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The Need for Wealth Management Before and After You Sell Your Business

This article puts a real emphasis on the importance of carefully considered wealth management and in particular, the benefits of such planning when you choose to sell your business.

Effective wealth management should be an important aspect of all stages of your career. That’s because wealth management is designed to coordinate a broad range of components of your financial life over time – from investments to estate planning, asset protection planning and charitable giving – around your needs and wants. It’s also designed to coordinate a team of experts to help deliver the financial outcomes you seek.

  • A windfall from the sale of a business can present investment management problems that must be addressed.
  • Estate planning can become a big issue if you sell your business for a lot of money.
  • Assets also should be protected post-sale.

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The Need for Wealth Management Before and After You Sell Your Business

Other notes and risk warnings

This article contains the opinions of the authors but not necessarily Donald Wealth Management (the Firm) and does not represent a recommendation of any particular security, strategy or investment product. Information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed. It is not a promotion of Donald Wealth Management’s services. Donald Wealth Management strongly suggests that no investor should act on any of these ideas without first seeking financial advice.

Past performance is not indicative of future results and no representation is made that the stated results will be replicated. The value of an investment is not guaranteed and on encashment you may not get back the full amount invested. Errors and omissions excepted.

Donald Wealth Management is a trading style of Donald Asset Management Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom (FRN: 223784). Donald Asset Management Limited is registered in England and Wales under Company No. 4675082. The registered office address of the Firm is: Stable End, 12 Heather Court Gardens, Four Oaks, West Midlands, B74 2ST.

Inheritors and the Quest for Legitimacy

The wealth that inheritors receive from parents or grandparents is often accompanied by feelings of self-doubt and guilt. Many inheritors have a great desire – a need, even – to justify their wealth and prove to those around them that they deserve all that unearned money.

This drive for legitimacy can empower inheritors to achieve great things – but it can also come with a dark side that creates wealth-destroying problems.

  • Some inheritors feel guilty about their wealth and feel intense pressure to justify their good fortune.
  • Building and running highly successful companies can help inheritors feel a sense of worthiness.
  • Engaging in meaningful philanthropy is another way for some inheritors to gain legitimacy.

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Inheritors and the Quest for Legitimacy

Other notes and risk warnings

This article contains the opinions of the authors but not necessarily Donald Wealth Management (the Firm) and does not represent a recommendation of any particular security, strategy or investment product. Information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed. It is not a promotion of Donald Wealth Management’s services. Donald Wealth Management strongly suggests that no investor should act on any of these ideas without first seeking financial advice.

Past performance is not indicative of future results and no representation is made that the stated results will be replicated. The value of an investment is not guaranteed and on encashment you may not get back the full amount invested. Errors and omissions excepted.

Donald Wealth Management is a trading style of Donald Asset Management Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom (FRN: 223784). Donald Asset Management Limited is registered in England and Wales under Company No. 4675082. The registered office address of the Firm is: Stable End, 12 Heather Court Gardens, Four Oaks, West Midlands, B74 2ST.

 

Stress Testing Your Wealth Plan: Three Keys to Success

We see that stress testing is becoming an increasingly popular activity among the wealthy and their advisors. It involves putting a wealth plan through its paces – evaluating and accessing it to see if the strategies being used are likely to achieve a wealthy family’s key financial goals and objectives. Stress testing also seeks to identify any strategies or opportunities that are currently being overlooked but that could add significant value to the family’s financial life.

  • Seek out professionals who really “get” what stress testing is all about.
  • A professional has to know you as a person to do an effective stress test.
  • Technically skilled professionals can add the most value to a stress test.

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Other notes and risk warnings

This article contains the opinions of the authors but not necessarily Donald Wealth Management (the Firm) and does not represent a recommendation of any particular security, strategy or investment product. Information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed. It is not a promotion of Donald Wealth Management’s services. Donald Wealth Management strongly suggests that no investor should act on any of these ideas without first seeking financial advice.

Past performance is not indicative of future results and no representation is made that the stated results will be replicated. The value of an investment is not guaranteed and on encashment you may not get back the full amount invested. Errors and omissions excepted.

