Category: Financial Concepts

How to Build Trust and Make Sales

Dan Sullivan of Strategic Coach recently posted on LinkedIn:  “My definition of selling is two-fold. The First part is that you intellectually engage the person you’re selling to with a future desirable result, something that would be an improvement or achievement in their life. And it’s not what you want for them—it’s what they want for themselves.  The second part is that you then enable them to emotionally commit to that goal and then to courageously take action to move forward and achieve the goal. And if you do both

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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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License to Buy vs. Permission to Spend

In the financial industry, and in Truth Training specifically, there are two concepts with similar names that we often discuss. The first is the “License to Buy” idea, and the second is “Permission to Spend.”  Both are important topics, both result from whole life insurance strategies, and we must understand both so that we can help our clients. What is a “License to Buy”? Whole life insurance, as a savings vehicle, provides benefits beyond that of your typical savings account. Not only is the cash value account liquid—it provides growth

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Todd Quotes, Part 4

As we wrap up the first Truth Training of 2021, and the last one in the current Paradigm Life building (they’re moving locations), it feels fitting to add another round of quotes. We’re fortunate to work with some of the brightest minds in the business, and we love sharing nuggets for those minds who could not attend. Or those who could and want to review! Unless otherwise noted, quotes are from Todd. Quotes on Truth “We all want to be right. If you’re really seeking Truth, you have to be willing

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Retirement: How 87 is the New 65

How much do you really know about retirement? It’s commonly practiced throughout the world that, at a certain age, it’s time to leave the workforce. Yet do you know why it exists, or how it came to be? And does retirement as we perceive it even work anymore?  The Beginning of Retirement as We Know It The roots of modern retirement can be traced back to 1881, and Otto Von Bismarck. The Prussian prime minister posited an idea—government-backed support for the older members of society. This was a radical idea

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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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