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American Savings Life Insurance Company (ASLIC or American Savings) is an Arizona based life insurance company that offers life insurance and annuity products within Arizona[2] and Utah.
Contents

1 History and Business Model
2 Investment Strategy
3 Products
3.1 Grand Slam Life Insurance Retirement Plan
3.1.1 Grand Slam Calculator
3.1.2 Dividends
3.2 Premier Series Fixed Deferred Annuity Product
3.2.1 Differences
3.3 The Youth Life Plan
4 Current Performance
5 BBB Rating
6 References
7 External links

History and Business Model

American Savings Life Insurance Company, or ASLIC, was founded in 1954 by Frihoff N. Allen, a long-time life insurance salesman. He believed there were two main problems with many large life insurance companies: (1) they had bloated or unnecessary expenses and (2) they had many "hands in the pie." These two factors resulted in the benefits paid out of each policy sale becoming watered down for the customer. Allen became determined to create a life insurance company with a business model of operating very lean, without layers of management and expensive overhead, and then passing those savings on to the customer through better products. Today, current management of ASLIC maintains this same business model. Evidence of this is shown in both ASLIC's financial statements [3] through low operating expenses and high profit margins as well as the current life insurance and annuity products being sold today.[4]
Investment Strategy

Since 1954, ASLIC's investment strategy has remained the same by investing the majority of the company assets in real estate loans. The majority of the initial capital Frihoff N. Allen invested to start ASLIC was real estate mortgages he had personally made. His personal experience in real estate mortgages developed into the core of ASLIC's investment strategy. Due to the company's profitable experience with this investment model, ASLIC continues to provide real estate loans as its primary investment class, with typically 75 to 80 percent of total assets invested in real estate loans.

The real estate loans that ASLIC invests in are not the typical loans in which most life insurer's choose to invest. They are not mortgage backed securities, nor are they originated by a third party mortgage company. They are not conforming loans with low interest rates that are 80 to 100 percent of the property value like many other Banks and Lenders. Instead, ASLIC lends its money in a traditional fashion. ASLIC originates its loans in-house through its lending arm, American Life Financial (or ALF). An ASLIC employee personally inspects every property ASLIC loans on. It personally meets every borrower and verifies the borrower's ability to make the loan payments. Most importantly, ASLIC only loans, on average, fifty percent of a conservative current market value for the property. By only loaning about half of a property's value, ASLIC requires the borrower to have substantial equity in the property. As a result, ASLIC believes this is the reason for their time-proven low foreclosure rates. Furthermore, when ASLIC incurs a foreclosure, it actually makes a profit by being able to sell the property for more than what was owed resulting in positive financial gains.

This niche real estate loan product that American Savings has beem making for several decades has proven to be a very safe investment vehicle. These loans, which ASLIC has trademarked as "Not So Hard Money" are also very profitable. The weighted average interest rate on ASLIC's loan portfolio over the ten year period from 2000 through 2009 has been 11.50%. With ASLIC's 50+ year history of making these niche loans and the low foreclosure rate they have had, it has proven to be a very favorable risk-adjusted rate of return.

ASLIC is able to charge about 11.5% interest on their "Not So Hard Money" loans because their loans are considered non-conforming loans. Typically, either the real estate securing the loan or the borrower (or both) are unable to qualify for a conforming loan with a bank. Oftentimes American Savings' borrowers are business persons who have profitable business but do not fit the conforming loan criteria. ASLIC's "Not So Hard Money" loans are designed to fill the niche between conforming bank loans and private money or hard money loans. ASLIC fills the niche by charging lower interest rates, lower loan origination costs, and longer loan terms than typical hard money loans.
Products
Grand Slam Life Insurance Retirement Plan
Grand Slam Life Insurance Plan
Grand Slam Life Insurance Plan[4]

American Savings specializes in both life insurance and annuities products. It also offers commercial real estate loans through its lending arm, American Life Financial.
Grand Slam Calculator

American Savings provides a calculator[5] on their website to assist in calculating various investment options. This calculator shows projected values for any age and any premium.
Dividends

The Grand Slam Annuity product provides three options for annual dividends to be paid out: have the dividends paid directly to the policy holder, have them applied to the premium, or have it applied to increase the policy's coverage.
Premier Series Fixed Deferred Annuity Product
Premier Series Fixed Annuities
Premier Series Fixed Annuities[6]

The Premier Series Fixed Annuities are a set of three annuity products with similar benefits regarding interest rates, tax-deferred cash accumulation and probate.

This product has fluctuating interest (declared annually) rates between the first year and the remaining years. There are options for early withdrawal with associating fees.
Differences

There are three types of Premier Series products: Premier Series 7 with a 7 year surrender charge, the Premier Series 5 with a 5 year surrender charge, and the Premier Series 3 with a 3 year surrender charge. The interest rates for the different products also vary.
The Youth Life Plan
Grand Slam Life Insurance Plan
The Youth Life Plan

The Youth Life Plan is a product that is focused more toward younger persons. Benefits vary depending on the age of the person. There are options with possible fees for canceling the policy early.
Current Performance

American Savings Life Insurance Company is a life and disability insurer that has been focusing on domestic products since April 22, 1954.[7]

The National Association of Insurance Commissioners, or NAIC, reports that as of December 31, 2008, American Savings Life Insurance Company's direct premiums earned were $267,140, total assets were $21,980,096, and liabilities were $9,753,792.[8]
BBB Rating

American Savings has an A+ BBB Rating,[9] and has been a BBB Accredited business since October 2008.
References

^ a b c d 2010 Annual Report

^ Search for American Savings Life on the Arizona Department of Insurance

website
^ American Savings Life Insurance Company's financial profile

^ a b Grand Slam Life Insurance Plan

website
^ Grand Slam Annuity Calculator

^ Premier Series Fixed Annuities

website
^ Arizona Department of Insurance

^ National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC); search for American Savings Life Insurance Co. 2008 Financial Report

^ BBB Report

on American Savings

External links

American Savings Life Insurance Company's corporate Web site

American Life Financial's corporate Web site

Youth Plan online appliction

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