Thursday, July 30, 2020

IBC: Planning For Your First (or Next) IBC Policy

Sometimes it's not possible to get started with an Infinite Banking designed Whole Life policy right away.

One of the main reasons could be due to cash flow but it’s possible a convertible term policy would be an option to consider if the minimum monthly contribution of $500 is not in the cards just yet to get started with IBC.  

Instead you could budget $20-50 a month for a 10 year term policy now.  Your age, health rating, and amount of death benefit will ultimately determine your monthly premium.  This would guarantee you have the ability to start an IBC designed Whole Life policy by locking in your insurability today so that you can get started anytime in the next 10 years. 

There is also a credit for the previous 12 months of premium when the term policy is converted to an IBC designed Whole Life policy.  If you are married and/or have kids, the death benefit from the term policy gives your family added protection.  If you are single, then the convertible term policy is merely to guarantee your health so that you qualify for the IBC Whole Life policy when ready.

I started in the life insurance industry in 1998.  I’ve seen a number of people wait to get started for various reasons only to lose their health (prostate cancer, stroke, diabetes, complications from a car accident, etc.). I’ve seen a lot of bad luck happen to good people.  For that reason, I believe you should at a minimum consider a convertible 10 year term policy.

This type of pre-IBC planning is what I refer to as "Future Planning".  It also works great if you already have one or more IBC Whole Life policies.

I keep a $2m term policy on myself despite owning multiple IBC designed Whole Life policies.  I keep it available so I know with 100% certainty I can open my next IBC policy even if my health changes for the worse.

And when I eventually convert my existing term policy to Whole Life, I'll also look to obtain another 10 year term policy so I can repeat the same process for the next 10 year window of my life.  

You may ask yourself why a 10 Year Convertible Term? The reason is that in my experience, people who undertake to practice IBC convert all of the death benefit in their term policy on average by the 5th year. Unless you feel a need for a substantially longer term period, a 10 Year Convertible Term works extremely well for it's ultimate planned use which is conversion to an IBC designed Whole Life policy.

If you would like to learn more about getting yourself set up for your first or next IBC plan, let me know.  You can find me here:

Thank you,

John Montoya

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Are You Thinking About Retiring Early?

Life doesn’t always go as planned, and if you’re currently navigating a new set of circumstances that has led you to consider an earlier retirement, it’s important to proceed carefully and thoughtfully.

Is it possible for you to retire early? If so, what’s the best way to go about it?
To start, take a look at these basic considerations and reach out if you’d like to check in.

Strategize Social Security

You may be able to start collecting Social Security at age 62, but many people choose to hold off if they’re able to. Waiting until your full retirement age (which depends on your birth year) or up until age 70 will lead to an increase in benefits.

Rebalance as Needed

Whether it’s by re-examining your portfolio or shifting more assets to cash (or both), try to make sure you’re finding the right balance and reducing risk as needed.  

One of the best ways to reduce risk is to consider an indexed annuity as part of your overall portfolio.

Indexed annuities do 2 things extremely well:

  1. Principle protection with upside growth
  2. Offer guaranteed lifetime income streams

Create a Withdrawal Approach

While many retirees aim to withdraw around 4% of their investments in the first year of retirement and adjust the amount for inflation going forward, there are no set rules for success. 

In fact, most fiancial pundits are now saying because of market volatility you should withdraw no more than 3% per year in retirement to avoid running out of money.  You may decide to withdraw more or less depending on your budgeting habits and age. 

To see where you stand now, multiply your current savings by 4% and divide by 12 to find what your monthly income amount would be.

If you are needing a withdrawal rate greater than 4% to ensure you won't run out of money in retirement, this is another reason to consider an annuity which typically have withdrawal rates greater than 4%. 

Other Factors

Don’t forget about additional considerations like health care and taxes. Overall, it’s important to sit down and calculate your anticipated monthly expenses (including a cushion for anything unexpected).

Do you need assistance mapping out your short-term, mid-term and long-term goals? It's extremely important that you make sure your guaranteed income in retirement covers all expenses.  Reach out anytime to discuss your questions here:

Thank you,

John Montoya

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

How Accountable To Your Wealth Are You?

"Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked."  - Warren Buffet

There has never been a better time to look at your finances then the present pandemic.

We've seen the market drop precipitously only to experience the best 50 day run in history.  Meanwhile, new unemployment numbers are in the millions and increasing each week.  The dichotomy of between what's happening on Wall Street and Main Street has arguably never been as stark as it is now. 

If you've been exposed in 2020 by a lack of liquidity (access to cash) and seen your overall net worth drop by greater than 15% in 30 day time frame, then now is the perfect time to rethink and reshape the foundation to your financial plan.  

There are critical elements this pandemic has exposed in the traditional financial model.  For the purpose of this article I'm going to focus on one area you probably give little thought to:

Your Savings Strategy


What does your savings strategy look like?  

Do you save in a traditional bank?  Is your savings really an investment plan like a 401k?

