Testing a Theory: Will Large-Scale Retirement of 401(k) Owners Affect the Stock Market?

The rumor mill is swirling with the notion that stock market is due for a crash any time now. As difficult as the market can be to predict, is the rumor really far off the mark? If you look at past data, recessions are a natural part of the economic cycle…and even the longest economic expansion only lasted 10 years. The ten year mark for our current expansion is fast approaching, and the warning signs are starting to pop up. We’re not endorsing a crash, but preparation for events like

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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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Truth Tip, Saving Asset Flow Files

Asset Flow is one of those awesome and mind-boggling calculators that truly does it all. That’s why we love to talk about what it can accomplish. One fantastic feature is that it plays well with our other calculators. It’s important to note, however, that there is a trick to saving it with another calculator in one file. If you have already saved Asset Flow, keep it open when pulling another calculator up. For example, if the Real Estate Calculator is open, ensure that Asset Flow is also open. Otherwise, when

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Truth Tip, Using Two Screens

Did you know there’s a function in the Truth Concepts software that creates more fluidity if you’re using two screens? The power of two screens is amazing—we hope you’re taking advantage of the productivity boost. And if you’re anything like Todd, you’re even using three or more screens. Two screens are especially useful if you enjoy pulling up multiple calculators and spreading them out. Typically, it can take extra effort when you’re ready to move back to one screen, but we’ve made it simple. At the bottom of the “Tools” drop-down

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Automobile Purchases and Opportunity Cost

Have you ever tried explaining a concept like opportunity cost to a client that just doesn’t click? Chances are, the answer is yes. As financial professionals, it’s easy to fall into a routine because we understand the principles. For a client, however, this could be their FIRST introduction to a concept. So how do you demonstrate a concept in a way your client can understand? Our last post discussed opportunity costs, and why the concept is crucial to your client’s finances. The difficulty lies in the education of opportunity costs—it

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