4 Steps to Guide Your Clients into Retirement

Posted by Mike Baum

December 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM

According to CNBC, 10,000 baby boomers reach retirement age each day. As such, you are likely seeing large portions of your client base transitioning into the retirement distribution phase. Their assets in defined contribution plans will need to be rolled over and managed by a competent professional. Considering the tremendous wealth held in retirement plans (and the fact that boomers number more than 70 million), this represents a significant opportunity for you.

To help you seize this opportunity, here we’ll discuss four steps to guide your clients into retirement. By developing a solid retirement income planning process, you’ll help your clients make their money last and establish yourself as a go-to retirement resource.

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Topics: Retirement Income Planning

Conducting a POA Checkup: The Advisor’s Role

Posted by Anna Hays

December 5, 2018 at 1:30 PM

What do cars, doctors’ offices, and hair salons have in common? Each one reminds you when it’s time for a checkup. Powers of attorney (POAs), on the other hand, do not have dashboard lights, nor do they send texts. Conducting a POA checkup is generally up to the advisor, as clients don’t usually think to do so on their own.

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Topics: Estate Planning

Pushing 100: Tips for Addressing Longevity Risk with Clients

Posted by Justin C. Duft, JD, CFP, CLU, ChFC, CLTC

December 4, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Even today, living to age 100 is considered an impressive accomplishment. But it isn’t as rare as it used to be, thanks to the efforts of those in the medical research field. In fact, according to an article published on DailyMail.com last year, Dutch scientists believe that life expectancy will increase to an astonishing 125 years by 2070! While this may be welcome news to many, it has created new pressures for the financial planning community to help clients prepare for retirement income needs that go past the long-accepted mark of age 90.

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Topics: Retirement Income Planning, Estate Planning

Measure Your Business Success with 3 Crucial KPIs

Posted by John Reid

November 28, 2018 at 1:30 PM

Advisors who develop a business plan are more likely to realize success—that is, if they revisit their plans and hold themselves accountable. As your firm grows, your vision for your business may change significantly, meaning your business plan will need to change, too. But a plan shouldn’t be reactive; it should help you lead the change you want to see as your firm develops—and that means it will require regular review.

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Topics: Practice Management

The Business Planning Process: Tips for Elevating Your Advisory Firm

Posted by Christine Heuston

November 27, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Yogi Berra put it best when he said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might end up somewhere else!” The business planning process is a necessary part of managing a firm, as it helps you create a vision and foundation for your practice’s growth and provides an avenue for continuing to elevate your firm over time. In fact, firms that have a written plan may grow up to 30-percent faster than those that don’t have one. Still, many tend to overcomplicate the process. Here, I’ll share strategies to help you create and stick to a plan that works for you.

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Topics: Practice Management

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