by Scott Hanson

While I certainly hope that no one reading this is currently involved in a fight with their life insurer over the rising costs of their universal life premiums, I know better.

Over just the last two years, tens of thousands of universal life policyholders have been hit with double-digit premium increases from companies such as Axa Equitable, Voya Financial VOYA, +1.31%  and Transamerica. More premium hikes, especially to longtime policyholders, are expected.

Universal life was invented in the 1970s and comprised 25% of life insurance policies purchased in the 1980s and 1990s. So the number of people who may eventually be impacted by steep premium hikes could number in the tens of millions.

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