Potentially Increase Equity Yield by up to +150bps

Wrapping your current equity funds in ICOLI can increase your yield.

Insurance company owned life insurance (ICOLI) is an investment strategy that insurance companies commonly use to wrap their on-balance sheet investments. Wrapping investments – often the same investments they already hold – in ICOLI makes the investment gains tax-free, allows for tax free rebalancing and reduces the associated risk-based capital charges. The result is more yield and more efficient use of investment capital.

Three ways to improve yield on assets with ICOLI:

  1. Tax advantages of ICOLI. Simply wrapping your existing equity fund produces an annual yield enhancement of up to +150 bps.
  2. Rebalancing is not a taxable event. Some products have hundreds of funds to choose from. No more holding an asset just because of tax consequences.
  3. Less capital reserving enables you to make a more efficient use of your invested capital.


If you would like to explore how ICOLI yield enhancement can affect your company’s portfolio return, please reach out or schedule a call via this link.


Erik Speed
Associate Principal
(818) 292-7206



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Variable Universal Life insurance combines the protection and tax advantages of life insurance with the investment potential of a comprehensive selection of variable investment options. The insurance component provides death benefit coverage and the variable component gives you the flexibility to potentially increase the policy’s cash value.

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