Category: Education

The Debt-Free 4 Life Program with Tracey Spikes, CLU, FICF (Ep. 22)

The Debt-Free 4 Life Program with Tracey Spikes, CLU, FICF (Ep. 22)

Ready to help your clients with eliminating their debt and pursuing financial freedom? 

Are there any methods available that we should know about?

Join Greg DuPont and Tracey Spikes, CLU, FICF, Debt Free 4 Life™ Specialist, as they discuss the transformative Debt Free 4 Life model that can change people’s future. Tracy shares personal stories and insights on how this model transforms lives by eliminating debt faster, increasing wealth accumulation, and offering financial freedom.

Greg and Tracey Discuss: 

  • Tracy’s personal journey and the motivation behind the Debt Free 4 Life movement
  • How individuals can pay off significant debt quickly and pursue financial freedom within a short timeframe
  • The importance of understanding effective interest costs and redirecting finances to eliminate debt effectively
  • Tailoring financial plans to individual budgets without compromising lifestyle choices 
  • And more!

 

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About Our Guest:

Tracey Spikes believes that Debt and Taxes are two of the greatest detractors of wealth accumulation and spendable income that Americans face today. He has studied income in America extensively and came to the shocking conclusion that well over 50% of what Americans earn over their lifetime goes to paying taxes and/or interest.

It’s for these reasons he uses the Smart Advisor Tools suite of software that includes Debt Free 4 Life™️ and Tax Smart 4 Life™️ as part of his advisory work with clients, and trains similarly-minded advisors.

DF4L is a debt elimination app that uses risk management-based products, like life insurance, to modify a “snowball” approach to debt elimination and cash flow management.

The Shred Method: A Revolutionary Way to Achieve Debt Freedom with Adam Carroll (Ep. 21)

The Shred Method: A Revolutionary Way to Achieve Debt Freedom with Adam Carroll (Ep. 21)

Debt is one of the biggest challenges facing many people today. 

It can limit your choices, reduce your savings, and stress you out. 

But what if there was a way to get rid of your debt faster and easier than you ever thought possible?

This week, Greg DuPont is joined by Adam Carroll, Professional Speaker & Founder of The Shred Method, to explore how the Shred Method can help achieve debt freedom in 3 to 7 years. They emphasize the importance of financial discipline and managing discretionary income to accelerate debt repayment, not just for mortgages but also for other loans. Adam also highlights the support provided by his team, making it easy for estate planning attorneys to implement this method for their clients.

Adam discusses: 

  • The Shred Method as a unique tool for achieving debt freedom within 3 to 7 years
  • How to use money more effectively through the Shred Method
  • The effectiveness of leveraging a home equity line of credit to pay off mortgage
  • The ideal prospects for the Shred Method
  • The simplicity of the Shred Method and the role of his team in guiding clients through the assessment process
  • The effectiveness of the Shred Method in tackling student loan debt and its role in building equity
  • And more!

 

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About Our Guest:

Adam Carroll has decades of experience working with families and business owners who are interested in creating massive efficiencies when it comes to their income and wealth building capacity. With an unwavering commitment to helping people make the most of the money they make, while limiting risk, reducing tax liabilities, and increasing liquidity, Adam Carroll has spent 15 years helping people do more with the money they make. He is an internationally recognized financial literacy expert, author of three Amazon best-sellers, a two-time TED talk speaker with over 6 million views on YouTube and TED.com, and is the creator of the Broke, Busted & Disgusted documentary which aired on CNBC and is shown in hundreds of high schools and colleges across the country. He is the host of the Build A Bigger Life podcast, the curator of MasteryOfMoney.com and founder of The Shred Method™.

The Power of Real Estate Investing with Taylor Vick, CFA (Ep. 20)

The Power of Real Estate Investing with Taylor Vick, CFA (Ep. 20)

Real estate is one of the most popular forms of investment. It offers a variety of benefits, such as income generation, capital appreciation, tax efficiency, and diversification. 

However, real estate investing also comes with its own challenges, such as finding the right properties, managing them effectively, and navigating the complex legal and financial aspects. 

That is why estate planning attorneys must be well educated in this field in order to provide the proper guidance to their clients.

