VUL Optimizer® Max life insurance

Provides a tax-free retirement income through a prepackaged variable universal life strategy

For policyholders who are ready to live life to the max, VUL Optimizer® Max provides a tax-free retirement income strategy and provides a prepackaged variable universal life (VUL) strategy that:

  • Dramatically simplifies and shortens the entire associated process and experience to 48 hours, from beginning to end.
  • Doesn't require labs, exams or attending physicians statement (APS).
  • Provides a death benefit and allows flexible access to potentially tax-free income through policy loans and withdrawals1, and tax-deferred growth.
  • Offers more than 85 investment options to choose from including index, asset allocation, equity and fixed income portfolios as well as our innovative Market Stabilizer Option® II Indexed Options, which can help when the markets are volatile.

So your policyholders can help maximize their time in retirement!

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Cash value life insurance flyer
Tax-Efficient Retirement Income

Discover the benefits of using a 7702 cash value life insurance to manage tax brackets in retirement

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Managing Your Tax Bracket

Using life insurance to protect against tax rate ups and downs

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Asset Location Client Brochure

Help clients understand about the placement of assets in taxable, tax-deferred and tax-free accounts with the goal of minimizing taxes

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Roth IRA Alternatives
Roth IRA Alternative

See how cash value life insurance has many of the same benefits as a Roth IRA

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Why choose VUL Optimizer® Max?

VUL Optimizer® has investment risk including the possible loss of principal invested.

A variable universal life insurance contract is a contract with the primary purpose of providing a death benefit. It is also a long term financial investment that can also allow potential accumulation of assets through customized, professionally managed investment portfolios. These portfolios are closely managed in order to satisfy stated investment objectives. There are fees and charges associated with variable life insurance contracts including mortality and risk charges, administrative fees, investment management fees, surrender charges and charges for optional riders.


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1. Under current federal tax rules, your clients generally may take income-tax-free partial withdrawals under a life insurance policy that is not a modified endowment contract (MEC), up to your clients basis in the contract. Additional amounts are includible in income. The IRS places a limit on how much money can go into life insurance premiums for the policy and how quickly such premiums can be paid in order for the policy to retail all of its tax benefits. If certain limits are exceeded, a MEC results. MEC policyholders may be subject to taxes on distributions on an income-first basis, that is, to the extend there is gain in their policies, and penalties, and penalties on any taxable amount if they are not age 59 1/2 or older. Policy loans and withdrawals will reduce the face amount and cash value of the policy. Clients may need to fund higher premiums in later years to keep the policy from lapsing.

2. Tax Alpha is a method by which an investor is able to, throughout his/her life, allocate funds to various asset location wrappers, to better enable them to manage, and ultimately minimize/hedge, their ongoing tax bill in retirement.

The VUL Optimizer® Max is a VUL Optimizer® policy with a standard plus underwriting class. VUL Optimizer® Max allows for potential insureds, ages 20 -55, to qualify for a standard plus underwriting class without labs, exams or an attending physicians statement (APS) when the requested face amount is no greater that $2,000,000 and planned annualized premium requirements are met in the first 5 policy years. Traditional VUL Optimizer® underwriting that may require additional items or information such as labs, exams and an APS is also available which may result in a better or worse underwriting class.

VUL Optimizer® Max may not be available in all jurisdictions. Some states may vary the terms and conditions.

VUL Optimizer® Max is a VUL Optimizer® policy with a standard plus underwriting class and is referred to as VUL Optimizer®. VUL Optimizer® is a flexible premium variable life insurance policy issued in New York and Puerto Rico by Equitable Financial Life Insurance Company (Equitable), New York, NY; and in all other jurisdictions by Equitable Financial Life Insurance Company of America (Equitable America), an Arizona Stock Corporation; and is distributed by Equitable Advisors, LLC (member FINRA, SIPC) (Equitable Financial Advisors in MI and TN) and Equitable Distributors, LLC, 1290 Avenue of Americas, New York, NY 10104. Equitable America is not licensed to conduct business in New York and Puerto Rico. When sold by New York state-based (i.e., domiciled) financial professionals, VUL Optimizer® is issued by Equitable Financial Life Insurance Company (New York, NY). Equitable and Equitable America are separate companies, and each insurance company has sole responsibility for its life insurance obligations. 

VUL Optimizer® is sold by prospectus only that contains complete information on investment objective, fees charges and expenses. Clients should read the prospectus carefully before investing or sending money. Visit this page for the current prospectus.

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GE-5082083.1 (03/2023) (Exp. 12/2024)