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Financial Pyramid

There are six areas to a comprehensive financial plan. We illustrate those areas in the form of a pyramid to show how one area builds upon another. Since the action in one area affects all the others, a complete financial plan should address all six areas.


Financial Position

  • Cash reserve levels
  • Cash reserve strategies
  • Debt management
  • Cash Flow Management
  • Net worth
  • Discretionary Income
  • Expected large inflow/outflow
  • Lines of credit

Risk Management

  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Income Insurance options
  • Long term care
  • Umbrella liability
  • Deductibles vs. Cash Reserves
  • Policy status
  • Policy loans
  • Beneficiary
  • Special Needs
  • Property and Casualty (Home and Auto)

Wealth Accumulation

  • Asset allocation
  • Education Planning
  • Lump sum accumulation
  • Options/restricted stock/non qualified deferred
  • Ongoing investment fees
  • Risk tolerance
  • Tax implications
  • Cost Basis
  • Diversification strategies
  • Dollar cost averaging
  • Market Timing

Tax Planning

  • Tax reductions
  • Tax deferral
  • Tax avoidance
  • Futures taxes dues
  • Withholding
  • Tax diversification
  • Qualified investments
  • Non-qualified investments
  • Effects of liquidation
  • Filing status
  • Business ownership
  • Non traditional ownership

Retirement Planning

  • Minimum distributions
  • Pre-retirement strategies
  • 401Ks
  • IRA
  • Medicare/Medigap
  • Social security
  • Roth conversions
  • Income streams
  • Health care
  • Tax transitions
  • Risk tolerance
  • Timing issues

Estate Planning

  • Estate balancing
  • Capital transfer
  • Asset ownership
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • Trust funding
  • IRD
  • Succession planning
  • Special needs dependents
  • Minor children
  • Generation skipping
  • Short term life expectancies
  • Estate liquidity

Any discussion of taxes is for general information purposes only, does not purport to be complete or cover every situation, and should not be construed as legal, tax or accounting advice. Clients should confer with their qualified legal, tax and accounting advisors as appropriate. Estate Planning services are provided working in conjunction with your Estate Planning Attorney, Tax Attorney and/or CPA. Consult them for specific advice on legal and tax matters.