Tag: Liberated Wealth™

Exit Readiness: How to Prepare Your Business for Sale with Andrea Steinbrenner (Ep. 96)

Exit Readiness: How to Prepare Your Business for Sale with Andrea Steinbrenner (Ep. 96)

Most business owners, when asked about their timeline for exiting their business, often say it will take five years.

When you ask the same question again next year, guess what they say? Five years!

Without proper guidance and planning, you may be tempted to kick the can down the road until it’s too late.

Listen in as Zoe Singh, CFP®, Wealth Advisor at Centura Wealth Advisory, and Andrea Steinbrenner, CEO of Exit Consulting Group, share the process for an effective business exit so you can be ever-ready to transition smoothly into the next chapter of your life.

Zoe and Andrea discuss:

  • The ideal time to start your exit planning for significant tax benefits
  • The three stages of exit readiness
  • Latest market trends affecting the M&A space (especially private equity)
  • The sales process and timeline from initial business valuation to the final transaction
  • How do internal sales (family members, partners, key employees, etc.) differ from external sales (strategic buyer, PE firm, etc.)
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Andrea Steinbrenner is the Chief Executive Officer at Exit Consulting Group, Inc. (ECG). An experienced, versatile executive who has worked across a multitude of industries throughout her career, Andrea’s objective is to leave businesses better than she finds them and works hard to provide her clients and companies with the best possible outcome.

Andrea began her career in the Midwest, working her way up the managerial ladder in the retail industry. After marrying a naval officer, she attended San Diego State University and earned a Bachelor’s in accounting. She then worked for TGG Accounting, a mid-sized, outsourced accounting firm. And quickly rose through the ranks to become a fractional CFO working in a number of industries, including construction, manufacturing, retail, professional services, financial services, cannabis, hospitality, franchises, and e-commerce sectors, among others. 

Deciding to take her career in a slightly different direction, Andrea became the VP of Operations and grew the company from less than 100 clients to over 250. After receiving an EMBA, Andrea left her position and started Canopy Consulting, a business consulting firm. She was referred to Exit Consulting Group (ECG) as a consultant in 2019 and is transitioning to CEO in October 2022.

Understanding Alternative Investments: Why You Should Look Beyond Stocks and Bonds (Ep. 95)

Understanding Alternative Investments: Why You Should Look Beyond Stocks and Bonds (Ep. 95)

Alternative investments may offer significant opportunities for superior risk-adjusted returns and portfolio diversification.

Yet, many investors find their portfolios thin of these investments.

In this episode, Centura Wealth Advisory’s Chief Investment Officer, Chris Osmond, CFA, CAIA®, CFP®, talks about the world of alternative investments and their critical role in a high-net-worth portfolio. Tune in and learn how Centura Wealth Advisory (Centura) approaches alternatives based on its overarching investment philosophy.

Chris discusses:

  • Understanding the role of alternative asset classes in a diversified portfolio
  • The “core-satellite” strategy to navigate alternative investments in a risk-controlled manner
  • Centura’s comprehensive due diligence process
  • Where Centura adds significant value compared to competitors
  • And more

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How to Lower Your Capital Gains Taxes with Adam Buchwalter (Ep. 94)

How to Lower Your Capital Gains Taxes with Adam Buchwalter (Ep. 94)

Some states (like California, New Jersey, and New York) charge significant capital gains taxes. 

However, there are 8 states that have zero capital gains tax!

This disparity creates some tax planning opportunities for people living in highly taxed states.

Tune in to Derek Myron’s conversation with Adam Buchwalter, Partner at Wilson Elser, about effective tax-saving strategies for high-net-worth individuals, founder-led business owners, and C-level executives who want to reduce their capital gains taxes from a large liquidity event.