These are important questions because whether you save your money in a bank or a government qualified retirement account, you've exposed your money to at least of 1 of the 3 main Wealth Destroyers that are eating away at your net worth.  

3 Wealth Destroyers

  1. Risk:  Can you lose money?
  2. Taxes:  How much of the growth do you keep?
  3. Inflation:  Are you staying ahead of the invisible tax that reduces your purchasing power?

(There's also a 4th Wealth Destroyer which I'll get to in a moment)


Does your savings strategy make you more accountable, more efficient, and more profitable?

Let me ask you in a different way so you can better understanding of what I mean.  

How much value do you place on cash? 

For most people, the value is very low.  

If you pay cash for large items, you likely don't save money on a planned schedule.  You simply save what's necessary for your next big purchase or emergency.  This is important because not having a systemized plan means you place very little value on your saved dollars.

Think of it this way, when you borrow money from a traditional bank, you pay interest.  If you save money, you expect to earn interest.  Yet, when you use your saved dollars, you don't put any value on that money but this is a HUGE MISTAKE because of the opportunity cost of paying with cash from your traditional accounts.

Remember, you either pay or earn interest.  Paying with cash means you give up the ability to earn interest on that cash forever, and this is true even if you are great at replenishing your savings account!

You save up, spend, and start all over.  Rinse, Repeat.  It looks like this:

Let's now plug a high early cash value (Infinite Banking) Whole Life policy into the equation and see how it holds up to the 3 previously mentioned Wealth Destroyers.  

  1. IBC Whole Life policies eliminate market risk,
  2. IBC Whole Life policies remove the taxes on the growth, use, and transfer of those dollars,
  3. Cash Values (and the future death benefit) are increasing at a pace that stays ahead of inflation,

and you have a Savings Strategy that incorporates an asset class that overcomes the 4th Wealth Destroyer:

The Constant Interruption of Growth

If you don't think this is important, ask yourself this:

How much money will pass through your checking/savings account in your lifetime never to be seen again? It's a large amount of money, am I right?!?  Wouldn't it make sense to allow that money to work for you all of your life rather than disappear forever?

When you use cash value to fund your lifestyle, pay for your kid's education, start or grow a business, or even prepare for retirement, you own an asset that you can use and re-use without interrupting the compounding curve of your saved dollars.

This is because cash values continue to grow on the full value even when there are loans taken.  You can't get uninterrupted growth with a traditonal bank account or 401k/IRA.

But to really make IBC work, you need to be accountable to your wealth!

A little discussed benefit to having an Infinite Banking Whole Life policy is how the use of this type of Savings Strategy makes you more accountable, efficient, and even more profitable than the traditional savings plan you currently use.  

People who don't understand how cash value life insurance works scoff at the notion of taking policy loans because they place little to no value on their saved dollars.  They don't know what they don't know...

Utilizing policy loans are critical to building your net worth because taking and repaying policy loans forces you to be accountable to your money, including when you use the cash values for investing.

On the point of using IBC for investing, my IBC Whole Life policies don't restrict me from making investments.  On the contrary, accessing the cash value via policy loans have made my investments more profitable by using leverage available in Whole Life policies to create two assets from the same dollar.

Here's the main point:

IBC forces you to replenish your wealth so that you never liquidate your savings without any intention of keeping it growing. 

If you are serious about accumulating wealth that can overcome all 4 Wealth Destroyers, it's imperative you evaluate your current savings strategy to be sure you setting the proper foundation for building wealth that can endure any financial storm.

And don't forget, just because a Whole Life policy is an unmanaged asset (it has guarantees and it can't lose money based on market whims), "practicing IBC" means you need to practice being accountable to the dollars you save!

Chances are you are already a good Saver.  You're just not saving in the best spot!

If you have questions about your current IBC plan or are looking to get started with IBC, you can connect with me here:

Thank you,

John A. Montoya

Thursday, May 21, 2020

401k Employer Match - Food for Thought

"Any necessary change in your life will involve the way you think and your willingness to change the way you go about it." - Nelson Nash

I'm thinking about 401k's and the match some people receive from their employers and I wanted to share this thought with you.

If you stop to really think about it, the employer match to a 401k isn't "free".  It's certainly nice to think of it that way.

However, if you're thinking like a business owner, the truth is that is that match in a 401k plan is really part of the employee overall financial package.  It is part of your overall gross pay.

Some employers provide really great benefits and the trade-off is a lower salary.  It's no different with a 401k match.  The match is a benefit but ultimately it is part of your compensation package.

There is no free lunch.  Period.

Whether you choose to accept it is entirely up to you.

Think of it like a gift card.

Businesses love gift cards because many gift cards are never used.  Some get tossed without ever using the entire balance.  This is especially true with gift cards that may have an expiration date.  That's money the business can eventually re-purpose elsewhere.

When you don't opt to take advantage of the 401k match, that's part of your compensation package you're leaving on the table.

Just don't consider it free.  It's yours... if you want it.

The big question: is the match worth it?

