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Borrowing From NJ Life Insurance


If you have a life insurance policy, you may not have to ask for a bank loan if you need money to start a business, pay for college, or even just maintain your current lifestyle. Borrowing from your life insurance is an example of how to pull from life insurance. Whole or universal life policies, also known as cash value life insurance, provides additional death benefit protection. It has a cash value you can borrow against, making it easier to get a loan. This is because you do not need to get a collateral as your policy is deemed one. The borrowing process is also easy because you are basically borrowing from yourself. Besides providing additional death benefit protection, life insurance can also be used to finance other financial needs. With a cash value component, it is a low-cost financing option.

How to Borrow Money From Your Life Insurance Policies?

Even though you can take out loans against permanent life insurance policies, you cannot do so against term life insurance policies. Term life insurance policies do not have cash value accounts, so the borrowers cannot borrow money from their insurance provider. This is one of the advantages of purchasing permanent life insurance over term life. A term life insurance policy's death benefit protection is only one financial consideration, as it only covers the insured's estate if the person dies during the term. Also, a permanent life insurance policy has various important values, such as the life insurance face value, the death benefit, and the cash value. A portion of the permanent life insurance premium is used to pay the death benefit, and the cash value account can be used to build wealth over time. A cash value is a separate account from saving, which can allow you to remove money when needed.

One of the most common myths about this type of insurance is that the cash value can increase the death benefit. However, this is not the case with most permanent life insurance policies because the cash value of the different types of permanent life insurance policy have varying growth rates. For example, with a variable universal life policy you can invest money in the stock market while a standard universal life policy can grow based on the legal current interest rate. The cash value of life insurance policies usually takes several years to reach sufficient levels to loan money.

It is advisable to know that you will only be able to loan on your policy if there is enough cash value on it to cover the loan amount. Also, if you fail to make timely payments on a loan, the interest on the borrowed money may be taken out of the policy's death benefit before it is paid to your beneficiaries.

When You Should Borrow From Your Life Insurance Policy:

If you have poor credit or are denied a bank loan, you may be better off taking out a life insurance policy instead. This type of loan can provide you with the funds that your bank would not be able to provide. It can also help you pay off higher-interest debts, as the interest rate on these types of loans is typically lower than that of credit cards or bank loans.

Potential benefits of surrendering your policy include:

  • Unlike bank loans, life insurance policies do not require a credit check. This type of loan can be ideal for people with poor credit, as it can provide them with the funds they cannot able to obtain from a bank
  • Your policy will only be used as collateral for a loan; if the borrower fails to make the payments on time, their house will be sold. The worst-case scenario is that the life insurance policy will suddenly expire, which would be a more attractive option
  • A widow in her 70s with financially independent children may find that a life insurance policy is more valuable than leaving money to their heirs

How a Life Insurance Loan Works

Policy loans can be categorized into two forms:

  • Direct loans
  • Indirect automatic premium loans.


Direct loans are typically used to borrow money from yourself, and the policy's cash value component is regarded as collateral. This means you do not have to pay taxes on the money you borrow. However, the insurance company will charge interest on the loan:

  • Interest in advance: An insurance company will charge interest on a loan for the entire year if it is taken out at the start of the year. If the loan is taken out in the middle of the year, the interest will be charged for the remaining period of the policy year the loan is taken out.
  • Interest in arrears: An insurance company will charge interest on the loan at the end of its policy year. The interest on a loan accumulates daily. Making a loan repayment in the middle of a policy year can reduce the daily interest amount. It also lowers the interest due at the close of the year.

Life insurance policies can have variable or fixed interest rates. You know how much you will pay each year with fixed interest rates. However, you can expect to see changes yearly with variable interest rates. Your policy's annual statement and premium notices will explain the variable interest rate.


This allows the insurance company to use the cash value of your life insurance policy to pay your level premiums. Unfortunately, many consumers do not understand the implications of automatic premium loans. These types of loans can accumulate for years without you knowing about them. Interest charges are usually charged at unfavorable rates, which can accumulate quickly and negatively affect the policy's cash value.

How is a Life Insurance Loan Paid Back?

Life insurance policy loans do not have a specific repayment period. Interest accumulates quickly, which can have negative consequences if you keep the funds for an indefinite amount. Paying the loan back on time can help minimize these risks. You can pay back a loan in the following ways:

  • Cash: To maximize the value of your life insurance policy, you should regularly pay cash. This method can increase the policy's death benefit and the account's value.
  • Policy value: If the policy's costs are reduced and the cash value is more than enough to cover the reduced expenses, a loan can be made with excess cash value. However, this method can trigger a taxable event if the loan amount exceeds the policy's cost/tax basis.
  • Death benefit: If the loan balance is still outstanding after you die, the policy will automatically deduct the loan balance from the death benefit. This method is more likely to be beneficial than paying cash due to the lower tax rate.