Donald Wealth Management is a trading style of Donald Asset Management Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom (FRN: 223784). Donald Asset Management Limited is registered in England and Wales under Company No. 4675082. The registered office address of the Firm is: Stable End, 12 Heather Court Gardens, Four Oaks, West Midlands, B74 2ST.

 

 

 

 

When Selling a Business, Failing to Plan Is Planning to Fail

This article takes a good look into why planning when selling your business can help you to be all the more successful. Let this article help to shape your actions and ensure your personal wealth is also protected when you consider selling a business.

The goal of many successful entrepreneurs is to sell their companies for top dollar – maybe in the near future, maybe decades from now. Successful sales not only validate owners’ skills and hard work, but also tend to make entrepreneurs a whole lot wealthier than ever before.

Unfortunately, many of those entrepreneurs may be in for a rude awakening. The fact is, far too many entrepreneurs these days – even some who are trying to be proactive and get set up for success down the road – are not prepared to get the most out of selling their companies. The reason: They haven’t taken a few key steps that can position them for the outcomes they most want.

  • Most entrepreneurs who want to sell their companies don’t have formal plans in place to ensure they get top dollar, based on our experience.
  • Even business owners who have transition plans usually don’t focus on maximising their post sale personal wealth.
  • Don’t leave money on the table – make sure your planning is comprehensive.

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Other notes and risk warnings

This article contains the opinions of the authors but not necessarily Donald Wealth Management (the Firm) and does not represent a recommendation of any particular security, strategy or investment product. Information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed. It is not a promotion of Donald Wealth Management’s services. Donald Wealth Management strongly suggests that no investor should act on any of these ideas without first seeking financial advice.

Past performance is not indicative of future results and no representation is made that the stated results will be replicated. The value of an investment is not guaranteed and on encashment you may not get back the full amount invested. Errors and omissions excepted.

Donald Wealth Management is a trading style of Donald Asset Management Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom (FRN: 223784). Donald Asset Management Limited is registered in England and Wales under Company No. 4675082. The registered office address of the Firm is: Stable End, 12 Heather Court Gardens, Four Oaks, West Midlands, B74 2ST.

 

 

The Art of Dealing with Successful Toxic Narcissists

Have you ever felt like the world revolves around you? Congratulations – you may be a narcissist!
Don’t fret – you’re in good company. Everyone of us can be a narcissist sometimes. In business, narcissism can be a good thing that can help fuel success – in the right dose, that is.
Narcissism runs along a spectrum, from healthy to toxic. Dealing with healthy narcissists can be relatively easy. On the other hand, toxic narcissists can be very complicated and problematic to deal with.
What’s more, we find from experience that some very wealthy and powerful people are toxic narcissists. That means you may encounter such people on your own path to success.

  • Some wealthy and powerful people are toxic narcissists – which means you may have to learn how to deal with them to get what you want.
  • Confronting them and trying to change their minds is a strategy that is likely to fail.
  • Outthinking them and using their need to be flattered to your advantage can be key to meeting your own agenda.

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Other notes and risk warnings

This article contains the opinions of the authors but not necessarily Donald Wealth Management (the Firm) and does not represent a recommendation of any particular security, strategy or investment product. Information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed. It is not a promotion of Donald Wealth Management’s services. Donald Wealth Management strongly suggests that no investor should act on any of these ideas without first seeking financial advice.

Past performance is not indicative of future results and no representation is made that the stated results will be replicated. The value of an investment is not guaranteed and on encashment you may not get back the full amount invested. Errors and omissions excepted.

Donald Wealth Management is a trading style of Donald Asset Management Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom (FRN: 223784). Donald Asset Management Limited is registered in England and Wales under Company No. 4675082. The registered office address of the Firm is: Stable End, 12 Heather Court Gardens, Four Oaks, West Midlands, B74 2ST.

The Super Rich’s Three Big Fears – and How They Work to Overcome Them

Significant wealth can reduce many of life’s troubles and anxieties – but it can’t eliminate them entirely. Even the richest among us have fears.

What’s more, they often share many of the same worries the rest of us have.

