Publications & Insights
Mitigating Market Volatility with Downside Protection
Buffer Annuities allow clients to secure guaranteed levels of protection against market losses while still providing the potential to capture compelling returns in a rising market environment.
Advisors are increasingly turning to these structures to protect clients from volatility while still providing an opportunity for meaningful growth.
Recent Tax Proposals: Which of the Following Tax Proposals will become Law?
In this high-level overview, we focus on the tax proposals that could significantly impact our clients and their planning.
Estate Taxes: The “For the 99.5% Act” proposes significant changes to the current estate tax regime beginning on 1/1/22.
Step-Up In Basis: Several Democratic Senators have proposed eliminating the step-up in basis for unrealized gains greater than $1M.
Income Taxes and More: The Biden administration has floated proposals which would increase taxes on wages, investments and payroll for those making more than $400k per year.
FAQ - Protection from Market Losses and Market Volatility
In this FAQ, we focus on Buffered Annuities which allow the client to secure guaranteed levels of protection against market losses while still providing the potential the potential to capture compelling returns in a rising market environment.
Given the current low yield fixed income environment, advisors are increasing turning to these structures to protect clients from volatility while still providing an opportunity for meaningful growth.
FAQ - Tax Efficient Investing in a Rising Tax Environment
In this piece, we turn our attention to concerns that future income and estate taxes will increase and how clients can invest in a more tax efficient manner in this environment.
The most powerful force in tax planning is tax-free compounding. A properly structured life insurance policy has four distinct tax advantages:
Potential cash accumulation without a taxable event;
All gains are converted into an income tax-free death benefit; and
If owned by an irrevocable trust, it will be the sole trust asset that will receive a step-up in basis at the grantor/insured’s death
FAQ - Adapt to Changing Circumstances in the Current Interest Rate Environment
The current low interest rate environment makes it imperative for clients to have their life insurance policies reviewed.
Life insurance companies are not immune from the impact of lower bond yields.
The cornerstone of a life insurance advisory practice should be a management process which regularly monitors product performance and responds to changing client circumstances.