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How-To: Monte Carlo Simulations in Accumulation

The Accumulation calculator has always been particularly useful in depicting how the stock market can affect your assets, but now it’s even better. A few updates ago, Todd introduced a feature that can reverse or randomize the S&P rates, so that you can more effectively show “Monte Carlo” scenarios.  If you haven’t tried it yet, I’ll show you how.  The benefits? Not only can you back up your knowledge with how the market has performed in the past—you can demonstrate how slippery it can be to rely on chance. Because

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Accumulation

Help clients discover the keys to building wealth effectively The Accumulation calculator shows the effectiveness of money growing over time while allowing for a series of variables including earnings rate, term insurance, management fees, loads, and tax structure (taxable, tax deferred, tax deductible and/or tax free.) Some ways to use the calculator: The analysis provided by the Accumulation calculator can help clients determine whether to: pay tax on the seed or harvest of their investment. buy term and invest the difference or buy whole life net the taxes and other

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Accumulation

When filling in the tax box on the right for Mutual Funds, the following guidance and definitions will be helpful.  Remember to get this tax box, the “MF?” box on the left must be checked.  This means the existing money plus any new payments will be taxed like a mutual fund.  To fill in the box, you’ll use 3 percentages that must equal 100%, for example, 20% + 30% + 50%.  Unrealized Long Term Capital Gains means the percent of the funds’ growth that “fell off the fund managers desk”

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Truth Tip Accumulation

The Accumulation Calculator shows the effectiveness of money growing (taxable, tax deferred, tax deductible and/or tax free) and it has multiple variable payment and withdrawal columns, the ability to vary the earnings rate, and to add term insurance and  other costs.  In this calculator you can create an exact copy of existing information currently in the calculator by pushing the “Duplicate” button on the top left.  PINK box means column showing but no #’s.  YELLOW box means #’s but no column showing.  BLUE box means #’s in the column and its

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Understanding the Participation Ratio in IULs

Earlier this year, we wrote about how to illustrate IUL returns in the Accumulation calculator. The reality is, IUL’s are sold as something they just aren’t—there are fewer guarantees, and a lot is still left up to risk.  Now, we have a new button that illustrates another “lesser-known” provision of an IUL policy: participation ratios/rates. The insurance company sets the participation ratio, and is non-guaranteed, which means it can change from year to year.  A participation rate controls how much dividend a policyholder will receive. For example, say the index

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Does IUL Really Offer Stock Market Returns Without Risk?

Since the IUL (Indexed Universal Life insurance) came onto the scene, it’s been sold as a way to get stock market returns without taking any of the risk. In this case, the risk in question is losses in the stock market. Companies often have a guaranteed minimum interest rate. In theory, this should make you rich, right? So how come so many IUL policies collapse? Flexible premiums are not solely to blame. In reality, guaranteed minimum interest rates have to be tempered somehow. For whole life insurance, minimums can be

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Get the Most from Truth Concepts Tools

Are you getting the most out of your Truth Concepts tools? Let’s take a tour of the tools, and how to use them to optimize the effectiveness of your illustrations. Income Tax Chart The income tax chart can be useful for several reasons. The first and most obvious use of this tool is to know which tax bracket to use for your clients. The second use is to help discuss taxes with your clients. For many, taxes are more abstract than they should be–after all, taxes aren’t in school curriculums.

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Can Socialism Save Capitalism?

Bill Ackman, chairman of Pershing Square Capital Management, recently proposed an idea to “save” capitalism. Framed as a panacea for growing disillusionment with capitalism, he recommends that every child have a sum of money invested on their behalf. The idea is that an 8% annual return should make them millionaires by retirement. So is this idea viable? Can socialism save capitalism? And is it really the best way to “encourage greater financial literacy”?  Probably not.  Financial literacy is an admirable goal, yet there are a multitude of ways to reach that end.

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Comparing Taxes: Cats and Mice

Comparison of Accounts – After Tax Contribution with Annually Taxable Growth (Savings Account, Money Market, etc.) vs After Tax Contribution With Tax Deferred Growth (After Tax-Tax Deferred IRA, Permanent Life Insurance, etc.) vs After Tax Contribution with Tax Free Growth (Roth, Municipal Bond, etc.) vs. Tax Deductible (Pre-Tax) Contributions with Tax deferred Growth (401K, Tax Deductible IRA, etc.). This can be a difficult topic to understand and, unfortunately, this confusion has led to incorrect information being spread to the consumer by the media and the financial industry. The ultimate result

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Truth Tip, Canadian Tax Charts

The latest software update includes the availability of Canadian tax charts. This new feature is available in the Tax Chart tool, Asset Flow, and Accumulation. Previously, you could only toggle between the filing status of Married or Single. Now, in the same drop-down menu, you can select a region. This functions the same way within Asset Flow and Accumulation, as it does in the Tax Chart tool.  

