Category: Economic Trends

Section 7702 Changes: Is Whole Life Insurance Still A Good Savings Vehicle?

By now, advisors in the industry are well aware that the life insurance industry is going through changes. The end of 2020 introduced recent changes to Section 7702 of the tax code, which hasn’t been touched in decades. While we’ve read mixed interpretations, we’re looking at the whole truth. The truth is, first and foremost, that whole life insurance is an incredibly certain asset. Insurance companies have always met guarantees and have a more than century-long track record of paying non-guaranteed dividends. Even through world wars, recessions, and the Great

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How to Demonstrate the Laffer Curve in Cash Flow

Is it possible to reduce taxes by lowering the tax rate? Let’s talk about the Laffer Curve. This theory, posited by Alfred Laffer during the Reagan Era of tax reduction, may hold more water than you’d think. This is a great exercise for webinars where you’re helping clients understand taxes better (and why they should seek to save on that tax bill as much as possible). What is the Laffer Curve? The Laffer Curve theory, as Investopedia explains, is the theory that as tax rates increase, people become dis-incentivized to

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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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Tackling Fear (And Taxes): 4 Steps to Controlling Your Mindset

There’s a lot going on this season that can feel overwhelming—not only is there fear and anxiety surrounding COVID-19, but we’re seeing a tumultuous stock market. AND it’s tax season.  With fear on the minds of many, it’s important to assuage that fear wherever possible. We’ll use tax season as an example since it hits close to home: The home office deduction. To this day, there are still accountants that will encourage entrepreneurs not to take the home office deduction—usually because they’re worried that it will raise red flags.  The

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The Fallacy of Free

Every single thing we do requires an exchange–of time, of energy, of money. Nothing in this world is free. Now more than ever, people seem to be on the lookout for how to get the most while spending the least. There’s a common belief, perpetuated by marketing, that it’s possible to receive a maximum return for a minimal exchange. What gets left out, or forgotten, is that everything has a cost, even if that cost isn’t cash. Is Anything Really Free? The “fallacy of free” persists on the notion that

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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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