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Mechanics of Policy Loans by Robert P. Murphy

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014
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Mechanics of Policy Loans by Robert P. Murphy


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Why IBC Works

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
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FAQ’s For The Infinite Banking Concept AKA 770 Account

Sunday, January 19th, 2014
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F.A.Q.’s For The Infinite Banking Concept

 AKA 770 Account


1. How Much Income Do I Need To Have To Get Started?


The Infinite Banking Concept/”770 Account” can be utilized for individuals and families of nearly all income ranges.  That said, the more discretionary income you have (money left over all expenses have been paid), the more successful you will be with this strategy. Remember, it’s not how much you make, it’s how much of it you keep.


Traditionally, the Infinite Banking Concept (IBC) has been a strategy for the wealthy because there are no rules or restrictions limiting the amount of contributions like with a 401k/IRA.


 2. What is the purpose of the Infinite Banking Concept/770 Account?


At the end of the day, the Infinite Banking/770 Account strategy is about re-directing money that you would otherwise send to banks and instead put that cash flow back into your own private banking system. All families would benefit from putting their savings where it could grow uninterrupted for life instead of having to stop and start when life throws a curve ball.   (In more simpler terms, this strategy is tax-favored savings account with a death benefit attached to it.  I encourage you to think far beyond opening a 770 Account if you going to use just as a better savings account. Money in motion has far greater value than idle money. Hint: Think like a banker!)


Taking back the banking function you have given to your bank is a novel concept for everyone.  Why?  A lack of financial education has lead us to believe that banks are not only a safe place for money, but the source of financing to get us through life.  Outside of a checking account, there is no reason you should ever deal with a bank!


One of the best long-term benefits of the 770 Account/IBC is the tax-free death benefit which can help improve a families wealth class from one generation to the next. Without this generational transfer, most families are left no better off than their previous generation. The short-term benefits are tax-favored contractual growth and liquidity. Everyone can and should have access to such benefits.

3. How much does it cost to get started?


There is no upfront out-of-pocket fee to work with the 770 Account/IBC Authorized Advisor unless an advisor charges a fee. My company, JLM Wealth Strategies, does not charge a fee for design or implementation and instead is paid a commission by the financial institution the advisor chooses for the strategy.


The commission is based on the annual base premium which for a 770 Account/IBC policy is typically a 50-70% reduction in commission compared to financial professionals who offer a Whole Life contract without the proper design.  The correct design will allow you to accelerate the cash values from day 1 by reducing the commission of the advisor and re-directing that money back to your account.


It pays to work with an advisor who can not only teach you how Infinite Banking works to protect, grow and transfer wealth, but also who is not concerned about fattening their wallet at your expense.

4. What is the minimum needed to open a 770 Account/IBC contract? What is the maximum?


The minimum is approximately $250 per month.  We have clients who are putting well over $100,000 a year into their contracts.


These answers varies depending on the savings, cash flow, and assets of each person. It can be customized to fit your individual needs and wants.


5. Can the policy be canceled without penalty?


Yes, if you have the correct type of contract.  The only type of cash value life insurance policy that does not carry a surrender charge period is a Whole Life policy. Universal policies typically have a surrender period of 10 years or longer resulting in a surrender penalty if the contract is canceled before the surrender period ends.



6. Isn’t Whole Life more expensive than Term and Universal Life?

A 770 Account/IBC policy compared to a traditional Whole Life policy sold to the public has a much lower annual base premium.  This design minimizes the death benefit and, therefore, the cost of insurance inside the contract.  Not only is the death benefit minimized but the premium is guaranteed to never increase for the life of the contract.


(It is worth noting that since the death benefit is minimized, you are able to take dollars that would have otherwise supported a much higher death benefit and instead re-direct that excess money into a Paid Up Additions Rider which supercharges the cash value growth inside the contract.  This design creates the most efficient way to accumulate capital within the contract while also providing you with a lot funding flexibility.)


Term life insurance policies offer only death benefit protection for a set period of time.  There is no cash value to be accessed.  Ultimately, the lowest cost policy over the long run are not term policies. Less than 2% of all term policies pay a death benefit.


