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A recent study shows older generations could transfer up to $30 trillion to heirs in coming years, but roughly two-thirds of advisors do not have a transfer plan in place for those assets, writes InvestingChannel's Bob Verrico. To capitalize on this market, Verrico suggests focusing "discussions on how to best educate clients' heirs to differentiate from other advisors, while creating a business model that is subtly unique and ensures the maintenance of the relationship."
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Sales of hybrid policies combining long-term care insurance and life insurance hit 260,000 last year, nearly four times the 66,000 sales of traditional long-term care policies. Experts say more affluent people are buying the policies to help protect their large estates from being drained later in life.
There are several estate-planning lessons advisors can learn from the controversy surrounding 95-year-old Marvel creator Stan Lee's $50 million estate, which is reportedly the target of financial predators. Experts say helping clients consolidate financial accounts, placing assets in a revocable trust and carefully choosing responsible trustees can help prevent elder abuse.
Attorney Letha Sgritta McDowell notes the trend among older couples of cohabitating but not getting married, which she writes can require additional support from advisors regarding estate planning. It is especially important that advisors draft legal documents that support clients' wishes, she writes.
Inheritance is considered vital retirement funding for 63% of affluent Americans ages 18 to 22, according to a Merrill Edge survey. Among respondents, 17% expect money from friends, 17% expect money from grandparents and 14% expect money from extended family.
Stocks pitched by hedge fund managers tend to perform more strongly than the overall market both before and after being announced at conferences, as "long pitches spike up and short pitches spike down," according to a study by Harvard University doctoral student Patrick Luo. "These results suggest that these investment conferences are closely followed by other investors and have high market impacts," Luo wrote in the study.
Venture funds headed by Robert Downey Jr., Jay-Z, Will Smith and Kevin Durant are among investors of Ethos Technologies, a startup for term life insurance. Insurance technology is growing in popularity among investors, with venture capitalists putting $9 billion into the industry since 2012, according to CB Insights.
A number of advisors offer suggestions for building trust with high-net-worth clients, who may be skeptical and less likely to open up right away. These include connecting with clients on a human level by finding a shared interest and communicating that you understand the challenges of wealth.
Professional skateboarder Tony Hawk discusses his journey as a young high-net-worth client seeking financial advice after making a few mistakes with a do-it-yourself approach to financial planning. The group he eventually found to be the right fit was willing to take new approaches and a bit more risk, and the advisors "didn't speak down to me, and that was key," Hawk says.
Niche marketing and word-of-mouth influence have a cause-and-effect relationship, writes Matt Oechsli, who lists 10 of the most common and profitable niches for advisors to target. He also identifies a five-step plan for effective niche marketing that includes developing an advocate in that community and becoming as involved as possible within that niche.
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