Category: Prosperity Economics

3 Non-Financial Assets Clients Can Pass Down

Different stages of life mean different stages of financial advice. And while many advisors do a great job of educating clients on financial products and assets, there’s something to be said about the “non-financial” assets that clients can accumulate. As an advisor, speaking with your clients about their desires can go a long way in building a financial mindset beyond dollar signs. We want to take it a step further. You can help your clients live a richer life and pass down a legacy in a way that transcends money. 

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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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The Truth About Whole Life Insurance Taxation

Tax language—you’ll often hear talk about tax loopholes, tax breaks, tax shelters. All have a negative implication and show a fundamental misunderstanding of why tax advantages exist in the first place. Whole life insurance taxation is another beast altogether. With whole life insurance, I often hear people talk about how it’s tax free, which is equally misleading. While the death benefit is tax free and there are ways of accessing cash value without causing a taxable event. To say it’s entirely tax free is incorrect.  And yet (outside of one area)

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Can You Save More with a 30-Year Mortgage, Refinanced Every 10 Years?

What’s the major reason that people want to have their house paid off? In most cases, people fear a scenario where they can’t pay their mortgage, so they spend more money up front. Too often, this puts them in the scenario they were trying to avoid. It all comes down to control, and a 30-year mortgage simply gives you more control.  We’re going to run an experiment here, and see how you can actually save more money in your own pockets. Setting Up in Loan Analysis To begin, pull up

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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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