Let’s face it. How many of us have not dreamt about or looked for the ideal plan at some point in our lives? A strategy that would integrate the features that are essential to that ideal plan?
Visualize this. The financial Swiss Knife strategy!
Like the greatest, most versatile tools ever invented, the financial Swiss Knife should offer a plethora of instrumental advantages. So, in terms of wealth, what would your vision of a financial Swiss Knife look like?
If you asked me to design the ideal financial Swiss Knife strategy for you, your family, and your business, here is my first question: What would you want it to provide?
THE ESSENTIAL FEATURES OF THE IDEAL FINANCIAL SWISS KNIFE STRATEGY
My ideal strategy would:
- Allow one dollar to do the work of many dollars,
- Allow dollars that will take care of you if you live too long,
- Allow dollars to take care of your family, business, or charity if you die too soon,
- Allow dollars to be self-completing if you become totally disabled,
- Allow dollars to provide a critical illness benefit where the funds can be accessed if you have a critical illness like a heart attack, stroke, or cancer,
- Provide, when you pass away, a death benefit that will replace the money you used during your critical illness,
- Allow dollars to provide a terminal illness benefit in case you become critically ill.
- Allow you access to most of the dollars in the account to develop a plan that looks after your family, business or charity before you pass away,
- Allows dollars that can provide long term care illness benefits that you can use anywhere,
- Allows the remaining dollars in the account to replenish the money used, so there is money to care for the person who cared for you,
- Allow dollars that can be used to provide you a tax-free income stream that you won’t be able to outlive
- Allow dollars to be accessed at any time without penalty
- Provide financial protection during serious economic downturns,
- Provide returns that may yield 20 to 30 times the safe money yield of a CD or a savings account
- Provide a guaranteed return with no downside danger, and only upside opportunity
- Never have to be reported to the Internal Revenue Service or reported on a FAFSA
Have I reinvented the proverbial financial industry’s wheel? Hardly. But, as my father used to tell me:-” to achieve true wealth, you have to find out how the truly wealthy are doing,.. and copy it.-”
In his NY Times best-selling book, What Would The Rockefellers Do?, Garrett B. Gunderson, (https://wealthfactory.com)provides insight into two of the wealthiest men in America, John D. Rockefeller, and Cornelius Vanderbilt. At his death in 1877, Vanderbilt’s railroad fortune was estimated to top $100 million, which research shows were more than what the U.S.Treasury held at the time! In 2021 dollars, that’s more than $200 billion. You read right. Billion with a “B”.
Though Vanderbilt was somewhat of a philanthropist, he bequeathed 95% of his fortune to his son William Henry Vanderbilt, leaving his surviving wife and children to split the rest.
William did well. He doubled the family fortune before his death, sadly 9 years after his father’s passing. That was the last time the Vanderbilt family fortune would grow, in spite of Cornelius Vanderbilt’s last words,”-Keep the money together”-. The Vanderbilt’s heirs had a fondness for lavish spending and developed a reputation as wealthy socialites. In just a handful of generations, the family fortune was squandered.
John D. Rockefeller’s legacy was quite the opposite. He made his fortune selling oil and kerosene with the objective to deliver the best oil at the cheapest price. He succeeded by driving the price of oil from 58 cents down to 8 cents a gallon. The result? He became the wealthiest man in American history, amassing more than $1.5 Billion dollars. In today’s terms, this translates between $243 billion to $341 Billion.
Unlike the Vanderbilts, his principal heir, his son John D. Rockefeller, Jr., aka. “Junior” kept the family fortune together by creating a trust for each of his children- a daughter and five sons. The trusts became known as the “Family Office”, and became known for generating interest income for all of the kids. Six generations later, more than 150 Rockefellers currently receive income from the family trusts. What made the difference? The first piece of the Rockefeller method.The financial Swiss Knife strategy.
The Rockefeller method was created to share how John D. Rockefeller used and leveraged this strategy to build, preserve wealth for his family, creating the perpetual gift of love. According to the Public Financial Disclosure Report, https://www.justice.gov/jmd/financial-disclosure,our current President, Joseph Biden, has effectively used this strategy for years. The late Senator John McCain used this financial Swiss Army strategy to partly fund his Presidential campaign.
In his all-time, New York Times bestseller read worldwide in over 10 countries, (www.PiratesofManhattan.com) Barry James Dyke adds more illustrious names to this list:
- Billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffet found a way to invest a combined $1.5 billion for their foundation using the financial Swiss Knife strategy
- Hillary Clinton has generated $100,000 through the use of the financial Swiss Knife. (https://www.justice.gov/jmd/financial-disclosure)
- Walt Disney used the financial Swiss Knife strategy to help build Disneyland because banks were hesitant to loan him money.
