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The purpose of this blog is to give you insight into the many different strategies used in the insurance industry that can help you make informed financial decisions. Many of these concepts are used every day by experienced advisers and they can be used to help you.

 

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The IRS recently issued its inflation adjustments for the 2019 tax year, affecting more than 60 provisions in the tax code. Here are some of the major highlights to be aware of for both you and your clients: • Income Tax Rates:...

 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

In an recent article written by Rebecca Lake for Investopedia titled "Retirement Planning Doesn't Stop When You Retire" I was asked for my thoughts on the subject and why you should still have a saving mindset when it comes to your...

 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Life insurance provides provides the reassurance of knowing that if something happened to you , your loved ones would be protected. The death benefit passes income-tax-free to beneficiaries and can be used for a variety of financial...

 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

If you’re thinking about changing jobs and are tempted to cash in a portion of your 401k plan or all of it there many things you should consider. According to Forbes employee turnover rate is the highest it’s ever been in.

 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

The challenges young people face today regarding retirement planning are far more different than what their parents or grandparents faced in the past. In the past one could stay with one company 20-30 years and retire with a pension...

 

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

One of the biggest obstacles you will face while building wealth over your life time will be taxes. Winston Churchill said it best “We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a...

 

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Owners of certain pass-through businesses will be allowed to deduct up to 20% of qualified business income from a partnership, S corporation, or sole proprietorship (not an LLC or C corp) for #tax years after December 31, 2017, and...

 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Chamberlin Financial has a strategic partnership with Legacy Tree Foundation to offer charitable planning services to our clients. Legacy Tree Foundation only works directly with advisers, not the public so you must work directly with...

 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Kai-Zen is a strategy that helps you maintain your current lifestyle in the event of a chronic illness, premature death, or an inability to sufficiently save for retirement. Protecting your earnings is critical to insuring your...

 

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

According to the Wall Street Journal Social Security is expected to dip into its reserves this year. There are many factors contributing to the depletion of the trust fund including an aging population and lower projected tax revenue...

 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Consumer Price Index rose 2.4% in March compared to a year ago. Rising prices were seen in Hotel rooms, apartment rentals, and hospital cost. The US has had almost no inflation for the past decade until recently. The Federal...

 

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

In his latest research, economist Roger Ibbotson argues that fixed indexed annuities have the potential to outperform bonds in the near future and smooth the return pattern of a portfolio. Click this link for the full article. On the...

 

Monday, March 12, 2018

One great way to attract good employees and keep them is to offer an Executive Bonus Plan. An executive bonus plan (Section 162) is a way for business owners or companies to provide additional supplemental benefits to key employees or...

 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

How do you create a safe retirement and still participate in the growth of the market? It may sound too good to be true but it's not! You have to have an open mind and consider something that you may have a bias against because of...

 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

How many of you remember Black Monday? For those of you too young to remember in finance, Black Monday refers to Monday, October 19, 1987, when stock markets around the world crashed, shedding a huge value in a very short time. The...

 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

This post is an update to my last post regarding "Reducing Risk in A Volatile Market" The A+ rated insurance company I was referring to just an announced a rate change to their fixed indexed annuity. The new participation rate that...

 

Monday, February 5, 2018

Today the market plunged for a second straight session, with the DowJones Industrial Average dropping more than 1,400 points and the S&P 500 Index enduring its steepest single-day decline since August 2015, erasing its gains for the...

 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) represents “the most sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code in more than 30 years.”1 For millions of Americans and businesses it means an altered financial and investment...

 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

There are many benefits of owning an annuity-like tax differed growth and income for life. But eventually the taxes will be due at an ordinary income rate and for non-spousal beneficiaries, the death benefit will also be taxed. There...

 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Tulip mania is a term used to describe a time during the Dutch Golden Age during which contract prices for some bulbs of the recently introduced and fashionable tulip reached exuberantly high levels and then dramatically collapsed in...

