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3 Questions for Insurance Agency Owners in Today’s Seller’s Market

According to recent data released by Optis Partners, 2017 is on pace for another record-setting year of M&A activity in the insurance-broker space. Private Equity-backed buyer groups continue to drive up valuations creating many attractive opportunities for agency owners looking to sell. In fact, this seller’s market is creating too good to be true offers […]

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Love, Loss, Legacy – The Top 3 Reasons Financial Professionals Hire a Private Wealth Advisor

“I work in finance…why do I need to hire a financial advisor?” It’s a question and topic area that I have spent many months researching. The financial professionals that I interviewed included those that work within the private equity, investment banking, and asset management industry. Their expertise within the finance field is obviously more advanced […]

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The Big Five

Have you ever been on an African safari?  Sadly, I never have.  Hopefully, someday… maybe once my kids are a bit older and the thought of a trans-continental flight isn’t quite so painful. For those who have been on a safari, you’re no doubt familiar with the concept of “The Big Five.”  The Big Five […]

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10 Easy Steps – Starting a Business Owner’s Financial Plan

Business owners can be like running backs in football – put your head down and go!  However, there are many obstacles – or defenses – in the way of sustained financial success.  To transition business wealth to personal retirement assets, consider the preliminary steps presented below. Net Worth and Cash Flow Statements –  Constructing a […]

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The “Golden” Medicare Years

Turning age 65 is a monumental time in life. For many it means years of hard work paying off in the form of retirement and entering the “golden years”.  Age 65 is monumental in another way – Medicare eligibility. This is the time when most people will transfer from private health insurance to government insurance. […]

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Working Wealthy – Lessons from Backpacking

I recently had the good fortune to go backpacking in the Wasatch National Forest for the first time in my life. While I have been “car camping” and hiking for years, I have never put every necessity into a backpack and headed out into the wilderness to camp. Being a financial planner, naturally I related […]

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Top 5 Attributes to Retire Well

Last week I attended a retirement party for John, a long-time client and friend that I cannot seem to forget about. The party was like a back yard wedding you would see in the movies. There was a big white tent, a great live band, and of course, plenty of food and drinks with well […]

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401(K) Must-Do’s

The 401(k) plan has been a long-time cornerstone in the retirement investment portfolio for Americans. At its foundation, it’s an employer sponsored savings plan that allows investors to siphon off a portion of their paycheck, either on a pre-tax or after-tax basis, into a tax-deferred investment account. While this is the most basic construct of […]

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Catching the Rain

Every lawyer knows the importance of rainmaking. It’s a ubiquitous discussion topic in law firm land.  Virtually every legal industry conference features sessions on rainmaking best practices and consultants crisscross America training the future rainmakers of Big Law. Rainmaking matters.  It greatly impacts your compensation and capacity to create wealth. While rainmaking largely drives how […]

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4 Questions to Evaluate Your Long-Term Care Plan

The AARP and AICPA recently conducted surveys to gauge retirees’ biggest concerns. Number one was running out of money which is not too big of a surprise. However, number two was health and long-term care planning – not losing a loved one, staying busy in their next phase, finding time to be with family and […]

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Working Wealthy – Don’t Be A Bank

A wonderful client of BDF once shared with me the following fable. I was reminded of it recently and how much it applies to modern day. Hundreds of years ago in a faraway village, there was a man who lived in a house. The man in the house was the wealthiest man in the village. […]

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To Defer or Not to Defer

The uncertainty over future State and Federal Tax Rates is creating more client questions regarding deferred compensation plans. Over the past month, a couple of high-earning, commission based insurance producers asked for guidance with the decision to participate in their company’s non-qualified deferred compensation plan. Unfortunately, the decision to participate is not as straight forward […]

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