But there is one difference: The wealthy take some highly effective action steps to address those worries and, quite often, overcome them. With that in mind, here’s a look at the three biggest fears of the Super Rich – those people with a net worth of at least $500 million – and some ways they combat those fears.

  • In our experience working with the Super Rich, we find that health, family and wealth concerns are among their biggest fears.
  • The right professionals can aid in overcoming concerns in all three areas.
  • A technique called stress testing can identify potential problems before they become big issues.

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Other notes and risk warnings

This article contains the opinions of the authors but not necessarily Donald Wealth Management (the Firm) and does not represent a recommendation of any particular security, strategy or investment product. Information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed. It is not a promotion of Donald Wealth Management’s services. Donald Wealth Management strongly suggests that no investor should act on any of these ideas without first seeking financial advice.

Past performance is not indicative of future results and no representation is made that the stated results will be replicated. The value of an investment is not guaranteed and on encashment you may not get back the full amount invested. Errors and omissions excepted.

Donald Wealth Management is a trading style of Donald Asset Management Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom (FRN: 223784). Donald Asset Management Limited is registered in England and Wales under Company No. 4675082. The registered office address of the Firm is: Stable End, 12 Heather Court Gardens, Four Oaks, West Midlands, B74 2ST.

Three Money Mistakes the Super Rich Don’t Make

The self-made Super Rich – those with a net worth of $500 million or more – aren’t immune to making mistakes with their wealth. But we find that they do tend to avoid certain crucial errors that might otherwise impact their bottom lines and financial futures.

  • Be crystal clear about what you want your wealth to accomplish – and don’t lose sight of those goals.
  • Avoid financial advisors who don’t have what it takes to help you – or worse, who seek to actively harm your financial future.
  • Engage in regular financial checkups – and get a second opinion whenever you feel uncertain.

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Other notes and risk warnings

This article contains the opinions of the authors but not necessarily Donald Wealth Management (the Firm) and does not represent a recommendation of any particular security, strategy or investment product. Information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed. It is not a promotion of Donald Wealth Management’s services. Donald Wealth Management strongly suggests that no investor should act on any of these ideas without first seeking financial advice.

Past performance is not indicative of future results and no representation is made that the stated results will be replicated. The value of an investment is not guaranteed and on encashment you may not get back the full amount invested. Errors and omissions excepted.

Donald Wealth Management is a trading style of Donald Asset Management Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom (FRN: 223784). Donald Asset Management Limited is registered in England and Wales under Company No. 4675082. The registered office address of the Firm is: Stable End, 12 Heather Court Gardens, Four Oaks, West Midlands, B74 2ST.

Perseverance: The Secret Sauce to Building Personal Wealth

One of the most important components of billionaire intelligence is perseverance.  The ability to keep going and stick to it – especially when times are tough – is a cornerstone to many of the greatest accomplishment achieved by the self-made Super Rich (net worth of $500 million or more).

  • Failure is not optional – it’s given. Therefore, perseverance is essential to building wealth.
  • Perseverance stems largely from having self-efficacy – the ability to say “I can” in specific situations, and believe it.
  • Perseverance can be learned and strengthened over time through resources like mastermind groups, red teaming exercises, and working with consultants and peers.

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Other notes and risk warnings

This article contains the opinions of the authors but not necessarily Donald Wealth Management (the Firm) and does not represent a recommendation of any particular security, strategy or investment product. Information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed. It is not a promotion of Donald Wealth Management’s services. Donald Wealth Management strongly suggests that no investor should act on any of these ideas without first seeking financial advice.

Past performance is not indicative of future results and no representation is made that the stated results will be replicated. The value of an investment is not guaranteed and on encashment you may not get back the full amount invested. Errors and omissions excepted.

Donald Wealth Management is a trading style of Donald Asset Management Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom (FRN: 223784). Donald Asset Management Limited is registered in England and Wales under Company No. 4675082. The registered office address of the Firm is: Stable End, 12 Heather Court Gardens, Four Oaks, West Midlands, B74 2ST.

Make Your Brain Faster, Smarter and Sharper – in Just Two Weeks

With a few changes to your lifestyle, the performance of your brain can be greatly improved – even making it faster.

