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VUL-nerable No More: Unwinding Variable Universal Life Insurance for Doctors

VUL-nerable No More: Unwinding Variable Universal Life Insurance for Doctors

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Do you remember that guy? You know, the friendly insurance agent you met when you were a resident? That was back when you thought everybody was as honest and well-intentioned as doctors are. And that was at a time when you and your family were vulnerable not only to the whims of fate but the advances of greedy life insurance agents, too. They should have sold you a load of inexpensive term life insurance. Instead, they shook the tax stick at you and made you believe variable universal life insurance (VUL) was the way to go.


Now you know better.


In this episode of the Physician Family Financial Advisors podcast, Nate and Ben walk you step-by-step through how to correct this mistake without leaving your family exposed to the peril of premature death or the payment of unnecessary taxes. And if you somehow sidestepped this land mine during your residency, please forward this to a friend who might be trying to figure out how to protect their family.


  • [2:55] Why do people buy Variable Universal Life Insurance? 
  • [4:15] What are other ways to get similar benefits? 
  • [6:22] Why is Variable Universal Life Insurance a lousy way to get these benefits?
  • [8:00] Why do insurance people talk physicians into these things? 
  • [9:20] What is the best way to unwind Variable Universal Life Insurance? 
  • [10:25] Step 1: Make sure you’re covered. 
  • [16:14] Step 2: Get rid of Variable Universal Life Insurance - How do you avoid or minimize the tax bill? 
  • [17:35] What is the difference between cash value and cash surrender value?
  • [21:20] What is a 10-35 Exchange? 
  • [21:47] What is an Annuity? 
  • [24:23] What are other good options besides Variable Universal Life Insurance?
  • [26:13] The reality of a Variable Universal Life Insurance policy. 



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