Greg DuPont sits down with Taylor Vick, Managing Director at Blue Ridge Asset Management, to explore the ins and outs of real estate investing. Taylor shares his expertise on various types of real estate investments and the benefits of using self-directed IRAs. He also covers strategies for leveraging tax benefits to enhance investment returns.

Taylor discusses: 

  • The wealth-building potential and steady income real estate offers
  • The liquidity aspect of real estate investments
  • The tax advantages of real estate investment
  • Exploring asset management, 1031 exchanges, and diversification strategies for real estate investments
  • Insights on real estate deals in the current market with higher interest rates and strategies for future potential refinancing
  • Incorporating real estate into trusts for estate planning to transfer valuable assets and minimize estate taxes
  • And more!

 

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About Our Guest:

Taylor Vick has pursued a passionate commitment to the real estate investment community in and around the upstate for decades. Obtaining his CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation, Taylor continued to drive his passion for real estate investing at a high level pursuing the most advanced training, traveling the globe attending industry-leading conferences, and continuing to stay at the leading edge of the investment world each and every day. His tenacity for reaching industry-leading milestones for Blue Ridge has shown year after year, including an increasingly growing total of $150+ million in real estate funds managed. 

As Principal and Managing Director, Taylor has a wide range of industry expertise and involvement including private company investments, acquisitions, commercial loans, agency debt, insurance company loans, non-recourse financings, 1031 exchanges, leases with purchase options, originating mortgage notes to buyers, receiving mortgage notes from sellers, contract assessments and equity cash-out refinancing among a variety of strategies that lead the industry in both performance and success. 

Taylor’s success is not only driven by the impressive numbers, tenacity, and hunger to lead the industry but in the relational side of Blue Ridge. With an investor-first mindset, Taylor prioritizes investor relationships as the foundation of Blue Ridge’s advancement in the industry and the ever-growing investor client list is proof of his unwavering relational commitment. 

You can also find Taylor involved heavily in supporting local community missions, organizations, and events as his local roots remain strong in supporting the upstate’s growth surge sustainably. 

Transformative Personal Growth in Entrepreneurship (Ep. 19)

Transformative Personal Growth in Entrepreneurship (Ep. 19)

Don’t rest on your laurels! Personal growth is a crucial factor for attorneys and entrepreneurs who want to achieve success and fulfillment in their businesses and lives. 

In this episode, Greg DuPont explores the power of personal growth and development for attorneys and entrepreneurs drawing on lessons from Tony Robbins’ “Date with Destiny.” Greg also dives into historical wisdom from figures like Napoleon Hill and Dan Sullivan, emphasizing mindfulness and seizing opportunities for development. 

Listen in as Greg also highlights the coaching culture at Wealth Solutions Network and the importance of community support.

Greg discusses: 

  • His decision to focus on personal growth and development, influenced by his increasing role as a coach
  • The reliance on research in the systems of Tony Robbins and Dan Sullivan
  • Napoleon Hill’s influence and the impact of his work on success principles
  • His plan to maintain balance, leadership, and focus as the March to a Million initiative grows
  • The power of setting intentions and designing your future to attract opportunities and tools
  • A story illustrating the power of the subconscious, healing, and the cosmic elements of life
  • The coaching-centric culture at Wealth Solutions Network and its impact on client relationships and professional growth
  • And more!

 

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The Potential of Annuities (Ep. 18)

The Potential of Annuities (Ep. 18)

Annuities are financial products that offer an income stream, usually for retirees.

However, annuities also have some drawbacks, such as fees, surrender charges, and tax implications. 

How can attorneys help their clients in this subject? Can they fit into their estate plans?

In this episode, Greg DuPont explores the world of annuities. He dives into the reasons behind the hesitation towards annuities, highlighting the disconnect between the product’s benefits and public perception. Additionally, Greg also touches on the evolution of annuities, distinguishing between variable and fixed indexed annuities, and emphasizes the importance of understanding annuities as a tool for preserving, protecting, and transferring assets.

Greg discusses: 

  • The negative perception of annuities and the high demand for the product
  • The various types of annuities, including fixed, variable, and indexed annuities
  • Important factors to consider when selecting annuities
  • A potential market disruption and the role of fixed indexed annuity in providing a financial safety net
  • The importance of providing certainty and control to clients, especially during uncertain market times
  • The importance of continuing to learn annuity principles and incorporating them into estate planning 
  • And more!