What Happens If You Are Unable to Pay Back The Life Insurance Loan?

An interest rate will continue to compound and accumulate irrespective of if you maintain your loan balance for a long time or you fail to make payment when due on the loan. It is important to know that if the amount you borrow on your policy exceeds the policy's cash value, it could cause the policy to lapse. Also, the full amount of the loan will become taxable as income. This is because the loan balance will not be taxed as capital gains but will be taxed instead at ordinary income rates. If you pass before you pay back your loan, your insurance provider will take the loan balance and the accumulated interest from your death benefit

Pros of borrowing from your life insurance:

  • Borrowing from life insurance does not require you to meet various requirements unlike other types of loan that require minimum income, employment verification, and credit checks. This makes it easier for you to access the loan amount you need when you need it.
  • Life insurance does not require you to put other assets at risk by using them as collateral. This means that it is easy to borrow from your policy's cash value.
  • You can pay off your loan whenever you want. However, you have to ensure that you pay your premiums promptly to keep your policy's coverage intact.
  • You can use the money for whatever you want.
  • The cash value of your life insurance policy continues to grow as the loan is only used as collateral.

Cons of borrowing from your life insurance:

  • You must meet your insurer’s minimum cash value requirement before you can borrow from your life insurance policy.
  • The growth rate of your cash value can take years to grow enough to allow you to borrow against it.
  • The insurer sets the maximum amount of money you can borrow from your life insurance policy, which is usually less than 90% of its cash value. If you need more than the set amount you might have to consider taking out other types of loan.
  • If you take out a loan against your life insurance policy and you fail to make full payment before your death, the insurance company might deduct the amount you owe from its death benefit. This will reduce the amount that your beneficiaries receive.
  • If the amount you borrow exceeds the cash value of your policy, you policy may lapse. A policy lapse is a type of financial irregularity that occurs when you fail to make regular payments on your loan. It is important to know that when your policy lapses, the policy will stop providing coverage.
  • If you fail to make timely payments on your loan or life insurance policy, you might owe taxes on the amount borrowed.

If you have more questions about how to borrow money from life insurance, you can speak with a New Jersey-licensed life insurance agent. The agent will advise you on the implications of this type of financial transaction.

How To Borrow From Life Insurance in NJ?

You can only borrow from a life insurance policy with a cash value component. For example, if you have a universal life and whole life insurance policies, you can borrow from its cash value component. Typically, if there is enough cash value, you can use the policy as collateral.

How to borrow against life insurance? You can take loan from your life insurance policy by following the following relatively easy steps:

  • Determine if your policy is eligible for borrowing. To be able to borrow against your life insurance policy you must have a whole life, universal, variable, or variable universal life (VUL) insurance policy.
  • Inform your life insurance provider: You need to inform your insurance provider of your intention to take out a loan on your policy. In most cases, you can inform your insurer by either contacting them via phone call, email, fax or by visiting their relevant physical location. Alternatively, most insurance companies maintain an online platform that you can use to submit all necessary requests. Once your policy is eligible and you have enough cash value, your insurer can have the funds processed within a short period

It is important to know that unlike other types of loans, life insurance policies do not usually require approval. That is you can take out a loan against your policy without going through the approval process. Nonetheless, you must inform your insurance provider about your intention to take a loan out of your life insurance policy. The interest on the loan will begin to accumulate immediately, which can be lower than the rate that a bank would charge. The repayment period can also begin immediately, and the monthly payments are usually divided into installment payments.

How Much Can I Borrow From My Life Insurance Policy?

To borrow from your life insurance policy, you may need first to determine - how much is my life insurance policy worth? This will help determine how much you can borrow without lapsing your policy. A life insurance policy's value can be measured in various ways, one of which is the death benefit. You can also determine your policy’s value by contacting the company that issued it. They can give you an estimate of its value. Note that your life insurance policy's worth may differ from the death benefit amount. If you decide to sell it, you may only be able to get a fraction of its value. Once you have determined the worth of your life insurance policy and your cash value is high enough, you can get a loan from your insurance company. The amount you can borrow is typically a percentage of your cash value. Most policies allow policyholders to borrow up to 95% of their cash value. So how much can you borrow against your life insurance policy if your policy cash value is around $100,000? You can borrow up to 95,000 from your life insurance policy.

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