- John Cash Penny used $3 million of his cash, generated by this strategy, to keep his retail stores afloat during the Great Depression.
His empire, J.C. Penney and Company, grew into a 1000-location company valued at $3.4 billion.
- Ray Kroc used the financial Swiss Knife strategy to start McDonald’s’.
Just what is this financial Swiss Knife strategy, how does it work and better, how do I make it work for me, you may be asking by now?
The strategy has been nicknamed Cash Flow Insurance and the tool in this case Permanent Life Insurance. Permanent Life insurance is any life insurance that is guaranteed to pay a death benefit whenever your life ends, provided that you pay the policy premiums. Conceivably, the most prominent feature of this policy is that the premium does not increase with age. Why? Because typically, permanent life insurance asks you to commit to a higher premium in the early years of your life when the insurance company’s death benefit cost is still low.
Essentially, Permanent Life insurance, and, in its purest form, Whole Life insurance acting in its role within the financial Swiss Knife strategy, has key three points:
- It helps safeguard your wealth,
- It helps you grow your money and increase your cash flow.
- It allows for the enjoyment of your money today and tomorrow.
HOW DOES THE FINANCIAL SWISS KNIFE STRATEGY WORK?
Simply stated, the concept is to overfund a permanent life insurance policy in order to use the cash value as a savings vehicle. Properly designed, it can act as a “personal bank”. You can access and retain control of your money at any time, earn interest while borrowing, and enjoy tax advantages. It allows you to;
- Minimize risk and loss of money;
- Minimize taxation on the money you distribute,
- Earn a rate on your money,
- Set contingencies for death, disability (aka. The Slow Death), emergencies, and other unexpected factors,
- Provide a systematic flow of money into your financial plan,
- Enjoy the flexibility to make changes to your plan.
HOW DO I MAKE IT WORK FOR ME?
By this time, you may be saying; -“Well, the Rockefellers were loaded! How can the average middle-class American take advantage of this strategy? Better yet, how can start the process and take advantage of this strategy for myself and my family?”-
Essentially, it comes down to managing your money and learning how money flows. Some call this setting up a budget. A budget, however, focuses more on restriction than on expansion, so a better term for it is a spending plan. Expenses are not created equal and are not all negative. They basically fall into 4 categories:
- Destructive expenses- Examples of these are vices or weaknesses like drugs, gambling, alcohol, and the like. There are, however, other examples, such as overdraft fees or credit card interest. These take a negative toll on your financial life and march you straight towards poverty or debt rather than prosperity.
- Protective expenses- these are used to protect your property and human life value, which includes your mindset and joy. Most often disregarded, these include your liquid savings, life insurance, disability insurance, medical insurance, and others.
- Productive expenses- Examples of these are investments into your business such as human capital (key employee). In addition, other assets that generate cash flow and appreciate in value, ultimately enhancing your life now and in the future.
- Consumptive expenses- Those that are fun and create lasting, enjoyable memories, such as vacations, audio, and visual entertainment sets. These do not build income or build assets but should not be discarded. They are, however, good expenses that require proper, common-sense management.
The ignorance and lack of application of these common-sense financial principles led to the Vanderbilt family’s financial demise.
With this in mind, the goal to make this Cash Flow insurance system is to learn how to manage these 4 types of expenses. Eliminate all destructive expenses, manage your consumptive and protective expenses and increase your productive expenses.
Gunderson recommends viewing your finances as a three-level pyramid. Level 1, the base level, is the protection against uncertainty. Have a minimum of six months of liquid savings, your life insurance, disability insurance, estate plan, and your emergency preparedness. Absent this, any surprise life events can render all of your financial resources at risk. Secure your foundation against any unexpected circumstances, losses, or worse yet, confiscation. the rest of
Level 2- The middle level. This is where you build what is referred to as your Wealth Creation System. Once Level 1 is funded, it’s then time to figure out what to do with the rest of your money. How are you going to preserve money? Where can you take advantage of a positive flow of money and benefit from it? This will require infrastructure and a system.
Level 3- The top level. This is where advanced planning, legacy plans, and asset protection with a qualified financial professional and attorney, will assist you in discovering what Gunderson calls your “Investor DNA”. Managing your cash flow will not only help you save money. It can help create more wealth in the future, build up liquidity, earn interest, allow you to fund your Permanent life insurance, and gain the benefits of Cash Flow Insurance.
These first basic steps were an integral part of the plan that allowed the Rockefellers as well as the other celebrities earlier mentioned to take full advantage and prosper from the financial Swiss Knife strategy.