All universal contracts contain a term “chassis”.  Essentially, you are buying renewable 1 year term insurance coverage for the rest of your life.  The cost increases with age getting exponentially more expensive as you enter your traditional retirement years.  This is increasing cost component is one of the reasons why no type of universal policy is endorsed for the 770 Account/Infinite Banking strategy.


7. What if premium payments cannot be made because of job loss? 

In the event of a job loss, premiums still need to be paid. However, since the monthly required base premium is typically 50-70% less than with a typical Whole Life contract the public buys, cash value is building from day 1.  Instead of the being the slow growth contracts financial entertainers like Dave Ramsey and Suze Orman lambast on a regular basis, a 770 Account/IBC contract has substantial cash values available to offset the inability to pay premiums in the event of a job loss for many years.


In the event of a job loss, the owner of a 770 Account/IBC contract will have 3 options to pay premiums: borrow from the available cash value, surrender death benefit, or utilize the dividend to offset payment.


Whole Life locks in the premium and guarantees that it will not rise for the life of the contract. Each year, the cash value is guaranteed to grow. With use of a Paid Up Addition’s rider, the cash values will increase at an exponential rate allowing the contract to have a cash value equal to premium outlay sooner than with a traditionally designed Whole Life policy.


8. Is a health exam required to open a 770 Account/Infinite Banking contract?


Yes. A paramedical exam must be completed for the insurance company to fully underwrite your policy.


The exam is usually takes 20 minutes and can be scheduled at the comfort of your home.

9. I have poor health. Do I have to be insured to be the owner of a policy?



You can be the owner of a life insurance policy and not be the insured. For example, a family member like a mother, father, child, grandchild, sister, and brother.

10. Is there an age limit to start a policy?


Yes, it varies on the insurance company. Typically, life insurance stops being offered by the 80th year of life. In rare cases, age 85 is the final year it can be purchased.

11. Can a 770 Account/Infinite Banking contract be owned by a trust?


Yes. We can refer estate planning attorneys who specialize in living trusts and advanced estate planning scenarios.


12. Can the 770 Account/Infinite Banking contract be split between different beneficiaries?


Yes. Also, beneficiaries can be changed in writing by the owner after the policy has been issued.


13.  Can other assets/investments be re-positioned into a 770 Account/Infinite Banking contract?


Yes.  Careful consideration must be given before the sale of any assets and investments. 770 Account/IBC policies can be designed to incorporate large inflows of premium.


14. When you pay yourself back, are you paying yourself interest?


No because you are not actually borrowing your own money when you take a policy loan.  You are borrowing against the cash value you’ve built up in your 770 Account/Infinite Banking contract from the portfolio of the life insurance company.  Therefore, your money stays with the life insurance company where it continues to compound for you.  (Also, it’s important to note taking a policy loan with your cash value acting as collateral is also a non-taxable event.  Plus as a policy owner, you have the ability to set your own repayment schedule.  You are the banker.)


I would also add that “paying yourself back” or “paying yourself extra interest” are simply euphemisms to help explain the benefit of paying your policy loans back quicker.  Additional “interest” you charge yourself on loan repayments will simply accelerate the pay back of the loan allowing you to re-capitalize your contract quicker.  This allows you to take additional loans concurrently or again in the future as needed.


Once your policy loan is re-paid, your entire monthly loan payment can now be directed towards the Paid Up Addition Rider of the contract.  This strategy of “charging yourself more interest” is essentially a forced savings strategy meant to harness and reinforce the habit of saving money by capturing your newly created cash-flow from the paid back loan before it can be diverted and lost forever to newly created expenses.  This is referred to by Authorized IBC Practitioners as overcoming Parkinson’s Law.



15. What is the difference between a mutual based and stock based life insurance company?


A mutual-based life insurance company is owned by its policyholders. A stock-based life insurance company is owned by shareholders and makes decisions that can benefit shareholders before policyholders.


Only a mutual based life insurance company is recommended for the 770 Account/Infinite Banking Concept.




16. What is the difference between a non-direct recognition vs. direct recognition dividends?


A non-direct recognition dividend is unaffected by an outstanding loan. A direct recognition dividend is can be reduced if a policyholder has an outstanding loan.


