Business and Wealth
Every time the stock market jolts up or down, it’s relaying information about expected risk and return. For many, this jolting sends a shiver down their spine. Business owners who rely on the sale of their business to provide the majority of their retirement assets experience an additional shiver when the competitive forces of the business cycle threaten their revenues, profits, and cash flows.
When you feel this market turbulence threatening your success, you may find Synergy Asset Management’s Lifestyle Protection Planning Process (LPPP) a welcome solution. The LPPP integrates business financial planning and analysis (FP&A) with personal financial planning and analysis, providing you with a coordinated and comprehensive strategy for financial security.
The core of FP&A is business valuation, which includes a process for increasing the market value and sale price of your business. The core of personal financial planning is investment management, which includes estate management procedures that safeguard your wealth.
Think of these two financial planning components as though you’re on one side of a bridge, working to get to the other side. The side you’re on is the current value of your business
and personal wealth, and the side you want to attain is your well-funded retirement. The middle of the bridge is the gap between what you have now, and what you need to have. The successful sale of your business is the essential key to crossing this bridge.
What is your business worth and is it enough to secure your retirement?
Finding the right combination of business financial planning and personal financial planning while continually monitoring and adjusting your plans as conditions change inevitably leads to your success.
Here is how it works.
THREE SIMPLE STEPS TO PRESERVE YOUR LIFESTYLE.
Lifestyle Wealth Assessment
The Lifestyle Wealth Assessment has two parts.
After identifying and ranking your goals, our discovery process reviews your current situation. We analyze your business’s value and also study your personal assets, liabilities, taxes, cash flows, and the financial facts important to both your business’s success and the preservation of your lifestyle. Together, these two sets of information provide a comprehensive understanding of what we call the Lifestyle Planning Portals, allowing us to now advance your progress.
6 Lifestyle Planning Portals
Our next step is to use the information we’ve learned to establish two benchmarks, one for your business, and one for your investment portfolio.
Your Lifestyle Return Benchmark™ (LRB) is the rate of return your portfolio needs to achieve your lifestyle goals and aspirations. Importantly, we incorporate the value of your business into your LRB along with all your assets and liabilities.
The LRB process converts your lifestyle goals and aspirations into your personalized rate of return objective. Additionally, it establishes your customized rate of return benchmark, which is far more reliable than a random benchmark, like the S&P 500, which is an unrelated measurement and has no bearing on your precise personal financial requirements.
We establish your LRB through our proprietary required rate of return (RRR) process. Each year we compare your LRB with your portfolio’s actual return to ensure you are progressing in the right direction. If your portfolio is not fully on track, we reevaluate your plan and make the necessary adjustments that are economically possible. Moreover, we educate you on the other available options you have to stay on course. As a special benefit, every other year or so, we update your business valuation report so your LRB stays accurate.
Investment success depends on the integration of our client’s unique circumstances with prudent long-term strategies having a high probability of achieving our client’s financial goals.
Your Lifestyle Return Benchmark™ (LRB).
The RRR process
Client specifies their minimum desired and sustainable level of spending
Client specifies their willingness to take risk
Synergy helps client determine their ability to take risk
Synergy translates this into a minimum absolute return requirement
Beginning portfolio value
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Now that your business’s true market value and the financial baseline of your lifestyle have been defined and calculated as a number (LRB), it’s time to use your LRB to build your portfolio.
We accomplish this in tandem with your business’s risk and return profile. If, for example, you have a more unpredictable business, we accommodate this by being more conservative when building your investment portfolio. On the other hand, if your business is more predictable, there is more leeway for risk in your investment portfolio.
Build a portfolio that aims to achieve your LRB with as little risk as possible.
Our objective is true wealth accumulation, preservation, and distribution
through sensible and thoroughly tested portfolio construction practices
which result in market-level returns with reasonable risk. If your lifestyle
planning calls for a more conservative approach, we can achieve that for
you, too. This tactic may result in a slightly lower rate of expected return,
but it provides better protection in the event of a severe bear market.
Most business owners prefer a plan ensuring their standard of living
against severe short-term loss while allowing them to maintain and
improve their lifestyle over time. The goal is not to beat the S&P 500, but
rather, and most importantly, to earn your precision-crafted, personalized
lifestyle return benchmark™ (LRB).
To accomplish your objectives, we use a proprietary mix of safe and
conservative investment strategies, core portfolio strategies, satellite
(alternative) portfolio strategies and, if appropriate, a combination of
real estate and business assets. Annuities and insurance can also play an
important role in a broadly diversified portfolio to buffer sudden shocks
and unexpected perils. Based on your Lifestyle Protection Plan, we can
always adjust the size of your safe and secure investment so you can afford
to withstand more risk elsewhere if you wish.
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We include your business when building your portfolio.
We continually monitor and adjust your portfolio as market conditions change.
LIFESTYLE PROTECTION PLANNING
Risks and Phases
Synergy’s Lifestyle Protection Planning Process builds solid goals-based portfolios by integrating investment management with financial planning.
Regardless of what the markets are doing, our blend of proven strategies deliver peace of mind and the attainment of your financial success.
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