“I’m not getting older, I’m getting better!” It’s a saying that you might see on a T-shirt or coffee mug, probably at the birthday party of a man or woman of a certain age.
Well guess what? You can make that hackneyed slogan a reality by taking steps to get your brain working at its full potential even as you age—allowing you to enjoy sustained energy, productivity and clarity, and get more done in less time.

  • The right diet can help provide your body with ketones- molecules that are great for fueling mitochondria.
  • Even small amounts of artificial LED light can change your brain’s timing circuits and energy production.
  • At the end of every shower you take, turn the water to the coldest setting for 30 seconds.

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Brain Faster

Other notes and risk warnings

This article contains the opinions of the authors but not necessarily Donald Wealth Management (the Firm) and does not represent a recommendation of any particular security, strategy or investment product. Information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed. It is not a promotion of Donald Wealth Management’s services. Donald Wealth Management strongly suggests that no investor should act on any of these ideas without first seeking financial advice.

Past performance is not indicative of future results and no representation is made that the stated results will be replicated. The value of an investment is not guaranteed and on encashment you may not get back the full amount invested. Errors and omissions excepted.

Donald Wealth Management is a trading style of Donald Asset Management Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom (FRN: 223784). Donald Asset Management Limited is registered in England and Wales under Company No. 4675082. The registered office address of the Firm is: Stable End, 12 Heather Court Gardens, Four Oaks, West Midlands, B74 2ST.

Costs Really Do Matter

“Performance comes, performance goes. Fees never falter.”

Warren Buffett, investment legend, Chairman, Berkshire Hathaway (2018 Letter to Shareholders)

Costs, time and compounding are an insidious mix

It is a shame that human beings are so poorly wired to be good investors.  We have many deep-seated biases and behaviours that, whilst once useful to survive in the wild, do us a great disservice when investing. One area of weakness is our poor grasp of the exponential impact of compounding that can work both for and against us.

Imagine three different portfolios that deliver returns of 1%, 3% and 5% per year after inflation, but before other costs, over a period of 30 years: £100,000 invested in each would result in a growth of purchasing power to around £135,000, £240,000 and £430,000 respectively.  Seemingly small differences in the compound rates of return (geometric returns), turn into large differences, in terms of financial outcomes. That’s one of the great positives of a disciplined and patient approach to investing – small returns turn into big numbers, given time.

On the other side of the coin, costs – when compounded over time – eat away at these market returns to a far greater degree than many investors ever imagine.  Let’s compare two managers who deliver 3% gross (before fees) above inflation, where Manager A has costs of 0.25% and Manager B has costs of 1.00%. We plot the purchasing power impact of these different fee strategies on outcomes, across time, in the chart below.  As you can see, costs matter a great deal; an investor in Manager B’s fund is over £40,000 worse off than an investor with Manager A’s fund over 30 years. Put another way, you end up one third more wealthy selecting Manager A over Manager B.

Figure 1: Compounding is a powerful concept (1)

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(1) Compounding: Starting amount X ((1+rate of return)^number of years), where ^ is ‘to the power of’.

 

As Jack Bogle would say: ‘In investing, you get what you don’t pay for’. A pound of costs saved is more valuable than a pound of performance gained because you reliably get its benefits every year.

Risk warnings

This article contains the opinions of the authors but not necessarily Donald Wealth Management (the Firm) and does not represent a recommendation of any particular security, strategy or investment product. Information contained herein has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed. It is not a promotion of Donald Wealth Management’s services. Donald Wealth Management strongly suggests that no investor should act on any of these ideas without first seeking financial advice.

 

Past performance is not indicative of future results and no representation is made that the stated results will be replicated. The value of an investment is not guaranteed and on encashment you may not get back the full amount invested. Errors and omissions excepted.

 

Donald Wealth Management is a trading style of Donald Asset Management Limited which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the United Kingdom (FRN: 223784). Donald Asset Management Limited is registered in England and Wales under Company No. 4675082. The registered office address of the Firm is: Stable End, 12 Heather Court Gardens, Four Oaks, West Midlands, B74 2ST.