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Using Life Insurance to Transfer Wealth

Using Life Insurance to Transfer Wealth

Using Life Insurance to Transfer Wealth Life insurance can be a useful tool to accomplish many different planning goals. Specifically, if you are investing for a purpose that extends beyond your lifetime � like preserving wealth for generations to come � then life insurance can be a very attractive investment vehicle. Keep reading to see how a well-designed life insurance strategy can be a tax-efficient way to transfer wealth and protect your legacy.
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How and Why Wealthy Families Use Life Insurance

How and Why Wealthy Families Use Life Insurance

A different approach to life insurance Many people think about life insurance as financial protection against premature death. The death benefit to be paid is a replacement for lost income and helps keep the family going. But most affluent families aren’t overly concerned with income replacement. Instead, wealthy families use life insurance to protect assets because of the specific tax benefits and ROI it can provide. Including insurance products in a well-diversified portfolio can help investors achieve financial goals for the current family while also protecting wealth for future generations. In essence, there are three major themes when it comes to how and why wealthy families use life insurance: wealth accumulation, leverage, and liquidity. This ebook will explore these themes and offer insights into how to use insurance strategies most effectively.
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Succession Planning Starts Now

Succession Planning Starts Now

Define your legacy Leaving a business you built from the ground up or played a significant role in shaping is never easy. You want to know that the legacy you created will be protected and outlast your time with the company. That’s why succession planning and continuity planning are so important. With a written plan in place, you can feel confident your vision, goals, priorities, and values will be respected and continued for years to come. At Granite Harbor, we recommend business owners begin continuity and succession planning as soon as their business comes into existence. We also help business owners create and modify plans as needed, offering guidance to protect personal finances as well as the financial health of the business. That’s also why we created this eBook, to highlight some of the most pressing issues facing business owners in the succession planning process. You’ll find insights on how to approach a variety of scenarios and what to consider at each stage. By identifying your goals and the financial strategies to achieve them, you can develop continuity and succession plans that define your legacy and position your company for long-term success.
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Avoid Emotional Money Mistakes

Avoid Emotional Money Mistakes

Making financial decisions with confidence Experienced leaders understand that emotional reactions and split- second decisions rarely yield the best results. When challenges arise, business owners and executives instead rely on data, thoughtful strategies, and experience to help their organizations achieve performance goals. The same is true for personal finances. When uncertainty arises or things do not go as planned, letting emotion guide your decision-making can have profound financial implications. After years of hard work to achieve success, it can be extremely difficult to separate emotions from disciplined decision-making. Even a brief moment of compromised judgment can have a lasting effect on your financial health and legacy. To help you avoid missteps, a team of fiduciary-level advisors can provide valuable objectivity and a voice of reason when complex emotions are involved. This ebook examines situations that can sometimes lead to emotional decision-making and how the right advisors can help you stay on track toward successful wealth management.
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Retirement Planning with Purpose and Confidence

Retirement Planning with Purpose and Confidence

Retiring with Peace of Mind Everyone has a different vision for what their retirement looks like. However, the foundations to get there are always the same: Thoughtful planning and attentive financial management from the time you start your career all the way through your retirement years is essential. Whether you are a young executive just starting to formulate a retirement strategy, approaching retirement age, or making the long-awaited transition into retirement, a trusted team of financial advisors can provide experienced and objective guidance to help keep your plans on track. This eBook offers insights on how executives and business owners should approach each stage of their retirement journey.
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Avoid Emotional Money Mistakes

Avoid Emotional Money Mistakes

Making financial decisions with confidence Experienced leaders understand that emotional reactions and split- second decisions rarely yield the best results. When challenges arise, business owners and executives instead rely on data, thoughtful strategies, and experience to help their organizations achieve performance goals. The same is true for personal finances. When uncertainty arises or things do not go as planned, letting emotion guide your decision-making can have profound financial implications. After years of hard work to achieve success, it can be extremely difficult to separate emotions from disciplined decision-making. Even a brief moment of compromised judgment can have a lasting effect on your financial health and legacy. To help you avoid missteps, a team of fiduciary-level advisors can provide valuable objectivity and a voice of reason when complex emotions are involved. This ebook examines situations that can sometimes lead to emotional decision-making and how the right advisors can help you stay on track toward successful wealth management.
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The Impact of Presidential Elections on the Stock Market
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The Impact of Presidential Elections on the Stock Market

The Impact of Presidential Elections on the Stock Market Investors often ponder the connection between elections and stock market performance, whether it's during mid-term elections or presidential elections. This topic tends to resurface every election year, sparking discussions and analysis among market participants. Whether you're a novice dipping your toes into the world of investing or a seasoned…
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The 15-Minute Quarter: Back to the Future

