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Indexed universal life, or IUL, is a type of life insurance policy that provides both a death benefit and a cash value component. The funds that are within the policy’s cash value differ from those in a whole life insurance policy, or even from a regular universal life insurance policy because the return with an IUL policy is tracked based on the performance of an underlying market index. One of the more popular index options is the S&P 500. (The policyholder may also be able to choose more than one index to track, depending on the insurance carrier and the policy).

When the underlying index performs well in a given year, then the cash value is credited with a positive return – usually up to a “cap” that is set by the insurance company. If, however, the underlying index performs poorly in a given year, the policyholder will not lose value in the account, but will simply be credited with a 0% for that period. There is also an option to place the policy’s cash value funds into a fixed account. Read More