Adam and Derek discuss:

  • The benefits of setting up a non-grantor trust in a state with lower tax rates
  • ING Strategies and their tax implications
  • Why the same strategy may not work in New York or California (and what to do instead)
  • Tax advantages of QTIP Trusts
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Adam Buchwalter is engaged in the practice of estate and tax planning, including developing strategies for limiting estate and income taxes, providing for a disabled child, selecting fiduciaries to manage one’s affairs, and setting up ancillary documents including powers of attorney and advance directives for health care. Adam’s practice also deals with all aspects of estate administration, from probate and gathering assets to preparing estate tax returns and distributing assets to the estate’s beneficiaries.

Our Proprietary Liberated Wealth® Process for Ultra-High-Net-Worth Clients (Ep. 93)

Our Proprietary Liberated Wealth® Process for Ultra-High-Net-Worth Clients (Ep. 93)

Are you ready to dive into the world of proactive and comprehensive wealth management designed to help ultra-high-net-worth individuals achieve exponential results?

In this episode, Sean Clark speaks with Derek Myron, founder, CEO, and managing director of Centura Wealth Advisory (Centura), about the innovative Liberated Wealth® process. Discover the five-step journey Centura’s clients embark on, from uncovering their goals to designing personalized strategies, implementing solutions, and ongoing stewardship to ensure continued success.

Sean and Derek discuss:

  • Sophisticated planning for founder-led business owners and C-level executives
  • Differentiating “above-the-line” planning for exponential results
  • The importance of ongoing stewardship and annual review processes
  • How Centura delivers a white glove treatment at every step
  • Centura’s collaborative approach and referral system for advisors and other professionals
  • And more

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How to Plan for the Looming Estate Tax Issue (Ep. 89)

How to Plan for the Looming Estate Tax Issue (Ep. 89)

The once-generous estate and gift tax exemptions set by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) are due to sunset on December 31, 2025.

Is your estate plan ready for the challenge?

In this episode, Kyle Malmstrom, Managing Director, and Christopher Hyman, Director of Insurance Solutions, refer to strategies to reduce the estate tax liability that may significantly increase for many high-net-worth families after the TCJA expires.

Kyle and Chris discuss:

  • A brief overview of how exemption limits have changed over the years
  • The importance of creating liquidity well before the transfer of estate (especially for business and real estate owners)
  • Tax and liquidity benefits of an irrevocable life insurance trust (ILIT)
  • Why you should seek expert guidance in estate planning and structuring any trusts
  • And more

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Unbundling Financial Services and Maximizing Value for High-Net-Worth Individuals (Ep. 88)

Unbundling Financial Services and Maximizing Value for High-Net-Worth Individuals (Ep. 88)

As the financial services industry moved to a fee-based model, many firms started to ‘bundle’ their services. For example, investment management may be bundled with financial planning.

But are clients really getting maximum value from bundled services?

In this episode, Derek Myron, CFP®, Managing Director, and Sean Clark, Director of Financial Planning,  explore the benefits of unbundling financial services, especially for high-net-worth individuals and founder-led business owners.

Derek and Sean discuss:

  • The evolution of financial services toward fee-based RIAs
  • The distinction between “above the line” and “below the line” services
  • The value of income tax planning, wealth transfer planning, and balance sheet optimization
  • What to do if you feel you’re underserved (or need help finding a new professional)
  • Helpful advice for business owners considering selling their business
  • And more

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Investing Amidst Uncertainty: A 2024 Election Discussion with Michael Townsend (Ep. 87)

Investing Amidst Uncertainty: A 2024 Election Discussion with Michael Townsend (Ep. 87)

Are you worried about the impact of the 2024 election on the markets and your investments?

Especially when geopolitical tensions, the uncertainty of tax law changes, the ousting of the Speaker of the House, and the threat of a government shutdown are adding to the stress?

In this episode, Matt Griffith, CFP®, Senior Wealth Advisor, and Chris Osmond, CFA, CAIA®, CFP®, Chief Investment Officer, speak with Michael Townsend, Managing Director, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs at Charles Schwab & Company. Join them as they explore potential market implications of the upcoming U.S. presidential elections.

