Category: Truth Tips

Truth Tip, Additional Income Definition

Additional Income Definition:  “Net after taxes but before qualified plan deduction”.  For example, if someone is earning $150,000 they have $30,000 of mortgage interest deductions and $10,000 of charitable deductions, then Additional Income is $110,000 for the Qualified Plan Calculator and if they are putting $15,000 into their QP, then Additional Income is $95,000 for Accumulation and Distribution Calculator.  Another way to put this is “gross taxable income minus deductions plus qualified plan contribution”.  For example: $150,000 of gross income minus $30,000 of deductions plus $16,500 of qualified plan contribution

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Truth Tip, Screen Space

Want to increase your productivity by 30%? Purchase a second monitor so you can use two screens with your computer.  You’ll want to have a video card for a lap top or a USB to VGA adapter…then select properties and “extend windows” onto that second screen so you can run your illustration software on one screen and the Truth Concepts calculator on the other.  Two screens make presentations more effective, save delays on jumping between applications which add up to alot of time when you repeat them multiple times per day.  With

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Truth Tip, Life Insurance Values Tool

When importing the values from the tool to the Internal ROR calculator, take note that the IRR calculator AUTOMATICALLY adjusts the number of years for the illustration period.  This is because the values in the IRR calculator are all beginning of year and the values on the illustration are all end of year. For example, you’ll see in your Life Insurance Values a table running 30 years, but it will show up as only 29 years under the IRR calculator.

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Truth Tip, Borrowing Strategy Calculator

The descriptions of the 4 “loan/withdrawal” source drop downs are as follows: ACT CASH: removing money from the account via withdrawl ACT LOAN:  borrowing against the account itself ALT LOAN:  borrowing against another asset outside of the account MKT LOAN:  borrowing from the market place, home equity, car dealership etc

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Truth Tip, Distribution

When working with the Distribution Calculator, once you’ve pushed either the “Interest Only” or “PayDown” button, it turns blue (meaning it is on) and puts the correct withdrawal amount in the withdrawal field.  Then, if you make a change to the Earnings Rate, Illustration Period, or Present Value, it will automatically re-calculate the Withdrawal amount. If you press the button again (no color) it will turn off the automatic function and subsequent changes to other fields will have no impact upon the Withdrawal amount. This can be helpful if you want to calculate a Withdrawal amount based upon a certain

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Truth Tip on Diversification

In order to replace the Annual Earnings Rate column with the Market History, click the Earnings Rate button on the top left first, then copy and paste the Market History into the Annual Earnings Rate column.  Remember to cut off the term premiums by filling in the Year to Cancel that comes up in the middle of the page after you’ve put in your Term Insurance DB.

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