Cash Value Life Insurance

As a robust picture of a client's profile emerges, be sure to add all the appropriate forms of insurance coverage associated with the client, co-client, and any children. Permanent Life Insurance Information can be entered on the Net Worth screen by using the Add Account > Insurance dropdown menu.

This information can be used within the client's plan and the various screens under the Insurance section. All insurance premiums will be added to the client's expenses in the cash flow section. Cash value of life insurance policies can also be tracked in the cash flow section under the account tab. Cash Value is considered part of the tax-free assets in the Investment > Tax Allocation screen.

To understand the Insurance tab within RightCapital, click here.

Adding Cash Value Life Insurance to a financial plan


In the Profile > Net Worth Area, use the Add Account > Insurance dropdown menu to select one of the Permanent Life Insurance options.


Users can then fill out the necessary details to show death benefits, premiums, fees and cash value distributions within the future cash flows.

Key Terms

Death Benefit: The amount paid to the beneficiary when the insured person passes away.

Owner: The person who owns the insurance policy.

Premiums: An annual amount paid for an insurance policy.

Insured: The person whose life is insured.

Beneficiary: Person who collects the death benefit when the insured person passes away.

Cash Value: The accumulated value of a permanent life insurance policy.

Cash Value Approach: This selection has three options that determine how premiums, loans, cash value, and net death benefit are projected into the future. These are detailed below the Key Terms list.

Crediting Rate: The annual growth of the cash value.

Annual Fees: The fee percentage that reduces the annual crediting rate.

Loan Rate: This rate determines the increase in loan balance each year.

Distribution: This setting has two choices as well as a start and stop year.
  1. Tax Free Loan: Loan taken against a permanent life insurance policy's cash value which can be paid back or subtracted from the death benefit.
  2. Full Surrender: The amount of money an insurer will pay to the policyholder if the insurance contract is voluntarily terminated before it reaches maturity. When Full surrender is selected you will see a new field appear to enter cost basis for the policy. The cost basis will be added to premiums that take place before the starting year to determine the total basis. This total basis will be used to calculate the taxation of income inflows associated with surrendering the policy.
Death Benefit Option: This setting determines how the death benefit is calculated. The two options are face amount or face amount plus cash value. The second option will increase the death benefit by the cash value at the end of the insured client's life.

Cash Value Approach

There are three different options for projecting cash value insurance, which can be chosen in the “Cash value approach” drop-down box within the card:

Not Included: The cash value will not grow over time. Users can still customize tax free loan and full surrender options.
Simple Growth – This option allows the user to enter basic parameters to do a simple projection of the cash value over time. Users can enter a crediting rate, annual fee percentage and a loan rate. We will use these in combination with the current death benefit, current cash value, and any tax free loans entered to project the cash value and net death benefit over time. You can see the projected values in the insurance card by clicking the ‘View’ button as seen in the screenshot below.
Things to know about the Simple Growth projection
  • Premiums increase the cash value by the amount of the premium

  • Cash value grows at a rate of (Crediting rate – Annual fee) each year

  • Loans are treated as income and a loan balance is tracked

  • The loan balance increases each year by the Loan rate

  • The net death benefit paid is reduced by the loan balance

Use Illustration – This option allows the user to customize premiums, loans, cash value, and net death benefits each year by clicking "edit" detailed schedule. When viewing a detailed schedule, the quick fill button allows users to populate information with one of three options easily.
  1. Use simple growth will populate the cash value with a simple growth projection based on the cash value, crediting rate, and annual fee % entered when using the ‘Simple growth’ cash value approach.
  2. Interpolate will automatically populate all $0 inputs between beginning and ending values listed in the detailed schedule. This feature saves time and helps to populate insurance premiums, loan income, cash value & death benefit.
    For example, if users enter $100,000 in year 2020 and $200,000 in year 2030, the system will set the 2021 value to $110,000, the 2022 value to $120,000, etc. until all inputs are filled through 2030.
  3. Clear all will reset all detailed schedule values to $0.

The customized rules for calculating cash value and death benefits allow users to match client’s in-force illustration. The exact values entered in the system will be used in the projection.


The two options can be combined by first generating a ‘Simple growth’ projection, and then switching to ‘Use illustration’ to manually adjust some of the numbers generated by the projection.

Tracking Distributions and Cash Value in Cash Flows

The Insurance Cash Value amount can be tracked in the Retirement> Cash Flows> Accounts Tab. The "ending balance by account" dropdown selection will allow the user to see the cash value in each calendar year as seen in the screenshot below.

Life Insurance Distributions: Income from "tax free loans" and "full surrender" distribution options can be viewed in the Retirement > Cash Flows > Summary Tab under the "Other Inflows" column as seen in the screenshot below.
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