The 15-Minute Quarter: Back to the Future

The 15-Minute Quarter: The Upside Down Welcome to the latest edition of The 15-minute Quarter! Each quarter, Granite Harbor Advisors presents a concise 15-minute overview of the market's performance over the past 90 days, addressing the most frequently asked questions we receive. In this episode titled "Back to the Future," our very own Nick Brown, CFA, CFP®, dives into 2023 as a whole, providing insightful commentary on current events and market performance.
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Maximizing Real Estate Returns in Texas
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Maximizing Real Estate Returns in Texas

Maximizing Real Estate Returns in Texas: Investment Strategies & Ownership With Texas's changing property tax landscape, real estate is becoming an increasingly attractive asset class. Discover if and how real estate may fit within your investment portfolio. Governor Abbott recently signed one of the most significant property tax cuts in American history, officially using $18 billion of the state’s…
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Top Tax Moves for High-Net-Worth Investors to Consider Before December 31
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Top Tax Moves for High-Net-Worth Investors to Consider Before December 31

Top Tax Moves for High-Net-Worth Investors to Consider Before December 31 As 2023 draws to a close, now is the time to proactively review your accounts with your team of wealth professionals to make strategic tax moves before the end of the year. With accurate annual income projections in sight, there are several timely opportunities to consider: maximize pre-tax deductions and strategically plan…
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On-Demand Video - The 15-Minute Quarter: The Upside Down

On-Demand Video - The 15-Minute Quarter: The Upside Down

The 15-Minute Quarter: The Upside Down Welcome to the latest edition of The 15-minute Quarter! Each quarter, Granite Harbor Advisors presents a concise 15-minute overview of the market's performance over the past 90 days, addressing the most frequently asked questions we receive. In this episode titled "The Upside Down," our very own Nick Brown, CFA, CFP®, dives into Q3 2023, providing insightful commentary on current events and market performance.
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Understanding Life Settlement: Recognizing the market value of your life insurance
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Understanding Life Settlement: Recognizing the market value of your life insurance

Many people think of life insurance in rather uninspired terms. They generally consider it a liability and an expense that shows up in cash flow projections, not a true asset. This is sometimes why investors will surrender a policy or let one lapse. But before doing either of those things, policyholders should consider a life settlement. When used strategically as part of a comprehensive financial…
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How and Why Wealthy Families Use Life Insurance

How and Why Wealthy Families Use Life Insurance

A different approach to life insurance Many people think about life insurance as financial protection against premature death. The death benefit to be paid is a replacement for lost income and helps keep the family going. But most affluent families aren’t overly concerned with income replacement. Instead, wealthy families use life insurance to protect assets because of the specific tax benefits and ROI it can provide. Including insurance products in a well-diversified portfolio can help investors achieve financial goals for the current family while also protecting wealth for future generations. In essence, there are three major themes when it comes to how and why wealthy families use life insurance: wealth accumulation, leverage, and liquidity. This ebook will explore these themes and offer insights into how to use insurance strategies most effectively.
Read eBook
Using Life Insurance to Transfer Wealth

Using Life Insurance to Transfer Wealth

Using Life Insurance to Transfer Wealth Life insurance can be a useful tool to accomplish many different planning goals. Specifically, if you are investing for a purpose that extends beyond your lifetime � like preserving wealth for generations to come � then life insurance can be a very attractive investment vehicle. Keep reading to see how a well-designed life insurance strategy can be a tax-efficient way to transfer wealth and protect your legacy.
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The Clock is Ticking: Why Accredited Investors are Taking Advantage of Private Placement Life Insurance (PPLI)
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The Clock is Ticking: Why Accredited Investors are Taking Advantage of Private Placement Life Insurance (PPLI)

As today's top federal estate tax rate, or "death tax," currently tops out at 40%, proactive planning is needed for high-net-worth individuals who want to avoid nearly half of their estate going to taxes rather than their heirs upon death.1 With sizeable estate tax exemptions currently set to expire on December 31, 2025, combined with today's historically attractive tax rates, there has never been…
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Benefits of Private Placement Life Insurance (PPLI) for the Ultra-Affluent
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Benefits of Private Placement Life Insurance (PPLI) for the Ultra-Affluent

Tax rates are currently at or near historic lows. But ask just about anyone and the expectation is that taxes are sure to increase in the future. So, finding tax-efficient shelters for wealth accumulation is important for protecting long-term portfolio value and accomplishing tax planning goals. For the ultra-wealthy, private placement life insurance (PPLI) can provide powerful tax benefits while helping…
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Understanding Life Settlement: Recognizing the Market Value of your Life Insurance

Understanding Life Settlement: Recognizing the Market Value of your Life Insurance

Do you have a life insurance policy that you no longer want or need? Do you have expiring term insurance that you don't wish to convert? Do you have a cash need now and lack the desire to continue paying premiums on your life insurance policy? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to learn about the life settlement options available to you. Life insurance is an asset just like anything else you own, and should not be thrown out with the trash if you no longer need or want it. There may be significant market value in that asset. Join our colleague and friend Jamie Mendelsohn, EVP with Ashar Group as we discuss the complexities and considerations associated with the life settlement market.
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