 

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The Hidden Dangers & Benefits of Life Insurance Policies with David Kottler, J.D., C.A.P. (Ep. 17)

The Hidden Dangers & Benefits of Life Insurance Policies with David Kottler, J.D., C.A.P. (Ep. 17)

Life insurance is more than just a way to protect your loved ones in case of your death. It has the potential to be a powerful tool to enhance your wealth, optimize your taxes, and secure your financial future. 

However, not all life insurance policies are created equal, and many people are unaware of the hidden risks and opportunities that lie within their contracts. 

In this episode, Greg DuPont sits down with David Kottler, The Life Insurance Doctor, to explore the power of life insurance as a wealth protection tool. They touch on the concept of “DOA” (Dead on Arrival) and the critical issues that lead to policy lapses. David shares real-life success stories where he helped clients maximize retirement income and avoid financial loss.

Greg and David discuss: 

  • David’s background as The Life Insurance Doctor
  • The waste that occurs with life insurance policies and the importance of a policy review to eliminate this waste
  • The three critical problems that lead to life insurance lapses: design flaws, omission to fund the policy properly, and a lack of professional review
  • Real-life cases where clients faced potential financial pitfalls with life insurance policies
  • The need for advocates to prioritize clients’ interests, insisting on independent professional reviews
  • And more!

 

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About Our Guest:

David Kottler has helped clients generate over $10MM of cash and tax benefits in the past 12 months utilizing his “True Value” Life Insurance Review Process. Clients need advocates for their life insurance portfolios to both bring the needed information regarding their rights and values as well as uncovering hidden problems and resolving them. Life insurance is a complicated contract with many nuances that most clients and advisors are not aware of.

It is gratifying for him to be in a position to help such clients and enable them to meet their family and legacy goals through his work. His passion is philanthropy. There is a great need for education and guidance for high net-worth clients who wish to align their life goals with their hard-earned wealth to enable them to understand the “Why” component of their planning. His objectives are to collaborate with clients and his strategic relationships to produce the best results for them financially and philanthropically.

The Success of WSN’s Founder’s Club (Ep. 16)

The Success of WSN’s Founder’s Club (Ep. 16)

The journey of professional growth and collaboration is always a cause for celebration. 

Today, we take a moment to acknowledge the significant milestone achieved by the Wealth Solutions Network (WSN) while also reviewing the ‘greatest hits’ of knowledge that Greg has brought to the show over the last several months.

Greg DuPont celebrates the official closing of the Founder’s Club for the Wealth Solutions Network (WSN), with 10 members signed up and more considering joining. The network offers learning opportunities for attorneys at all stages of their careers and Greg emphasizes the power of networking to fuel growth. 

Greg discusses: 

  • The official close of the Founder’s Club within the Wealth Solutions Network and the positive response they have received
  • The excitement of having ten members in the Founder’s Club, as well as expectations for future members and the potential for further growth
  • The formation of a vibrant community within the Founder’s Club.
  • The importance of delivering personal support and hand-holding to the members
  • How the message of the Wealth Solutions Network resonated with the target audience and attracted like-minded individuals who want to fulfill the mission
  • How attracting the core group of members was achieved through a combination of networking, social media, and effective lead funnels
  • And more!

 

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The Biggest Highlights from the March to a Million Podcast (Ep. 15)

The Biggest Highlights from the March to a Million Podcast (Ep. 15)

Over the last 14 episodes of the March to a Million podcast, we have shared a significant amount of valuable information about the Wealth Solutions Network and how attorneys can play a vital role in their client’s financial well-being.

Today, we do a recap of all these details and more!

In this episode, Greg DuPont recaps the key points and greatest hits of previous shows. He touches on the birth of the Wealth Solutions Network and the six pillars that form its foundation. Additionally, Greg shares a success story and describes the ideal member for WSN.

Greg discusses: 

  • The genesis of his idea to positively impact 1 million lives by creating an army of financially minded attorneys
  • The six pillars that form the foundation of the Wealth Solutions Network and how they work together to provide solutions
  • The upcoming transfer of wealth and how estate planning attorneys can play a crucial role in this process
  • A success story of how he helped a client inherit a significant amount of wealth and retire comfortably, highlighting the effectiveness of the system
  • The ideal candidate for joining the Wealth Solutions Network
  • His goal for the Founders Club and the purpose of stress testing and establishing proof of concept
  • And more!

