Seniors look to life insurance for fast cash

Selling policy may be wiser than reverse mortgage

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More and more senior citizens are seeking ways to make their leisure years more comfortable — or simply to make ends meet. Many are looking to liquidate or tap at least a portion of an asset that historically has gone untouched.

For example, two seniors asked recently if it were preferable to take a life settlement on their life insurance policy or to pursue a reverse mortgage. The answer depends on a variety of individual preferences, plus a person’s age, health, policy value, estate needs, home value and future housing needs.