Tag: Financial Advisors

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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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.

The Role of Influence in The Mindset Pillar of Financial Advocacy (Ep. 11)

The Role of Influence in The Mindset Pillar of Financial Advocacy (Ep. 11)

Switching the mindset from selling to influencing is a game-changer.

The top advisors in the financial industry don’t sell – they let people come in pre-sold. 

This approach helps build trust and, eventually, strong relationships with clients.

What steps can estate planning attorneys take to become more influential with their clients?

In this episode, Greg DuPont and Matt Halloran share the sixth pillar of financial advocacy: Mindset with a shift into the importance of being influential. They explore the art of influence over sales and the importance and power of effective listening as attorneys. Greg and Matt also delve into building trust and the importance of authenticity and humility.

Greg and Matt discuss: 

  • How top advisors focus on building influence rather than selling
  • Greg’s journey of transitioning from using convincing arguments to being more influential
  • The need for experts to present their views in an easily understandable way for people to accept
  • The difference between sales and influence
  • The importance of stepping into your authority and using a humble approach to build trust in professional relationships
  • The challenge of gaining trust as a financial advisor in a world of readily available information and the importance of providing insight over opinion
  • And more!

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The Fifth Pillar of Financial Advocacy: Wealth Transfer (Ep. 9)

The Fifth Pillar of Financial Advocacy: Wealth Transfer (Ep. 9)

Safeguarding assets and ensuring their seamless transition to future generations has never been more crucial. 

That is where the role played by estate planning attorneys becomes more important than ever. 

In this episode, Greg DuPont explores the fifth pillar of financial advocacy: Wealth Transfer. He emphasizes the importance of attorneys in preserving, protecting, and transferring assets, particularly in the face of potential wealth confiscation. Greg also touches on the need for attorneys to help with tax planning and protection against market losses, and the value of life insurance.

Greg discusses: 

  • The role of estate planning attorneys in wealth transfer
  • The potential confiscation of wealth and the need for attorneys to be the last line of defense in protecting and preserving assets
  • Roth conversions, market loss protection, and the value of life insurance as a way to help clients preserve and protect their assets
  • The three secrets of wealth transfer
  • A case study demonstrating the value of proactive estate planning and highlighting the importance of being a true advocate for clients
  • And more!

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