What is Indexed Universal Life Insurance
My Choice IUL®
As you plan for the future, a wide range of options are available. IRAs, 401(k)s, savings accounts, mutual funds, CDs … the list goes on, and the options can be confusing. If taking care of your loved ones and building your best financial future top your list, our indexed universal life insurance (IUL) can help you work toward both these goals. Indexed universal life insurance protects your loved ones while providing the opportunity to build cash value.
My Choice IUL offers two ways to grow cash value: a fixed account, which earns a competitive, current interest rate; and an indexed account that earns interest linked to the performance of the S&P 500® Index1.
Flexibility to Fit Your Life
This indexed universal life insurance also provides flexibility in timing and amount of payments2. That means if you get a raise, receive a tax refund or reach a point in your life where you have more available income, you can add more funds to your account3.
How My Choice IUL Works
Let My Choice Work for You
The WoodmenLife My Choice IUL meets you where you are in your life. Whether you’re just beginning to plan for the future, close to retirement or past your working years, we’ve designed this product to help you meet your goals4. My Choice IUL can accumulate cash value over time, so funds may be available to cover a financial emergency or supplement your retirement income5.
Leave Something Behind
My Choice IUL can pay a death benefit to the people and/or organizations you love. You can choose a face amount starting at $25,000. When you’re gone, your beneficiaries will receive the death benefit.
The money you leave behind can help make a big difference in the lives of those that mean the most to you. This could be your spouse continuing to afford the life you live now, your children being able to take care of your funeral costs and debts or your church making improvements to their building.
Set Aside Money to Grow
My Choice IUL lets you choose how you’ll grow tax-deferred cash value over time. Two account types are available: an indexed account and a fixed account. You have the option to grow your funds in either or a combination of both. You also have the option to transfer these funds from one account to the other.
Your indexed account will be credited, linked to the performance of the S&P 500® Index (excluding dividends) over a specific time period, up to a maximum cap rate. This gives you the ability to take advantage of an up market. If you prefer a more conservative approach to growing cash value, the fixed account could be right for you. Your account will earn interest at a competitive current interest rate that will never be lower than the minimum guaranteed interest rate. The fixed account may be outperformed by the indexed account in up markets, but provides an opportunity for steady, stable growth.
Access Funds When Needed
My Choice IUL offers the potential to accumulate cash value that you can access when you need it most. The growth to your cash value, especially if you make contributions above your minimum required premium, could become a source of tax-deferred money in your retirement years.
Your cash value is available through a partial surrender or loan5.
If you need to withdraw money from your My Choice IUL, you can request a partial surrender of your certificate’s cash value. This amount is income tax-free up to the amount you have paid into your certificate8. However, the available amount may be impacted by cost of insurance and any riders. You never have to repay the withdrawn amount, but it will reduce the cash value and death benefit of your certificate.
Another way to access cash from your My Choice IUL is by taking out a loan against your cash value. The loaned amount may be tax-free, but it will be charged interest. You can choose to pay back the loan, or the loan amount will be paid through a decrease in your death benefit.
Customize Your My Choice IUL
Connect with WoodmenLife
To learn more about purchasing our life insurance or retirement products, fill out the Get a Quote form or search for your local Representative. Your Representative will contact you to prepare a customized plan that best meets your specific needs and budget.
IUL is not an investment. It is a life insurance policy product that provides growth potential through index interest crediting. You cannot invest directly in an index.
Paying less may reduce your cash value and affect the period your certificate stays in force.
Subject to IRS limitations.
The IUL product is not intended to serve as a primary source for retirement, pension income or deferral of taxable income.
Loans and withdrawals will reduce the policy’s death benefit and available cash value. A loan, withdrawal or surrender may be a taxable event. For tax advice, consult with your professional tax advisor. Excessive loans or withdrawals may cause the policy to lapse.
Death benefit proceeds from a life insurance policy are generally not included in the gross income of the taxpayer/beneficiary (Internal Revenue Code Section 101(a)(1)). There are certain exceptions to this general rule including policies that were transferred for valuable consideration (IRC §101(a)(2)). This information should not be construed as tax or legal advice. Consult with your tax or legal professional for details and guidelines specific to your situation.
Guarantees are backed by the claims-paying ability of WoodmenLife.
There may be tax implications for policies recognized as modified endowment contracts (MECs). Distributions, including loans, from a MEC are taxable to the extent of the gain in a policy, and may also be subject to a 10% additional tax if the owner is under age 59½. Excessive loans or withdrawals may cause the policy to lapse. Loans and withdrawals will reduce the policy’s death benefit and available cash value. A loan, withdrawal or surrender may be a taxable event. For tax advice, consult with your professional tax advisor.
All contractual provisions apply and may vary by state. Benefit payments may affect eligibility for public assistance programs. Certain eligibility and age requirements apply. This rider is not long term care insurance, nor is it intended to replace long term care insurance. Not available in CA or NY.
Universal Life insurance products contain fees, such as mortality and expense charges (which may increase over time), and may contain restrictions, such as surrender periods. This certificate could lose money. WoodmenLife will provide notification if the guaranteed monthly deductions and interests are expected to exhaust the plan’s cash values prior to the maturity date. This certificate is not guaranteed to stay in force until maturity based on minimum guarantees.
All products may not be available in all states.
Flexible Premiums Adjustable Indexed Life Certificates ICC18 8730 4-18, 8730 4-18 (XX). Rider Forms: ICC18 8731 4-18, 8731 4-18 (XX), 257 6-10 (XX), O-257 6-10 (XX).
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