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Sample Solutions: The Seven Basic Areas

CASH FLOW MANAGEMENT

 

INCOME AND ASSET PROTECTION

  • Clarify “Need vs. Luxury” Insurance
  • Identifying Which Insurances Are Necessary
  • Identifying How Much Coverage Is Needed
  • Evaluate Cost-Effectiveness of Current Coverage
  • Determine the Most Ideal Type(s) Of Coverage
  • No or Low- Load Life Insurance Recommendations
  • Recommend Optimal Property & Casualty Coverage
  • Recommended Medical & Long Term Care Coverage

 

EDUCATION PLANNING

  • Identify Projected Cost Of College
  • Determine Financial Aid Qualification
  • Evaluate Gifting Strategies For Education
  • Provide Effective Strategies For Funding Education
  • Prioritize Education vs. Other Financial Objectives
  • Use Of 529 Plans, UGMA/UTMA Accounts, Grants, Scholarships, etc.

 

INVESTMENT STRATEGY

  • Clarify Investment “Risks”
  • Analyze Current Investments
  • Identify Ideal Investment Vehicles
  • Evaluate Current Investment Strategy
  • Compare Current Strategy Limitations vs. Ideal Strategy
  • Establish Most Appropriate Types Of Investment Accounts
  • Identify Proper Liquid and Non-Liquid Investment Balance
  • Incorporate Socially Responsible Objectives With Investments
  • Research Most Cost-Effective/Tax Efficient Transition Strategy
  • Discussion Of Taxable, Tax Deferred, and Tax-Free Investments
  • Clarify Appropriate Balance Of Account Types & Asset Proportions
  • Provide Understanding Of Current and Recommended Investment Expenses

 

TAX PLANNING

  • Itemizing vs. Standard Deduction

  • Manage Capital Gains and Losses
  • Roth IRAs and Roth Conversions
  • Most Ideal Withholding Strategies
  • Estate Tax Minimization Strategies
  • Minimizing Tax Impact of Investments
  • Maximizing Tax Benefits of Mortgages
  • Best Use Of Fixed & Variable Annuities
  • Maximize Current & Projected Tax Benefits
  • Determine Current & Projected Estate Tax Liability
  • Identifying Ideal Use of Tax Deferred Accounts, such as IRAs, Roth IRAs, and 401ks

 

RETIREMENT PLANNING

  • Determine Ideal Investment Amounts
  • Required Distribution & Withdrawal Advice
  • Career, Work & Social Security Tax Advice
  • Calculate Projected Retirement Income Needs
  • Social Security Income Calculations & Timing
  • Determine of Ideal Amounts to Invest for Retirement
  • Identify Most Suitable Investment Vehicles For Funding
  • Determine Ideal Retirement Account Distribution Strategies
  • Current & Future Company Sponsored Benefits Decision Making Advice

 

ESTATE PLANNING

  • Appropriate Gifting Strategies
  • Advice On Bequeathing Assets
  • Clarify Types & Use Of Various Trusts
  • Desirability Of Revocable Living Trusts
  • Projection Of Estate Settlement Expenses
  • Life Insurance & Estate Planning Options
  • Minimization Of Estate Settlement Expenses
  • Identify Appropriate Estate Planning Documents