The amount of the reduced dividend reduction varies by insurance company and can be different each year.


17. Does your money grow faster with one large policy or multiple policies?

The compounding effect of large numbers favors larger numbers. That being said multiple policies create a pool of money. When all aggregated together this pool of money will compound annually in the same manner as one large policy.


Start funding your banking system by what you can afford to save comfortably. You can add more policies later health permitting. Should health be an issue, you can look at being the owner of a policy on someone you have an insurable interest in.


18. I am considering a 529 college savings vehicle for my child. Are there any advantages to starting a 770 Account/Infinite Banking contract instead?


Absolutely, yes!


First, giving your child the gift of life insurance locks in their insurability for life. With more children being diagnosed with autism, Children’s Diabetes, and other heartbreaking illnesses, you have the ability to lock in a child’s policy while healthy giving them more financial options later in life.


Second, the money saved in a 770 Account/Infinite Banking contract is protected from stock market loss. An IBC policy provides contractual guarantees and predictable growth every year. 529 accounts will fluctuate based on the performance of mutual funds offering no such guarantees.


Third, if your child decides to use the money for something other than higher education, the money in a 529 account will be taxed AND penalized. The cash value in a life insurance policy can be used tax-free no matter what the funds are used for. Never underestimate flexibility.


Fourth, unlike a 529 account, a life insurance policy is not considered an asset under the financial aid formula colleges use thereby allowing your student to potentially qualify for more grants or aid offered by universities.


Finally, giving your child the gift of controlling their financial future by the time they are a young adult will be absolutely priceless.  Imagine if you could have had the benefit eliminating banks from your life at an early age?


19. Why didn’t I start this sooner?


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20.  How Do I Get Started or Open A 770 Account?


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The Very Secret 770 Account That Sounds Too Good To Be True (But Isn’t)

Saturday, December 21st, 2013
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The Very Secret “770 Account”


So about that “770 Account” you’ve been hearing about…


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Before I get started on the 770 Account, I want to share with you another little money secret.  It’s called a “401” account.  It has no guarantees except that you can and will lose money when the market tanks and eventually you will have to pay taxes on it whether you have a gain or not.


Still interested?


It gets even dicier. Your money in this 401 account is in most cases illiquid until after age 59.5 and you have to pay fees on the account (even hidden fees that you know nothing about) for life to Wall Street whether they make you money or not.


Can you guess what it is?!?


If you follow the mainstream financial media you likely have one of these 401k accounts.  You also buy term insurance thinking Whole Life is expensive and have been led to believe permanent life insurance is a waste of money.


Madison Avenue and Wall Street know that if you hear the same thing for long enough, you’ll actually believe it’s true. Those fat cats are pretty clever, aren’t they?


In my honest opinion, only an unwitting person completely unaware of a better option would park their money with Uncle Sam and Wall Street in a retirement account lockbox called a 401k because one entity will tax you for life and the other will bleed your account dry while you take all the risk.


If that’s appealing to you, please proceed with your regularly scheduled programming…


The only people getting wealthy from mutual funds & 401k’s are the financiers on Wall Street!  


My apologies (sort of) for poking fun at the 401k which the majority of Americans use to fund their retirement.  My point in leading off with it is to point out that a “secret” financial strategy like the 770 Account isn’t really much of a secret because it’s actually been around for over 150 years.  Depending on how old you are, your grandparents probably had one!  They certainly didn’t have a 401k and they were smart enough to not trust the banks.


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One important difference between the 770 Account and the 401k account is that you’re only familiar with the latter.


The 770 Account is the alternative retirement account that you either have never heard of it before or, if you have, chances are you are most likely misinformed or have yet to be properly educated about the strategy.  (The first giveaway is that you’re calling it the 770 Account!)


I can pretty much guarantee you don’t understand this proven wealth strategy because the life insurance industry doesn’t even teach this strategy.  In fact, it’s still so obscure that it’s now being called the 770 Account by a newsletter putting a new spin on old registered trademark and people are none the wiser.