Instinctively, yes....right?

If you understand and practice Infinite Banking, there's definitely more debate about the merit of the 401k match however.

After all, accepting the match means locking up your contributions until age 59.5.  That's money no longer in your control, prone to losses, 2-3% in 401k and mutual funds fees per year (smaller companies have the most excessive fees due to economies of scale), and ultimately a permanent tax lien upon withdrawal.

Also, that employer match potentially means you'll have more in your 401k account.

Great, you say but you will also have a higher probability of paying a larger % of taxes upon your withdrawal.  That match is essentially extra revenue for the IRS. 

(This is simply human nature to pursue self-interest, not conspiracy-- when Wall Street earns a guaranteed fee on every dollar you contribute for the life of the plan and the government is waiting to collect their portion, too, do you ever stop question their motive in recommending you be all-in on maxing out your 401k?)

Suddenly you begin to realize the match isn't really a 100% no brainer like conventional wisdom would want you to believe.

It's my experience that the prevailing convertional financial wisdom has a way of leading people into financial bondage instead.  This is what happens when society turns to government solutions instead of figuring things out on our own.

Government, banks, and Wall Street absolutely all have something to gain by your continued participation.  The wise consumer will look to protect their money from prying hands (fees and taxes) by looking at every dollar they save as their own personal property.

A 401k/IRA is bit of lobster trap if you ask me.  (Understatement of the year.)

If you decide there's no other choice than a 401k or IRA, it will be the best you can do.

But is it the only option?

Of course not.

IBC proves this because it is a private contract between two private entities, you and a mutual-based life insurance company (owned by you-the policyowner!).  When you capitalize your own pool of money within a dividend-paying Whole Life policy, you're actually choosing a tax-favored property that when used properly can help minimize taxation and grow wealth uninterrupted, even while you use the money elsewhere!

The more you learn about IBC the more you will actually be forced to think like a business owner.  Whether you run your own business or not, you must realize there are 2 businesses you should participate in.

The first business is currently what you do for income.  The other business should be the eternal business of banking.   You are already a bank consumer.  The difference is you shop at a bank you don't own or control.  Might as well understand how banking works so you can benefit from acquiring your own pool of money to build your wealth.

It's a pretty simple solution to life's biggest financial problem (the ability to save more than you spend) once you realize there is another option than a 401k.

Pop Quiz

1. How much money do you save each year?
2. How much do you spend on fixed expenses (car loans, rent/mortgages, taxes, vacations, tuition, etc) each year?

Are you saving more or spending more?

The average person spends 3.5x more than they save but they have been conditioned to focus on the smaller amount never realizing they have the ability to take control of the larger amount to create wealth.

Pick up a copy of Becoming Your Own Banker by Nelson Nash if you haven't already.  It is an essential starting point to guide you on a path of your own making, towards a financial lifestyle that you ultimately can control by eliminating the IRS, banks, and Wall Street from your life.

"Action is preceded by thinking.  Thinking is to deliberate beforehand over the future action and to reflect afterwards upon the past action.  Thinking and action are inseparable.  - Ludwig von Mises

Thank you,

John Montoya

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

IBC Mailbag: 3 Ways To Access Money from a Whole Life Policy

The following is an email reply to a new client requesting to access money for the first time.  This client emailed me requesting to "withdraw" money to pay off a car loan.

Hi ______,

So I’m going to be a bit of a nerd here because I want to be sure we are using the correct wording/terminology.

The best way to access funds is via policy loan because it doesn’t interrupt the compounding effect of the money in the policy and it is also a non-taxable event.

Withdrawing money physically removes your own money from the account and interrupts the compounding effect. 

I explain accessing money from a Whole Life policy this way to keep it simple:

There are 3 ways to access money

  1. The Sad Way
  2. The Dumb Way
  3. The Smart Way

The sad way is you pass away and the beneficiary gets the death benefit.  Let’s avoid that for as long as possible!

The dumb way interrupts compounding growth. 

The smart way, as mentioned, doesn’t interrupt the compounding growth of the cash values and is tax-free.

Utilizing the "Smart Way" allows you to be your banker.  You are essentially replacing the car finance company from the equation.  All the payments you would send to the car finance company will now be returned to your banking system (the whole life policy) where it will earn a guaranteed tax-free rate of return for the rest of your life!

All of this is possible by becoming your own banker through a dividend paying whole life insurance policy.  Why pay other financial institutions when you don’t have to?

So all that shared, it will take 3-5 business days upon request of the loan to see it in your checking account.  You’ll need to provide the insurance company with a voided check if they don’t have a checking account on record for you.  Also, I strongly recommend setting up a monthly draft for the policy loan repayment for at the least same amount you were sending the car finance company.  It's important to be an honest banker with our own money.  Please refer to the Grocery Store analogy in the Nelson Nash's book Becoming Your Own Banker.  I can help explain the analogy further if you like.

If I can assist with anything I’ve explained here, please let me know.  You can reach me here:

Thank you,