Viatical Settlement

Business / Taxes / Viatical Settlement: Technically speaking, a viatical settlement occurs when the holder of a life insurance policy sells the policy to a third party before the original owner dies. Most viatical settlements involve terminally ill people with life expectancies of less than two years who choose to sell their life insurance policies to raise money for their medical care. In a viatical settlement, the third party pays the former policy owner an amount that is typically more than the surrender value of the policy, but less than the death benefit. When the insured person dies, the new policy owner collects the death benefit and makes a profit on the difference between the amount paid to the insured and the amount paid on the claim. Some businesses specialize in viatical settlements, and may resell them as investments, arrangements that are regulated by the state in which the policies are sold. Because viaticals are controversial, more complex than they seem, and have been aggressively and sometimes misleadingly marketed, both people considering selling viaticals and people considering investing in them are advised to proceed with caution.

Other Words for Settlement

Settlement Noun Synonyms: payment, defrayal, discharge, liquidation, satisfaction, settling, quittance, clearing, clearance
Settlement Verb Synonyms: colony, outpost, post, camp, community, encampment, village, hamlet
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Life Settlement

Business / Taxes / Life Settlement: If you are over age 70 and no longer need your life insurance policy, you may be able to sell it to a third party in what’s called a life settlement. You’re paid a cash amount less than the death MORE

Settlement Date

Business / Finance / Settlement Date: The date on which payment is made to settle a trade. For stocks traded on U.S. exchanges, settlement is currently three business days after the trade. For mutual funds, settlement usually occurs in th MORE

Settlement Price

Business / Finance / Settlement Price: A figure determined by the closing range that is used to calculate gains and losses in futures market accounts. Settlement prices are used to determine gains, losses, margin calls, and invoice prices MORE

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