Lots of opinions in this thread.
Lots of speculated ideas on what else to do too.
1) - is Whole Life "expensive"? It depends on your definition of the word "expensive". Buying a home is "expensive", but that doesn't stop most people from doing so.
Whole life has a higher required minimum premium compared to term insurance... so in that sense, it is "expensive". However, with guarantees, and with guaranteed cash value build-up and decent dividend performance, it can be a great way to accumulate money.
2) Why not a SEP/IRA/401k? Well... that primarily depends on if you have employees or not, and how much you would want to contribute to their plan balances too.
3) Why not a Roth IRA? We don't know your income levels. After you hit a certain level of income, you become ineligible for a Roth IRA contribution. BTW
, the taxation rules on permanent life insurance and a Roth IRA are virtually identical with far less IRS regulation in the permanent life policy.
Here's the thing with life insurance though: The younger you are when you get it, the better it will perform if you keep it long enough. You don't know what the future will hold for you, so buying life insurance early is a good LIFELONG strategy.
If it were me, based on the info in this thread, I'd buy this policy as a "key man" policy for your business and use your business checkbook to pay for it. It can be a decent line of credit, if and when you need it - to help you expand your business, make payroll, etc.
, a $300k face amount isn't much. He definitely didn't take into account your full economic life value - unless you omitted any term life insurance recommendations from your post.
Looks like he's trying to maximize the cash accumulation within a smaller death benefit, without adding the additional expense (and conversion options) of a term policy.