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My sister and I just lost our dad and we are expecting life insurance 50 k policy. I want to know best way to get my 25000. Is it best to get it in one lump sum or in an interest bearing account? which way will earn me the best interest? Pleae advise on my options ty

Dear Cari,

The best answer depends on whether you are more interested in accessibility or best rate of return, and whether you are interested in safety.

Personally, I prefer that there be no risk of loss of principal. So, that eliminates mutual funds and variable annuities. Below I am listing your options, along with their charateristics:

1. bank checking account: greatest accessibility, no interest;
2. passbook account: next greatest, less than 1% interest;
3. bank Certificate of Deposit, less than 2%,
4. traditional Fixed Annuities, current yield approximately 2.5%, but access limited in early years and subject to Federal premature distribution penalties;
5. newer Fixed Indexed Annuities, gained determined by upward movement of various stock market indeces (S&P 500, DJIA, Russell 2000, NASDAQ), potentially greater yield than the traditional Fixed Annuities, but there is no certainty of gain, only guarantee of no loss of principal.

The annuities have the advantage of deferral of taxation of the interest until withdrawn.

$25,000 is not a lot of money, and the temptation is to blow it. I don't think your Dad would have hoped that you would do that. I suggest that you put $5,000 in your checking account for immediate availability. Beyond that, use your best judgment based on the above information.

For more information on life insurance and savings, e-mail me at for a copy of 'Life Insurance and Retirement - the Unvarnished Truth.'

Willard R. Brumbaugh, LUTCF
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I can handle questions concerning life insurance, it`s tax implications, how to determine what is appropriate, and how it fits in one`s estate and retirement planning.


For 2 1/2 years I was an expert on, where for most of that time I was ranked #1. I have been a moderator (instructor) for the Life Underwriters Training Council. I have been licensed since 1969. Organizations I belong to: National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors - California and the Inland Empire Estate Planning Council. I hold the professional designation of Life Underwriters Training Council Fellow.

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