And if those in the life insurance industry don’t know the in’s and out’s of this financial strategy  (sadly,the majority of advisors use the wrong type of contract), I’m absolutely positive the traditional government approved Wall Street advisor knows next to nothing except what they might have heard about it in conversation from a client asking them to open an account for them.  So for the lay person, knowledge about the 770 Account is even more obscure, if that’s even possible…


The bottom line is this, the 770 Account is very much a secret if you call it by that name.  Lately I’ve been seeing videos on the internet for a secret investment that of course sounds too good to be true.  It’s called the “770 Account” or “the Presidential Account” but it’s best known as the Infinite Banking Concept® (or IBC for short) which is the original trademark and the trusted source behind this strategy.


For those that already think they know what the Infinite Banking Concept is about, I’m going to stop you in your tracks.  Infinite Banking is more than a Whole Life contract which is simply a product that combines a tax-favored savings component under IRS code 7702 (get it?) with a death benefit to boot.


Brace Yourself…


The 770 Account is REAL and BY FAR the best place to park cash for use over one’s life because it’s actually safer, 100% liquid, and more predictable than any other type of wealth accumulating strategy that exists.


Just try not to call it the 770 Account because that’s a clever new name some folks at the Palm Beach Newsletter have given it after they did their own very thorough research.  I’ll admit the new name is catchy.  So much so that I even refer to it as such when people call or message me asking for more information but at the end of the day, remember that it’s original name is Infinite Banking.  And even more important, please remember this key detail:


The Infinite Banking Concept® is the only strategy by which you can eliminate uncertainty (Wall Street), usury (bank financing), and taxes (the IRS) from your life forever.


What could be better than the 770 Account (Infinite Banking)?!?


Answer this riddle and you will know:  It’s more powerful than God. It’s more evil than the Devil. The poor have it. The rich need it. If you eat it you will die.   (Answer below.)


This is what the 770 Account visually looks like (click to enlarge):

770 Account Banking Process

Money must reside somewhere. Grow it, keep it, and pass it on!


As an IBC Practitioner, I teach this strategy in my practice and I’ve seen the impact it has had in my clients lives.  The “770 Account” is the mother of all foundations for wealth building. Why? Because it can give birth to new investments without opportunity cost.  Your money is always working for you even when you deploy it somewhere else!


Educate yourself by doing your own research about the Infinite Banking Concept.


Don’t believe the online jokers on message boards who know nothing about Whole Life contracts.  This includes the typical Wall Street advisor paid to sell you mutual funds or the lay person who only buys term because they’ve never learned how wealthy people accumulate tax-favored money in these accounts using very specific riders to turbo charge the cash values.


For a better understanding of how the 770 Account works, talk to an IBC Practitioner who can teach you the concept.  You can verify my affiliation with the Infinite Banking Institute by clicking here:   Best of all, you won’t have to pay a monthly subscription to a newsletter for learning how you can get started with your 770 account.


…and the answer to that riddle above: nothing.


And by the way, the most common lament I hear from people once they learn the truth about the 770 Account/IBC is that they wish they would have known about this decades ago.  (Just heard it again this morning from a 64 year old gentleman wanting to get started and is two years from retirement.  If this sounds similar to your situation, a different version of the 770 Account is your best bet.  Ask me about it.)


Do yourself a favor and get in touch to request a free Infinite Banking personalized solution today.  Until you see what your plan will look like, you’ll never truly know how much wealth you’re giving away.


You’ll thank yourself later (and your kids and grandkids will, too).

Grow Wealth Early & Often


John A. Montoya
JLM Wealth Strategies, Inc.
(925) 386-6639 Office
Bank On Yourself™ Authorized Advisor
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How Much Does It Cost To Get Started?

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
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How Much Does It Cost To Get Started?

By John Montoya

June 15, 2010

This is probably the most common question I get asked after sharing with people how they can bypass the traditional banking system and create a banking system they can own and control, and therefore generate profits from a lifetime of financing. The answer is really simple. However, in order from someone to really understand the concept of Infinite Banking, I answer their question with a question so they can begin to wrap their mind around the concept. Here’s what I ask:

“How much does it cost you to save money now?”

