An interview with National Director of Financial Planning (NNTP), Wells Fargo Private Client Services Q: What is wealth management and how does it differ from investment management? A: Investment management is the process of managing financial assets like SST socks, bonds, cash and mutual funds in order to achieve a specific goal like retirement NT or college funding.
Wealth management expands the focus considerably by Loki virtually everything that impacts an individual’s net worth: a predicatively buss ones, arsenal residence, vacation property, insurance, loans, taxes, the needs of beneficiaries and so on. “A good wealth manager saves the client time and helps the client address the SSE issues that create the most value. ” Q: When business owners consider this total networks package, is there a particular area they tend to overlook or neglect?
A: Business owners seldom pay enough attention to estate planning because I its difficult and, to a certain extent, it’s unpleasant. They also tend to forget that r detriment benefits and life insurance policies should be treated as part of an overall est. et. If these assets are managed improperly or ignored, the IRS will gladly pay attend ion to them. Q: What’s the most common mistake business owners make when it comes t o managing personal wealth? A: Neglect. They simply don’t have the time to handle the tremendous number r of details wealth management requires.
If you’re already working our weeks, how m such time can you can spend considering how assets are titled, or whether there are me thuds of shifting tax burdens to family members in lower brackets, or whether there’s too much risk in an investment portfolio? Q: Since most business owners already have relationships with professionals such as tax advisors, lawyers and bankers, why do they need wealth manager A: Wealth management pulls all the disciplines together on the client’s behalf.
You can have the greatest players of all time on your team, but if they don’t play tog her you won’t win any championships. So a wealth manager works with a lineup of leg al and financial advisors to implement an aggregated game plan. Q: Is there a institutionalizes wealth management approach that works for Owen RSI of, say, tech firms and retailers or agribusinesses? A: There are significant differences for each type of business. A family farm, of example, can utilize a family limited partnership, where a publicly traded etc h firm cannot.
On the other hand, the shareholder of a publicly traded firm can some times gift stock options to an irrevocable trust. There are hundreds Of income and estate e tax strategies. The job of a wealth management team is to pick the right approach h for the individual situation. Q: Does wealth management include succession planning for familiarized businesses? A: Absolutely. You can’t manage wealth if you’re not paying attention to a clue it’s largest asset. Succession planning is typically something that needs a team of players and considerable clarification of personal values.
What does an individual ultimate lay want to do with a business? What’s important to them? It’s really a decision based MO re on principles than economics. Q: Stock options have become an increasingly popular way of rewarding and motivating people, including business owners. What do option holders need t o consider before exercising? A: Most people know they have to consider the regulatory and tax issues care fully fore making a decision to exercise. What many option holders don’t think a bout is that a small change in the underlying stock price can override those issues.
In add Zion, option holders usually have what amounts to an unhealthy concentration in t he stock, and those securities tend to be restricted as well. So managing stock options needs to be part of an overall wealth management plan. Q: You’re suggesting that option holders worry primarily about tax consequences sec when the real issue is far broader? A: People get so focused on deferring $200,000 of taxes that they ignore the f CT that a one dollar drop in the price of the underlying stock can result in a paper loss of $500,000.
Taxes are certainly an issue, but they’re not the only issue. Q: Speaking of taxes, are there some estate planning approaches that are use full for entrepreneurs? A: One program that’s particularly effective is spectacular life insurance. As an individual, can own either the cash value or the death benefits associated with a policy. The other portion can be owned by somebody else. For example, the corporation can o wan the death benefits and a beneficiary can own the cash values. It’s a method of get ting life insurance for an individual at a very low cost.
Q: What about the outright gifting of assets? A: There are many ways to accomplish that, but each needs to be looked at ex tremble carefully because there are complex rules that govern the permanent shifting of assets. That said, I’d cite transferable stock options as one example of an effective GIF ting strategy. If you pay the tax on the difference between an option’s current value e and the strike price, you can then gift that option to a charitable remainder trust or a f amply member.
If the stock then appreciates significantly over time, you ‘eve transfer red value out of the company while avoiding a significant amount of the tax bite. Q: Does a wealth management strategy get implemented all at once or are the ere a number of gradual steps? A: It’s a process, not an event. It’s taken years for the business owner to build the company and gain the wealth the company represents. By the same token, it may take years to properly enhance and protect that wealth. A good wealth manage NT team takes the time to evaluate all the issues, then starts with those that are easy f r the client to do.
At the same time, the team should be emphasizing the strategies that are most critical for the client whether they’re easy to accomplish or not. Q: Are you suggesting that the implementation of a wealth management strata edgy is difficult for the business owner? A: I don’t want to make this sound like a root canal procedure. As part of a we lath management team there are many things I handle for my clients without the m getting involved. A good wealth manager saves the client time and helps the client ad dress those issues that create the most value.
Q: After the implementation of a good wealth management strategy, does the business owner find that there’s a blowtorch benefit to the company? A: Most of our clients tell us they value our advice on issues like employee be unfits, scofflaws management, improving returns on accounts and business tax man augment. You can’t separate a business from its owner; it’s one package. The entrepreneur ear’s the expert in his particular area of expertise, but most business owners find there ‘s a beneficial transfer of knowledge to the areas where they’re not experts.
Q: What should a business owner look for in a wealth manager? A: A good wealth manager needs high levels of expertise and an ability to word alongside professionals who are currently serving a client’s legal and financial needs. By the time I finish looking at a client’s situation, understand their cash flow, their tax bracket, their scofflaws projections for the next 1 5 years, the risk involved in t he business and other assets. Investment and insurance products.