Creating Your List – Things to Talk About With Your Clients in 2015

It happens to all of us. We go to a wonderful conference; we see a great webinar; we read an important article – and then we plan to change the conversation with referral sources and clients. So, when the inevitable challenges of our personal and professional reality comes in, we end up singing the same old songs of wealth, estate tax, financial, and asset protection planning – thinking months later, where did the change in conversation go? Successful practitioners explain to us that the way their practice found stability and growth was through finding planning that they could execute on,…

An Evidence-Based Approach to Investing

Download Printable Article By Jason Oshins, Financial Advisor, MBA Evidence-based medicine is defined as “the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.”[1] If possible, wouldn’t it be prudent to approach investing similarly? Wouldn’t it make sense to apply the concepts developed by Nobel Laureates? Well, you can. Philosopher Alfred A. Montapert famously said, “Do not confuse motion and progress.” Motion also creates the illusion of control. An excellent example of this is in the investment world.   Wall Street perpetuates the notion that successful investing requires stock picking and market…

Our Top 10 Best Articles on Financial & Life Insurance Planning

As part of our December 2014 Newsletter, we are featuring a special “Best Of” issue.  Below, you will find a list of our Top 10 Articles on Financial & Life Insurance Planning.  These articles are written by a variety of financial and estate planning professionals, as noted below. Some Magical Aspects of Life Insurance by Jonathan G. Blattmachr & Matthew D. Blattmachr Insurance as the Key Ingredient of the “New” Estate Planning Summary of a Live Presentation by Martin M. Shenkman, J.D., CPA/PFS, MBA, AEP (Distinguished) Life Insurance from the Estate Planning Attorney’s Viewpoint by Steven J. Oshins, J.D., AEP…

Stock Market Forecast

By E. Dryden Pence III, CPM®, AIF®, LPL Registered Principal, CIO Pence Wealth Management Securities and Advisory Services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. | Volume 2, Issue 5 (May 2014) Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of periodic market watch articles provided by E. Dryden Pence III, whose investment advisory firm Pence Wealth Management has been recognized as one of the top in the United States byBarron’s, Forbes and The London Financial Times. Bottom Line Up Front: We think the US stocks are currently in a secular bull market—meaning it has legs, not in months but years….

Where is the Stock Market Headed?

By E. Dryden Pence III, CPM®, AIF®, LPL Registered Principal, CIO Pence Wealth Management Securities and Advisory Services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. | Volume 2, Issue 4 (April 2014) Editor’s Note: This is one in a series of periodic market watch articles provided by E. Dryden Pence III, whose investment advisory firm Pence Wealth Management has been recognized as one of the top in the United States by Barron’s, Forbes and The London Financial Times. Bottom Line Up Front We are positive for 2014. We think the economy will continue to improve consistently. We believe the market is a…

The End of the Great Migration Into Bonds (Part 3 of 3)

Allocation Risk Budgeting for Equities By Jeffrey Dunham, Financial Advisor | Volume 2, Issue 3 (March 2014) This is the final installment of The End of the Great Migration into BondsSM article series. In January, we began the series with a discussion about a turnkey marketing campaign that provides FINRA-reviewed sales and marketing tools designed to allow financial advisors to focus on the vast amount of assets currently held in bonds. Last month, we examined “Allocation Risk Budgeting for Income”, which is a way to show your prospects and referrals how you might manage the risk they are taking within their fixed income…

The End of the Great Migration Into Bonds (Part 2 of 3)

Allocation Risk Budgeting for Income Overview By Jeffrey Dunham, Financial Advisor | Volume 2, Issue 2 (February 2014) As The End of the Great Migration into BondsSM continues, fixed income investors may experience detrimental consequences to their bond investments as interest rates rise. For investors who depend on the distributions from their bond funds, the challenge will be maintaining a proper level of income while providing relative protection of their principal. In last month’s issue of The Ultimate Estate Planner’s newsletter, we introduced you to a turnkey marketing campaign designed to allow financial advisors to focus on the vast assets currently held in…

The End of the Great Migration Into Bonds (Part 1 of 3)

A Once in 30-Year Opportunity to Build Your Practice in 2014 By Jeffrey Dunham, Financial Advisor | Volume 2, Issue 1 (January 2014) As The End of the Great Migration into BondsSM continues, it is presenting financial advisors with a unique opportunity to build their practice while simultaneously helping investors avoid a destruction of wealth that we feel may rival the 2008/2009 financial crisis. This opportunity exists because of two very simple yet crucial facts. The recognition of these facts can be the difference between a financial advisor having an average year or making 2014 a career year. First, is the vast…

Phil Kavesh to Present at the AVIVA 2013 Sales Expo in Arizona

Today, our President, Philip J. Kavesh, is in Arizona for AVIVA USA’s Sales Expo 2013 speaking on the topic, “The Top 22 Overlooked Uses of Life Insurance in 2013” before a select group of AVIVA’s finest brokers and agents. According to Phil, they’ve made some pretty big announcements here and there are some exciting things coming to AVIVA in 2014! Thanks again AVIVA for this wonderful opportunity to help educate your agents!

PLR Opens Door to Post-Death Exchanges of Non-Qualified Annuities Tax-Free!

By Robert S. Keebler, CPA, MST, AEP (Distinguished) & Michael E. Kitces, MSFS, MTAX, CFP®, CLU, ChFC, RHU, REBC, CASL IRC § 1035 generally allows taxpayers to make a tax-free exchange of one annuity for another better suited to the taxpayer’s needs. Until recently, however, this benefit was not available to taxpayers who inherited non-qualified annuities. Such taxpayers were stuck with the annuity selected by the decedent no matter how unfavorable it may have been for them. Recently issued PLR 201330016 now gives a green light to tax-free exchanges of such annuities, however, provided that certain requirements are satisfied.  This…