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Gross vs. Net Dividends: How Truth Concepts Can Help

Dividends are a tough topic—from defining a dividend, to options for receiving dividends. Dividends also work differently with whole life insurance than they do with stocks. So where do you start when working with a client? It is crucial to know the difference between gross dividends and net dividends. When mutual companies make a profit, they are required by law to distribute those profits amongst all owners. Policy owners of participating whole life insurance are considered partial owners of the life insurance company, and are therefore able to partake in the

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Prosperity Proof #4: Permanent Life Insurance Primer

Universal Life Insurance or Whole Life Insurance? Both are permanent life insurance, but they are not equal. In our fourth Prosperity Proof, we’ll let the differences speak for themselves A PROSPEROUS lifestyle is made possible by having a vehicle to store and save cash that is ALSO accessible and liquid. And that’s where permanent life insurance comes in! But just because you’ve identified that your client is ready for life insurance, doesn’t mean there aren’t some misconceptions left to tackle. Universal Life Insurance is the route that typical financial planning

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Prosperity Proof #1: Seven Principles for Prosperity

Join us for the first installment of a series of blog posts: Seven Proofs for Prosperity. Over the course of the series, we’re going to cover what it means to meet financial challenges with a prosperity mindset, and how that can help you and your clients. It all begins with our Seven Principles for Prosperity, from the Prosperity Economics Movement. Here at Truth Concepts, we look at the Truth in financial matters. Part of that Truth comes from applying principles that promote a prosperity mindset—flipping the script from scarcity and

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Life Insurance Values Tool, Importing Lafayette Life Data

Though the calculators are the meat of the Truth Concepts software, the tools included are an invaluable time-saving resource. In calculators such as Funding, Borrowing, Diversification, Accumulation, Distribution, and Asset Flow, the Life Insurance Values tool cuts the workload significantly. Rather than continually copying & pasting life insurance values, you can import life insurance illustrations directly into your calculator from previously stored data. So where does that data come from? Fortunately, there’s no initial copying & pasting at all. Instead, you can import the information straight from an insurance illustration

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Syllabus

** NOTE:  Timing of sessions and breaks are a guideline only and subject to change without notice. We suggest you attend ALL sessions to get the full value of the training! DAY 1 – Wednesday 2/15 Session 1: Financial Calculator Section 9am Mountain Time approximate start time for live stream A. Teaches agents how to use financial calculators in a way clients can see each step. B. Helps them calculate interest properly on car loans, bank loans, leases, credit cards, equipment financing and life insurance loans C. Discusses Mutual Companies and

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The Power of Liquidity: Capitalizing with Cash

(Adapted from an article originally published on Partners4Prosperity.com. Please feel free to share this page at TruthConcepts.com/power-of-liquidity with clients, or see the Content4Clients program for content marketing resources you can use for your own website.) “Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.” – Bobby Unser, Indianapolis 500 Champion Are you locking up your assets, or keeping them liquid? Do you have access to cash on demand? The answer may be influencing your prosperity more than you realize. Most investors focus on the ROI of an investment or a savings vehicle.

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Truth Tip: Comparing Taxable vs. Tax-Deferred Accounts

We received this excellent question from a Truth Concepts user this week: Q. I am trying to do a comparison between using a qualified plan and a non-qualified plan.  I understand pretty well how to use the Qualified Plan calculator, however I want to show an “apples to apples comparison” assuming everything else is equal i.e. ROR, management fee, etc., but with the client paying taxes each year on their investment gains, so that at retirement the money they have to spend is tax free. A. That will be easiest

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Cash Flow

Help your clients understand how much money an investment will generate for use The Cash Flow calculator shows the results of annual cash flows (inputs or withdrawals) at level or varying interest rates. For example: Your client’s child is eight and will attend a school you are estimating will cost $30,000 per year in 10 years. The child will graduate in four years and experience an 8% increase in tuition annually. Assuming your client earns a net 5% on his investments, how much does educating this child with cash cost

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Truth Tip, Additional Income Definition

Additional Income Definition:  “Net after taxes but before qualified plan deduction”.  For example, if someone is earning $150,000 they have $30,000 of mortgage interest deductions and $10,000 of charitable deductions, then Additional Income is $110,000 for the Qualified Plan Calculator and if they are putting $15,000 into their QP, then Additional Income is $95,000 for Accumulation and Distribution Calculator.  Another way to put this is “gross taxable income minus deductions plus qualified plan contribution”.  For example: $150,000 of gross income minus $30,000 of deductions plus $16,500 of qualified plan contribution

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Truth Tip on Distribution Calculator

When running a 41 year analysis, say from 65 to 105, yet you want a paydown for only 20 years, se the illustration period to 20, click the paydown button, then click it again (turns it off) then change your illustration period to 40 so you can see the 20 year paydown.  Then, in the Other Net Income section you could add Reverse Mortgage Income or Dividend Income from age 86 to 105.  Definition of “Additional Income” is “net after taxes but before qualified plan deduction”.  For example, if someone

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Truth Tip Definition of Additional Income

Definition of “Additional Income” is “net after taxes but before qualified plan deduction”. For example, if someone is earning $150,000 they have $30,000 of mortgage interest deductions and $10,000 of charitable deductions, then Additional Income is $110,000 for the Qualified Plan Calculator and if they are putting $15,000 into their QP, then Additional Income is $95,000 for Accumulation and Distribution Calculator.

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