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Retirement Income Investing: The Dreaded RMD

All of us are approaching retirement, many of us are already there, and some of us (myself included) are thinking about the ultimate IRS slap-in-the-face… The Required Minimum Distribution. It’s time to make sure that your retirement income program is actually ready.

Every investment program becomes a retirement income program eventually.

First off, you need to get to a place where you can say:

“a stock market downturn will have no significant impact on my retirement income”

This applies to everyone; income development is always important, and Tax Free Income (outside the IRA or 401k) is The Very Best. Only private “safe haven” 401k plans are capable of focusing on income development.

Retirement readiness requires active consideration of your asset allocation, your overall diversification, and most importantly, the quality of your holdings. Those of you who are relying on 401k assets to fund your retirement income requirements need to look inside the program.

If you are within five years of retirement, repositioning at the top of a stock market cycle (now) is essential; if you are in retirement, get your portfolio out of any employer plans and into your IRA… you just can’t protect yourself  (and especially, your income) in Mutual Funds or ETFs.

If you are approaching 70, the RMD is “in your face”… here’s how to handle it:

• Position the portfolio to produce slightly more income than you must take from the program.

• Take the income monthly and DO NOT pay the taxes in advance. Lump sum withdrawals require uninvested cash reserves and/or untimely sell transactions.

• Move the RMD disbursements into an individual or joint account and reinvest at least 30% in Tax Free Income CEFs.

• If you hold equities (in addition to the RMD income producers you need), set your profit taking targets lower than usual… and maintain the Cost Based Asset Allocation.

I’m relatively sure that some of you are currently dealing with the RMD incorrectly… with “lump sum + the taxes” distributions.

Some of you have been to my ongoing series of “live SRS portfolio review, Income Investing Webinars”.

Follow this link to the recording of the January 22nd private presentation and don’t hesitate to post it where ever you like… wouldn’t it be cool to have this presentation show up on YouTube.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/28ty6z5dkgn5ulu/Retirement%20Income%20Webinar.wmv?dl=0

WHY PEOPLE BUY?

Most sales people have no idea why their customers buy. They assume that customers buy for their reasons, when in fact the opposite is true. In fact, customers buy for their own reasons.

Here are some key ideas to remember about why customers buy.

1. EMOTIONS FIRST. The root of any buying decision is an emotional response based on perceived value or filling a need. Therefore, the actual decision to buy is almost always emotional.

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2. HOT BUTTONS. Hot buttons are unique to each person and are perceived differently by each customer based on what makes them feel good or meets their emotional needs. The master sales person finds those real benefits and emotional needs and pushes the hot buttons that result in a sale.

3. BUYING SIGNALS. During the sales process a client communicates specific buying signals, Wood-Young notes. “Everything the customer does, or does not do, is a buying signal. Successful salespeople learn how to read and intuit these signals and use them to build a profile of customer buying behavior.”

4. THE BUYING TEAM. Successful sales people work well with multiple buyers and decision-makers by identifying roles, concerns and issues. What does each person bring to the sales transaction? What is their role in the buying process? What are their hot buttons?

Engage customers in areas that bring to the surface the mechanics of their buying process. Ask your customers, why do you buy? The answers will show that the customer or prospect is often thinking the following:

– Can I trust the salesperson?
– I don’t have time for this.
– I don’t want to hurt the salesperson’s feelings.
– What are his or her motives and intentions?
– Is it safe to open up?
– Everything is OK the way it is now, so why change?
– There may be a problem, but what the salesperson is offering isn’t the solution. I want to find my own solution.
– How can I postpone this buying decision?
– The salesperson’s solution is too risky.
– The benefits don’t outweigh the risks
– There is no solution to this problem.
– I’m not convinced I need to buy.

5. ASK FOR THE SALE. Finally, the sales master asks for the sale. Most salespeople never ask for the sale because they don’t think the customer wants to buy when in fact the customer is wondering, ‘How do I buy?’ Remember, people buy based on benefits defined by them, not by their salesperson.

By: Mark Borkowski is president of Mercantile Mergers & Acquisitions Corporation. He can be contacted at mark@mercantilema.com or www.mercantilemergersacquisitions.com. Mercantile is a mid market M&A brokerage firm.

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