Michael discusses:

  • An overview of the current political landscape
  • The ongoing speculation of Biden, Trump, or both dropping out
  • Potential implications of a divided government and/or a split Congress
  • How markets have historically performed before and after elections
  • The importance of cutting through the noise (and emotions) and focusing on long-term goals
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Michael is Schwab’s Washington-based political analyst. With more than 30 years of Washington experience, he analyzes legislative, regulatory, and political developments to determine how they would affect individual investors, retirement plan participants, and investment advisers.

Michael is the host of Schwab’s WashingtonWise podcast, which explores the intersection between policy, politics, the markets, and the economy. He is a featured speaker at dozens of employee, client, adviser, and industry events each year, where he discusses the impact of the political and policy environment in Washington on investors and the capital markets.

Prior to joining Schwab in 2000, Michael worked at Powell Tate, Inc., a Washington, D.C., public affairs firm, and previously worked for two U.S. senators from Maine. He holds an M.A. in English from George Mason University and a B.A. in English from Bowdoin College.

Keys to Building an Amazing Corporate Culture and a Rockstar Team (Ep. 86)

Keys to Building an Amazing Corporate Culture and a Rockstar Team (Ep. 86)

With companies shifting to a hybrid work environment, it has become challenging to maintain a strong corporate culture, attract top talent, and build high-performing teams.

In this episode, Derek Myron, CEO, and Jonathan Freeman, COO, share actionable ideas to build a thriving corporate culture. They tap into best practices that have helped Centura Wealth Advisory (Centura) enhance communication, foster trust, and improve team morale.

Derek and Jonathan discuss:

  • The challenges of expanding a team across the country
  • Centura’s tried-and-tested team building ideas (Waffle Wednesdays, the 48-hour rule, and more!)
  • How to improve communication and trust at every level of the organization
  • What it takes to become an employer of choice
  • And more

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How Centura Creates Value for High-Net-Worth Individuals (Ep. 85)

How Centura Creates Value for High-Net-Worth Individuals (Ep. 85)

As your wealth grows, your financial planning needs become significantly more complex.

At Centura Wealth Advisory (Centura), we specialize in serving high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, helping them lighten the burdens of wealth!

In this episode, Kyle Malmstrom and Sean Clark, MBA, talk about Centura’s Liberated Wealth® process, including an overview of our sophisticated wealth management and tax planning strategies.

Kyle and Sean discuss:

  • Why Centura differs from other wealth management firms
  • How to move the needle with above-the-line planning (income tax, wealth transfer, and balance sheet optimization)
  • Centura’s rigorous due diligence process
  • How Centura taps into 50+ planning strategies to find the right solution for clients
  • And more

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Delivering Exponential Client Value via Joint Casework with Gregg Gottlieb (Ep. 84)

Delivering Exponential Client Value via Joint Casework with Gregg Gottlieb (Ep. 84)

Advisors, are you seeking the secret to delivering unparalleled value to your high-net-worth clients?

In a world where wealth advisory excellence is defined by innovation and collaboration, you might want to explore the power of joint casework.

In this episode, Samantha Lawrence, CFP®, Associate Advisor, interviews Gregg Gottlieb, CFP®, co-founder of Regal Wealth Advisors, about his experience working with Centura Wealth Advisory (Centura) and its Elite Advisor Collaboration Program (EACP).

Gregg discusses:

  • The importance of collaboration in the wealth management industry
  • Why he found the joint casework experience financially and professionally rewarding
  • An example of how his partnership with Centura benefitted his client
  • How Centura’s radical transparency with its Liberated Wealth® process helped him improve his own practice
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Gregg Gottlieb co-founded Regal Wealth Advisors in 2006 to help create a company dedicated to wealth development, preservation, and transfer to subsequent generations. Gregg has over 20 years of experience in the financial advisory industry developing and helping to implement financial plans for individuals and business owners. He also has specialized experience working with complex life and health insurance matters, strategically integrating them within comprehensive, tailored financial plans.

Gregg earned his undergraduate degree in human resources at Muhlenberg College. He subsequently completed the Certified Financial Planning Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University and earned the CFP® designation. Greg holds life, health, and property and casualty insurance licenses, as well as Series 63, Series 65, and Series 7 securities licenses through LPL Financial.