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Truth Tip, Qualified Plan

To get spread sheet detail, turn on “term ins. and emp. cost” button. (This works whether or not you have term insurance or employee costs that you wish to add.) Close anytime (top left corner of spreadsheet) and to view again, click button again and then “inputs.”… Continue Reading

With Gratitude – Remembering Norman Baker

With Gratitude – Remembering Norman Baker
“Computers are smart but they have no imagination.” – Norman Baker It’s been just over 6 years since we lost Norman Baker unexpectedly at the age of 73. Norman was a truly great financial advisor, our partner in “telling the whole truth about money”, the co-founder of Truth Concepts, and our friend. This month as we focus even mor… Continue Reading

Want More clients? Effective Personal Branding for Advisors

Want More clients?  Effective Personal Branding for Advisors
Rahna Barthelmess is an expert in branding and personal branding and today’s guest blogger. She is celebrating the launch of her new book, Your Branding Edge: How Personal Branding Can Turbocharge Your Career with a virtual blog tour, and we are happy to host her.  Personal branding can help you get more clients more quickly, as Rahna shares in this post, “Wan… Continue Reading

“Truth Quotes”

“Truth Quotes”
We had the privilege of conducting a Truth Training in Salt Lake City hosted by Paradigm Life. Jay Gentry of Chandler Advisors, LLC compiled his favorite quotes from the training. (Thanks Jay!) We hope you’ll enjoy (and maybe even repeat) some of these “Truth Quotes”:   “Eliminate ‘government’ from our vocabulary and replacContinue Reading

Truth Concepts Free Trial Offer

Truth Concepts Free Trial Offer
Enjoy a free ten-day trial of Truth Concepts™ software. Download Truth Concepts™ to demo the software by downloading our software from our support page. You’ll have full use of the complete software for ten days. You can watch the tutorials, follow along examples in the blog, participate in an online training, and even get personalized help from Todd and ot… Continue Reading

Truth Concepts is Busting the Retirement Lies!

Truth Concepts is Busting the Retirement Lies!
When you think about it, isn’t the concept of retirement just ABSURD!? It’s absurd to think that making a growing segment of our population LESS productive (through forced or expected retirements), that there will somehow be more for everyone. It’s absurd for 95% of Americans to believe they can work and save for 40 years, then expect to live off of t… Continue Reading

Are Your Clients READY for the Unexpected?

Are Your Clients READY for the Unexpected?
You work hard to prepare your clients financially, with insurance policies, savings, investments, education, and more. You may assume – along with your clients – that a life insurance policy, a will, and a durable power of attorney constitute “preparedness.” But those are just part of the puzzle. The fact is that even the people who have taken such st… Continue Reading

Do PUAs Grow Less Efficient Over Time?

Do PUAs Grow Less Efficient Over Time?
Do PUAs Grow Less Efficient Over Time? Should Clients Buy New Policies to Better Utilize PUAs? As you know, in the early months and years of a whole life policy, the PUAs are more efficient than the base premium as far as generating cash value for the policy. While the base premium alone can take years to generate a positive internal rate of return where cash value is concern… Continue Reading

Who comes to Truth Training?

Who comes to Truth Training?
Last week we hosted another Truth Training at the Houston Intercontinental Airport Marriott, and we had an extremely diverse group! While most attendees are insurance agents and/or financial advisors, this group of 25 attendees also included: a representative from the Penumbra Fund – comprised of life settlements – that many of Kim’s clients (… Continue Reading

Truth Tip, Tax Chart

In the upper middle of the Income Tax Chart is the “Federal Income Tax / Gross Income %”  Since this is mathematically correct but not technically accurate, you can click on it to hide. The reason it is not technically accurate is that our income tax does not change up or down based on averages but instead on last dollar earned or marginal rates.  … Continue Reading

Truth Tip, Amortization Schedule

For an Amortization Schedule on the Loan Analysis Calculator, you can switch the “Period Number” to “Start Date” by clicking on it and then your amortization schedule will have payments dates on it which you can adjust based on when you want the first payment to be.… Continue Reading

Truth Tip, Loan Analysis

On the Loan Analysis Calculator, if you want to show skipping a payment on the loan payback, go the the middle and click the “compare” button, then you skip payments or change them on the blue lines.  … Continue Reading

Borrowing Calculator Tutorial 9m 43s Transcript

So let’s look at something a little different here, and let’s go to the borrowing strategy, here if we take the borrowing strategy and let’s look out over 30 years, no present value dollars, let’s put in 10,000 dollar a year. Okay, so what we see over this time is $300,000   so let’s start with understanding the shoe box for just a minute and if we have this shoe b… Continue Reading

Average Does Not Equal Actual

Average Rates of Return are often touted by financial experts, and yet simple math can show us that Average does not equal Actual. Pretend that you invested $100,000 into a mutual fund that had promised an average rate of return of 25% if you left the money alone for 2 years. In the first year it earned 100%. After the first year, the investment would look like this: In the s… Continue Reading

Using the Loan Analysis Calculator to show difference between a 15 and a 30 year mortgage payment if applied to PUA.

How do we show what the difference between a 15 and a 30-year mortgage payment would look like if applied to a PUA (paid up addition) on a life insurance policy?   Using the Loan Analysis Calculator we can see that when the savings rate and loan rate are the same, the gross costs of each mortgage are identical to each other when properly measured over the same time… Continue Reading