider members contributing data to this effort.
Everything is getting more expensive these days. Gas prices are higher, food prices are higher, used car prices are higher—it seems like nothing right now is immune from the effects of inflation. And it’s not going away anytime soon.
It’s true—according to “The Life Settlements Report” released by The Deal, 3,241 people sold their life insurance policies in 2020 for a combined total of over $848 million. It’s a staggering number, and despite the societal impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic, it represented a significant increase over the amount that was sold the year prior.
Many life insurance policy owners may wonder where to start when pursuing a life settlement provider. Selling a life insurance policy is an important decision for policyholders to make and one that should not be taken lightly. They need to know they can trust their provider to help them sell their policy, which is why the decision must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Having a complete understanding of your client and their goals is imperative in guiding them in their determination of how to choose a life settlement provider.
The sustained low interest rate environment brought on by the financial crisis of the late-2000s has forced financial planners to revisit some of the broad assumptions we’ve made in the past for projecting portfolio returns. A new article in the Journal of Financial Planning, “Planning for a More Expensive Retirement,” takes this anecdotal reality to an empirical level by studying the implications of continued low returns on retirement plans.