Life Insurance

Life insurance refers to a specified amount of capital—the death benefit—that is paid to beneficiaries upon the death of the policyholder. There are many different forms of life insurance including term life, whole life and universal life. Term life is arguably the most basic form of life insurance and is intended to provide financial protection through income replacement in the event of the premature death of the policyholder. There are also many different uses of life insurance such as income replacement, estate planning and tax planning.

An Interview with Peter Nakada of RMS

Peter Nakada is a Managing Director, capital markets at Risk Management Solutions (RMS).  We had a chance to speak to Peter about...

The Case for Mutual Insurance Companies

The best interests of financial services consumers are much better aligned with a mutual insurance company than a stock insurance company.

Mutual insurance companies are owned by policyholders. Owners of an insurance contract issued by a mutual company are both customers and owners of the insurance company.

Stock-based insurance companies are owned by shareholders, so their focus is divided between customers and shareholders.

Mutual insurance companies are a form of cooperative where individuals voluntarily associate to form an organization that serves the mutual...

The Best Time to Buy an Annuity Depends on Mortality

A basic life annuity makes payments when the annuity owner is alive.   

In this sense, an annuity is the reverse of life...

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3.87 Percent Inflation Increase for Penn Mutual Variable Annuity

The Penn Mutual Inflation Protector variable annuity was launched in November 2010. This variable annuity product incorporates a living benefit feature and is designed to provide owners with an income base that keeps pace with the rate of inflation. The income base of the Penn Mutual Inflation Protector increases based upon the greater of: The rate of inflation as measured by the consumer price index urban (CPI-U), or; Annual market performance. The inflation increases are capped at a maximum...
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