and See the Other Point from Clark Howard:
Are you considering selling your life insurance policy to score some quick cash? The world of death futures contracts (aka viaticals or life settlements) is fraught with dangers.
Comments are very controversial: from excitement to rejection. Till today, most of discussions were about the personal life insurance settelement, and if it is a good idea to settle with third party company? Some people can't accept that a hedge fund "will own money on their head" so they never will agree to settle their life insurance. For them is better to surrender it to the insurance company if there is a cash value. If no cash value is accumulated, forget it? When they needed, they had it in place and that is.
For others, here is a freedom of choice and they will think differently and would like to consider life insurance settlement. It is an option this lately developing second market offering. As much you are older and sicker, as more money you'll need and be able to collect from a settlement. But how much?
NAIFA abou it
"NAIFA Blog: But a life settlement is part of a STOLI transaction, isn’t it? How can NAIFA oppose STOLI but not oppose life settlements?
Gary: Yes, a life settlement is a key part of many STOLI transactions. But the critical factor in terms of determining whether a settlement is a legitimate life settlement is whether the life insurance policy that is being settled was initially purchased for a legitimate insurance purpose.
NAIFA Blog: OK, but what do you mean when you say “a legitimate insurance purpose”?
Gary: Good question. The crucial factor is whether all the rules were followed from the start, including the existence of an insurable interest at the time the policy is issued. In a typical life settlement, the policy was purchased for its intended use—to protect family members or a small business from the risk of a premature death. But after the policy is purchased, something changes in the life of the policy owner which leads her to decide that the policy is no longer needed. This could be the death of the intended beneficiary, divorce or the need for immediate cash to due to an illness or other loss. In such cases, the policy owner may decide to sell the policy to a third party. NAIFA is NOT trying to enact laws that prevent or restrict such transactions where the policy was acquired in good faith.
NAIFA Blog: Got it. But how is STOLI different?
Gary: In a STOLI transaction, the sole purpose for purchasing the underlying insurance policy is to sell it to investors—who are strangers to the insured and do not have an insurable interest in the insured’s life—after the policy’s contestability period expires. STOLI transactions are a way to get around the requirement that someone can’t take out a policy on another person’s life unless the owner has an insurable interest in the insured."