It’s a pretty straight forward question but I never get the most obvious answer. The cost is really $0. For example, if you save $250 every month, there is nothing spent there. It certainly requires discipline to save money, but there’s no cost involved. According today’s article in the L.A. Times, there is $5.06 trillion dollars sitting in passport savings and money market accounts earning closing to 0%. That’s really quite astonishing on many levels.

The reason why our savings rate is increasing is because people are scared about losing money. I think a certain level of paranoia or call it caution, is a good thing considering the amount of risk people were willing to stomach in the past decade in order to chase rate of return. Being weary of losing money means people are being more rational about the risk/rewards of investing. If people start to take a greater interest on the return OF their money versus the return ON their money, I think this “lost” decade won’t have been for nothing. However, some could argue, and perhaps rightly so, that having so much money currently sitting on the sidelines is an extreme over reaction to the volatility the stock market has been experiencing since late 2008.

Whatever the case may be, people are saving money and I mean really saving money the old fashioned way. I don’t mean “investing to save” which is what most people do with their 401k/IRA contributions. True investing means that money is at risk of loss or has the potential for gain. Saving is simply socking away money which you know will be there when you need it. So many of us have been hypnotized into believing that money we put into our 401k/IRA’s is our savings, but there’s a reason why government statistics do not include qualified retirement contributions as part of their savings statistics. I believe it’s because this 401k/IRA money could be here today and gone tomorrow which we all know can happen with stock market investments no matter how savvy an investor one may be. Here today and gone tomorrow hardly implies savings you can count on when you need it.

So what has it cost the American public to save $5.06 trillion dollars; money deposited into accounts with the confidence it will be liquid should it be needed? The answer is nothing. Every dollar of that $5.06 trillion dollars is liquid and available for withdrawal.

It works the same way when you own and control your own banking system. It costs you nothing because ultimately what you will have funded the banking system with will include every dollar you saved. Furthermore, the longer you have the banking system, the more profitable it will become.

So what are the next most frequently asked questions?

“It sounds too good to be true. There has to be a negative or more people would be doing it. Why aren’t more people doing this and what are the downfalls, if any, to implementing this strategy?”

Stay tuned as I will answer this for you as well.

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Use the Infinite Banking Concept® To Grow Wealthy and Eliminate Uncertainty & Usury Forever

Thursday, September 10th, 2009
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Learn more about the Infinite Banking Concept® by watching the videos below!

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IBC (Infinite Banking Concept) also known as Bank On Yourself® under a different trademark has been one of the best financial secrets for decades.


It’s a fundamentally sound philosophy that frees you from the Wall Street/Banking system that holds everyone captive for life.  Best of all, it’s surprisingly simple to implement.


The Infinite Banking Concept® has numerous benefits, including the fact that it’s a private non-qualified plan, it’s tax-favored under IRS tax code 7702, it’s protected from lawsuits, and it safely grows your money even when you decide to deploy it somewhere else!


In short, the Infinite Banking Concept® is like having your own bank. You can access money from it anytime you want. You can spend your money however you like and you can pay yourself back whenever you want.


You’ll never have to pay interest to another financial institution again.

No more credit checks.

No more loan applications.

No more sleepless nights wondering if your retirement plan is on the right track.


When you consider how much money the average person “throws away” by paying interest and fees to banks, credit card companies, and other finance companies, you can see that the ability to use your IBC policy as your own financial system is a benefit that could easily be worth several hundred thousand dollars over the course of a lifetime.


Kelly’s Infinite Banking Success Story directed by Doug Orchard

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NBA Hall of Famer, Rick Barry from Plugged In Productions on Be Your Own Banker.

John A Montoya, Founder of JLM Wealth Strategies began his career in financial services in 1998, and is one of only 200 financial advisors in the country who have successfully completed the training program required to become a Bank On Yourself® Authorized Advisor.  John also is an IBC Practitioner with the Infinite Banking Institute and holds a B.A. from the University of San Diego. In 2013, John co-authored the best-seller The Secret to Lifetime Financial Security.  For more information about the Infinite Banking Concept®/Bank on Yourself®, please visit and enter John’s advisor code: JM66.

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