 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Dow Jones Industrial average hit a record new high Thursday, topping 24,000 for the first time, adding to the already sizable 2017 gains of 401(k) investors that have exposure to stocks in their retirement accounts. The 2017 stock...

 

Monday, November 13, 2017

One good thing about the proposed bill is that a reduction in the pre-tax 401(k) savings limit is off the table, for now. The bill has a lot of other details in that do affect retirement savings. For example, the bill released Nov. 2,...

 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

A lot of people are a little confused about the 2018 open enrollment season. Since President Trump recently cut off a few important Obamacare subsidies paid to insurance companies to help lower out-of-pocket medical costs for...

 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

With so many annuities out there it’s hard for an individual to know which one is right for them. If you’re looking for something with NO RISK to the principal but still linked to an index that historically out performs...

 

Monday, October 9, 2017

A common assumption among those who have assets in qualified accounts is that they actually own them all. Because these funds are 100% taxable a person may own only 60-70% of them. Uncle Sam owns the rest!! This example (click link...

 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

One of the biggest problems facing high-income earners today is taxes and it's also a problem for anyone deferring capital gains using a qualified account like a 401k or an IRA since withdrawals are taxed at an ordinary income rate. A...

 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Danica Patrick, professional race car driver and athlete, is the spokesperson for Life Insurance Awareness Month for the second year, spreading the message of financial fitness. "Life insurance is one of those things that you can...

 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Benefits of Owning a Captive Insurance Company A little background on what a captive is an insurance company is. Captive insurance companies are wholly-owned by one or more non-insurance companies to insure the risks of its owner...

 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Are potential capital gain issues keeping you from selling your property? Did you know there is a way to sell your property and drastically reduce your capital gains tax? Would you like to free yourself from tenant and maintenance...

 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Amid predicted tax hikes and market volatility, with 85% of Americans already giving to charity, charitable planning remains a largely untapped opportunity. There are simple programs which can be easily implemented that can provide...

 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The word annuity for some can be the end of the conversation drawing upon a perceived Idea of what an annuity is usually based on a lot of misinformation and bad publicity. But yet billions of dollars are put into annuities every year...

 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

I first met Dave and Laurett Arenz at a conference in San Diego July 2016. They're husband and wife team with their own national radio show called Hero's Talk Radio focused on helping people achieve a tax free retirement using the RAFT...

 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Click the link below to learn more about Fixed Indexed Annuities. Fixed Indexed Annuity Insights

 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Many small-business and manufacturers’ associations praised the proposal set by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to take the U.S. federal corporate tax rate from the highest to one of the lowest among developed...

 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

“PremiumLife Plus™ involves the lending of funds to a person or company to cover the cost of an insurance premium.” Top Reasons to Finance Life Insurance Premiums Leverage – Most self-made millionaires are...

 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Guaranteed Universal Life (GUL) also called “No Lapse or “Secondary Guarantee Universal Life” is really a Term life insurance that has a guaranteed level premium and guaranteed death benefit for a limited period....

 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Even with the markets continuing to set records, there’s still consumer demand for fixed-rate guarantees with principal protection. Most retirees and baby boomers are looking for contractual guarantees and benefits, which has...

 

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

1. What does a life insurance trust do? An irrevocable life insurance trust or ILIT gives you more control over your insurance policies and the money that is paid from them. It also lets you reduce or even eliminate estate taxes, so...

 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

What are some of the tax implications of owning U.S. property as a foreign national? Life insurance can provide planning solutions for the unique U.S. tax challenges that Foreign Nationals face. Resident and Non-Resident Aliens are not...

 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

We've previously devoted a number of discussions to the use of life insurance by physicians including a look at how to buy insurance and discussions of its specific uses and how much life insurance a doctor and his or her spouse...

 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

How it works A good prospect for premium financing might be someone who is still working and needs life insurance, but is not ready to liquidate his assets. For example, let's say Sam, age 67, wants to leave a legacy of $5 million to...