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The Solution to Calculating Your Clients' RMDs


Do you have clients with traditional IRAs? Are they close to age 70 or older? If so, you need to read on.

Current tax law requires clients who have an IRA and certain other retirement products to start taking a required minimum distribution (RMD) at the age 70 1/2. These minimum distributions are calculated annually based on their age, account balance at the end of the previous year, marital status and their spouse's age. If they do not take the annual minimum distribution, your clients may be subject to a 50% penalty tax on the underpayment, as well as ordinary income tax, as the funds are withdrawn.

The question we typically hear is, “how can I quickly calculate my clients' RMDs?"

We have the solution! Use our simple interactive calculator to get your clients' projected RMDs. This can be accessed when you need it on our website. All you'll need is the following information from your clients.

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The Lowdown on Referrals


Are you asking your clients for referrals? How are you asking them? Which clients are you asking and how often do you inquire about referrals? You've heard it before, the easiest and cheapest way to grow your business is to tap into the resources you already have - so why not start with your clients? Your clients already have experience working with you so w
hy pay for a prospective client list or for advertising, when you can grow your business for free? Yes, those forms of prospecting should still be a part of your business, but don't overlook the power of referrals. Here are some life insurance sales tips on which of your clients you should be asking referrals from, how you should be asking them and when you should be following up with them. 

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When is it OK for a Financial Advisor to Walk Away From a Client?

 
You've probably received considerable advice on how to find the right client and which clients are the best prospects. Have you heard anyone talk about when it's OK to walk away from a client? For most financial advisors, this is something they hope to avoid. However, every now and then you'll come across a client that may not be a great fit. Here are some tips on how you can spot them and when to walk away.

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Breaking Into the Business for Young Financial Advisors

 

There’s a strange gray area for young financial advisors today. These fresh college graduates are eager, smart and ready to make an impact on the industry. The problem is, not many people are giving them the chance. These advisors will go from firm to firm, trying to find somewhere they feel comfortable, but it can take too long to find a company that embraces their skills. By the time they  find somewhere that’s a good fit, they’re getting old enough to shed those “young advisor” stereotypes. You know the kind, things like, “how is this kid going to advise me when he’s never bought a house or had children?”. 

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How to Handle Policy Reinstatement


When your client calls to discuss a lapsed policy, what do you do?

Oversights happen, here are some life insurance sales tips on what you can do to prevent a lapsed policy, put it back in force and provide your client with the protection they need. 



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Insuring Your Client's Portfolio

 

What are you doing to ensure your clients' portfolios are protected? Here's how to implement a life insurance sales strategy that will protect your clients and the assets you manage.

How do you start the conversation of life insurance with your clients? Perhaps you begin by storytelling to help your clients visualize a situation in which their lives are impacted to show how life insurance would help. The scenario that's all too familiar is when the husband (or wife) dies and doesn't have life insurance. What happens to the surviving spouse? They're often forced to start spending down their investments in order to make ends meets. 

Their investments quickly deplete.

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How Successful Insurance Agents Approach Small Business Owners

Check out these tips on approaching small business owners for insurance agents & advisors.

Small business owners respond well to an approach that includes educational information and planning for their future success. They feel their business is unique. If you can teach them something new, they will be more open to meeting with and listening to you.

“Tell me what you’ve done for other small business owners and why it is right for me.”

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Calculators to Help Identify Client Needs

When you sit down with your clients are you answering key financial questions relating to their savings, taxes, insurance, education, business or retirement investments?

Your client comes to you for your expertise and depends on you to provide them with a strong plan for their future. Don't waste time by using a hand held calculator to compute complex equations or fumbling with excel, or worse a paper form. Get quick, clear cut information with automated financial calculators so you can properly and easily answer questions like these:

  • How their 401(k) or Roth IRA will affect their retirement?
  • How the inflation rate will impact their retirement income needs?
  • How taxable, tax-deferred and tax-free investments may compare?
  • How long their money will last?
  • How much they'll earn in their lifetime?
  • How much they should save for college funds?
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Increasing Your Client Retention

 
Over the last decade, we have seen growth in financial services and life insurance retail options for clients, most notably the explosion of the robo-advisors. More options are available to consumers, meaning buyers can be more particular with whom they do business with. Some businesses are so focused on obtaining new clients, they forget about their current clientele. There is something to be said for providing that extra attention to your loyal clients.

Statistics show that customers care more about service, quality and personalization, than cost. Wouldn't you rather do business with someone who caters to you individually and gives you customized service? Your clients certainly do. So, while other advisors and firms may fall short by focusing primarily on the pursuit for new clients, take the long game by setting up a life insurance sales strategy that includes paying more attention to your current customers. Recognize your current roster and make each client feel like the MVP. This will build customer retention, brand loyalty and make your business stronger.

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Tactics Successful Financial Advisors Use to Motivate the Sale

Think back to a time when you purchased a product or service, and left with a sense of fulfillment from that purchase. Perhaps you left with a feeling of comradery with the seller. The transaction may not have felt like a typical sale. This is the feeling that a good salesperson creates. They engage with the client to form a collaborative environment, a trustworthy rapport and positions the product or service to fit your needs. We broke down the attributes that come into play when financial advisors prospect buyer motivations and how they become experts in relationship building. 

Set the groundwork. To understand your client's motivations and triggers you must ask the right questions and listen to their responses. This back and forth will provide you with insight into your client's buying personality and will help dictate your sales approach. Buyers aren't all created equally. They require different approaches, Dan Seidman, sales trainer and author of The Ultimate Guide to Sales Training and The Secret Language of Influence, speaks about two types of buyer personalities: The Pain and The Gain Motivators in InsuranceNewsNet Magazine. Knowing which personality aligns with your client will help build a stronger relationship and save you time in closing the sale. What is a pain-based buyer versus a gain-based buyer?

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