Advisors: Is Your Website Mobile-Friendly?

(A note from Kate Phillips, our marketing coach): Over the last few months, Google has been warning webmasters and SEO (search engine optimization) marketers that websites need to be “mobile-friendly” in this smart-phone age. In a nutshell: Older website technology such as flash, too-tiny text and pages that aren’t appropriately formatted (or adjustable) for smaller devices are “out,” and websites designed to be compatible with iphones, windows phones and android smartphones are “in.” Why it matters: Beginning April 21st, mobile-friendly websites will begin receiving priority ranking on Google. What this

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The Stock Market: A Bubble About to Burst?

Is Disaster Inevitable for Stock Market Investors? I ran across an interesting article recently on Forbes.com by economic analyst Jesse Colombo with some controversial and thought-provoking research on the matter. While many people are speculating (logically) that the stock market bull run can’t last forever, according to Colombo, the problem is potentially much worse than the possibility of a minor market correction. Laying out his case (which many charts and graphs to illustrate) in “Disaster is Inevitable When the Two-Decade-Old Stock Bubble Bursts,” Colombo argues that the stock market has

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Kim Butler on Prosperity Economics and Truth Concepts

Top Producing Advisor and Todd’s Truth Training partner (and wife) Kim Butler recently sat down to discuss Prosperity Economics in this series of five short videos. Hosted by Steve Savant of Let’s Get Down to Business, they had some lively discussions! Steve calls Kim an “articulate contrarian” and “controversial author” and explores why Kim considers herself a “recovering Certified Financial Planner.” What’s wrong with “typical” financial planning? As Kim explains, the many assumptions that must be made by planners and their clients can give clients with a false peace of

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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.”

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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 more so on what we are grateful for, we wanted to use our blog to put the spotlight on one of “the greats” in our industry: Norman Baker. We are truly fortunate

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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, “Want More Clients? Effective Personal Branding for Advisors.” You’ve done all the training. You’ve got all the right credentials. You stay current in your field. You are legitimately an

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Truth Concepts on YouTube.com

New Truth Concepts Client Presentations! We’ve been busy loading up our Truth Concepts YouTube channel  with videos for you! Now there are 15 videos featuring Todd Langford and/or Truth Concepts software. The YouTube channel houses our Truth Concepts, Truth Concepts Academy, and Summit videos, as well as several presentation videos and  Banking for Life excerpts and outtakes with Todd Langford. Eight of the newer videos are from a client event at a local insurance brokerage. We recorded and “screen captured” Todd’s presentations and divided it up by topic. (FYI, Todd’s

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“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 replace with ‘taxpayers.’ ” “#1 job of a life insurance company is to be profitable.” “FDIC money doesn’t actually exist.” “Carriers ‘earmark’ interest up front.” “Banking is simply doing the same as all other retail – they are

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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 their savings and investments – in the manner to which they’ve become accustomed – for another 20, 30, even 40 years. We know that for most Americans, the math

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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 steps usually fail to leave instructions for their loved ones about dozens of seemingly small, but essential details. When a personal emergency strikes, few people know what to actually DO in

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Do PUAs Grow Less Efficient Over Time?

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 concerned, the PUAs are converted to cash value right away, which increases the efficiency of the policy overall.

However, after 5-7 years of funding a whole life policy, the impact of the PUAs appears to lessen. Illustrations of a policy funded with maximum PUAs vs. no PUAs at all show that, several years into the policy, the PUAs no longer have a dramatic affect on the internal rate of return of the policy.

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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.  

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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.

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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.  

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The Whole Truth on Equity Indexed Universal Life Part II

The Whole Truth about EIUL Part II By Todd Langford   Go here for Part One of this blog post: https://truthconcepts.com/the-top-10-reasons-not-to-buy-equity-indexed-universal-life One of the major problems with the agents and the companies that sell EIUL (Equity Indexed Universal Life, which is what it was originally called) or IUL (Indexed Universal Life, which is what the industry is now calling it to avoid SEC scrutiny) is the gross negligence in conveying the risks to the clients. All one has to do is carefully read the full insurance illustration or proposal to

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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 box and we’re putting in10,000 ayear into it for 30 years at the end of the time frame we’re going to

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Truth Tip Loan Analysis Calculator

On the Loan Analysis calculator, you can title each of the loans (in addition to changing the title on the title bar) by right clicking on “loan 1” or “loan 2” and typing in 30 year mortgage and 15 year mortgage etc.

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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 second year, the fund earned -50% (that is a negative 50%) and so now your investment looks like this: While your

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The Top 10 Reasons NOT to BUY Equity Indexed Universal Life

By Todd Langford, www.truthconcepts.com Mt. Enterprise,Texas   The Whole Truth about Indexed Universal Life, Part 1 Why not sell (or buy) IUL/EIUL? How is it different from Whole Life? Insurance companies have put numerous pages on the front of Equity Indexed Universal Life (EIUL) illustrations that describe the issues below, but most people (by design) will not take the time to read and understand what these pages are saying.  I would encourage you to read those pages thoroughly before depending on an EIUL policy to increase your assets or protect your

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