 

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A Guide to Marketing and Building Long-Term Relationships for Attorneys with Charley Mann (Ep. 14)

A Guide to Marketing and Building Long-Term Relationships for Attorneys with Charley Mann (Ep. 14)

One of the most important skills for any professional is effective communication with clients and prospects.

This is especially true for estate planning attorneys, who deal with complex and sensitive matters that require trust.

However, many lawyers struggle with marketing their services and building long-term relationships with their clients.

In this episode, Greg DuPont talks with Charley Mann, Founder of Law Firm Alchemy, about the importance of relationship-building and marketing in the legal profession. They challenge the conventional transactional mindset of attorneys and emphasize the need for a more client-centric approach. They also explore the evolving business model of law firms and the potential shift from specialization to generalization.

Greg and Charley discuss: 

  • The purpose of marketing and the difference between building awareness and getting clients
  • Why shift from a transactional to a relationship-based approach
  • The responsibility of staying connected with clients
  • The importance of personalized and targeted marketing strategies for law firms
  • The concept of information-based direct response marketing 
  • The traditional model of specialization in estate planning and the move towards a more generalized approach
  • The need for estate planners to move upmarket and adapt to the changes brought by AI and technology
  • And more

 

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About Our Guest:

Charley Mann is the founder of the Law Firm Alchemy. Law Firm Alchemy seeks out the independent, entrepreneurial law firm owner who wants to learn how to fish, not just have fish handed to him or her. Their service comes through our coaching and courses. These are designed with the intention (one of our core values) of deep impact.

How they achieve impact looks different than many others. They aim for positive relationships, even through a course you may watch. The audience is always first in their minds. If they can’t get you to pay attention, it doesn’t matter how good the advice is, it won’t be heard. And the secret to keeping your attention is making it clear that they know you’re there and they respect your intention of learning, your ambition to grow, and your desire to sharpen your axe.

Simplifying the Complexity of Indices with Laurence Black (Ep. 13)

Simplifying the Complexity of Indices with Laurence Black (Ep. 13)

Choosing the right index for your investment goals can be a daunting task, especially when there are millions of options available.

How do you know which one is best suited for your risk tolerance, time horizon, and expected returns? How do you evaluate the performance and design of different indexes and ETFs?

These are some of the questions that many investors face when they enter the world of index-linked products.

In this episode, Greg DuPont chats with Laurence Black, Founder of The Index Standard®,  a company that rates and evaluates ETFs and indices used in the insurance and structured product space. They explore the challenge of choosing the right index among the many available and the importance of forward-looking due diligence. Laurence emphasizes the need for diversification and preparing for unforeseen events in the investment world.

Together they discuss: 

  • The importance of taking a forward-looking approach when choosing an index
  • The Index Standard’s three-step forecasting process
  • The significance of diversification in dealing with unknown risks and protecting oneself in the investment world
  • The benefits of exchange traded funds (ETFs) compared to mutual funds
  • How The Index Standard evaluates and categorizes the largest index-linked ETFs based on their robustness and design
  • The valuable insights you’ll gain from the training with Laurence, simplifying the complexity of insurance indices for informed decision-making
  • And more!

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About Our Guest:

Laurence Black is the founder of The Index Standard® and an index advisor to Robert J. Shiller, Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University.

Before founding The Index Standard®, Laurence was Managing Director and Head of Quantitative Indices and Strategies at Barclays, where he oversaw the development of the Barclays index family. In addition to designing some of the first smart beta/factor indices, Laurence spearheaded Barclays’ index partnerships with Professors Robert Shiller and Nouriel Roubini, as well as Novus Partners.

Before Barclays, Laurence was Head of Indices at ABN AMRO in London, where he successfully launched indices with well-known investors such as Jim Rogers and Joel Greenblatt. Before ABN AMRO, Laurence worked at Lehman Brothers, Deutsche Bank, and Credit Suisse.

Laurence holds an MBA from the University of Warwick and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cape Town. When not thinking about financial matters, he can mostly be found on a tennis court.