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If this recent market meltdown has taught us anything it is to make sure you are diversified over several investments and asset classes. Would you recommend that a client put 80% or more of their assets into a single investment? Of course not, but a large percentage of your clients actually have that level of concentration. Your clients that are business owners likely have 80% or more of their family’s net worth tied up in their business. For more information visit this site;fee-based personal financial advisory.

On top of that, privately held businesses are illiquid assets often requiring one to two years to sell. So for your baby boomer business owner clients, it is time to have some tough discussions. It is time to move your financial advisory practice beyond the scope of a provider of financial products to an advisor on family wealth maximization solutions.

Business owners are typically not proactive when it comes to exit planning or succession planning in their business because it forces them to embrace their own mortality. Well, they just need to get over it. If an owner has a sudden debilitating health issue or unexpectedly dies, instead of getting full value for the company, his estate can sell it out of bankruptcy two years later for ten cents on the dollar. This is a punishing financial result for the lack of appropriate planning.

Many financial advisors feel uncomfortable having these types of discussions with their clients. Because of the business owner’s reluctance to plan for his business exit, you should actively get out in front of the process with your client. This decision and how it is executed will be the single most impactful event in your client’s financial future.

As your business owner clients approach retirement, you need to help them with investment decisions that employ sound diversification and liquidity strategies. Their business is generally the largest, most illiquid, and most risky investment in their total wealth portfolio. Their successful business exit should be executed with the same diligence, knowledge, experience and skill that you regularly apply to their other asset class decisions.

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