Michael Malloy in Motion

Michael’s CLU, TEP and RFC designations

Travel Defined

Since our founder and chief advisor, Michael Malloy, CLU, TEP, RFC is traveling, we will feature him this week, and a little about his trip to Singapore and Shanghai. First, let us explore the concept of travel. What are the different forms of travel that we experience in our lives?

The obvious one is going from A to B, but there are other forms of travel. Intellectual travel is paramount to working with wealthy international families. Researching and studying the different structuring options that make themselves available when the tax laws of different countries change is an ongoing form of intellectual travel for Advanced Financial Solutions, Inc

Michael’s CLU, TEP and RFC designations are another form of intellectual travel.

According to Investopedia,

“A Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) is a professional designation for individuals who wish to specialize in life insurance and estate planning. Individuals must complete five core courses and three elective courses, in addition to successfully passing either 100-question, two-hour examinations in order to receive the designation.”

Wikipedia says,

“The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) was founded by George Tasker in 1991 and is the international professional body for advisors who specialize in inheritance and succession.”

The TEP Designation is awarded to advisors who have significant involvement at a specialist level with one or more of the following: planning, creation, management of and accounting for trusts and estates, executorship administration and related taxes.

The Registered Financial Consultant (RFC) is a professional designation awarded by the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (IARFC) to financial consultants who meet the high standards of education, experience, and ethics.  The financial consultant must have a sound record of business integrity with no suspension or revocation of any professional designations or licenses. Must be in good standing with all licensing bodies and organizations. The financial consultant must subscribe and adhere to the IARFC Code of Ethics.

Now onto Singapore and Shanghai with Michael Malloy, CLU TEP. Michael’s time in Singapore by taken up with meetings with advisors exploring ways to use Private Placement Life Insurance (PPLI) structures for Far Eastern clients. The key six elements of Expanded Worldwide Planning (EWP) resonate well in these jurisdictions. Singapore is a truly international financial center for Indonesia, Malaysia, and the PRC.

With the implementation of The Common Reporting Standard (CRS) in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) clients are looking for ways to keep their financial affairs private and still be compliant with tax authorities. Using PPLI is seen as an excellent way to achieve this aim.  In 2019 there will also be new tax laws implemented in the PRC that impact client structures in BVI, the Cayman Islands, and other popular offshore destinations for PRC clients. In discussions with advisors in the PRC, advisors agreed that PPLI can be a valuable tool to assist clients in this area.

Intellectual travel and worldwide travel are both parts of Michael Malloy, CLU TEP’s world. Both are in service to our clients in keeping their affairs as private as possible and be compliant with the world’s tax authorities.

We invite you to explore how PPLI and EWP can greatly enhance the value of your assets. Please contact us for a free consultation to find out for yourself.

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Expanded Worldwide Planning (EWP)

The new paradigm for international structuring

Give Your Clients Greater Control Within a Simpler Structure Using Expanded Worldwide Planning (EWP)

Have you heard of Expanded Worldwide Planning (EWP) or International Tax Planning?

You have heard of FATCA, CRS, and BEPS – well, within these confines, why not embrace greater freedom: EWP allows you to simplify your existing structures and minimize your reporting obligations under FATCA and CRS. The total fee is approximately 1% of the client’s assets inside the structure.

At Advanced Financial Solutions Inc., we are finding that clients are requesting simpler structures that offer full transparency. This white paper introduces you to one that gives advisors multiple creative opportunities to achieve this aim.

In its core, an EWP is a properly structured Private Placement Life Insurance (PPLI) policy
in a jurisdiction appropriate to the client’s other planning needs. The other elements in the
EWP structure differ depending on the individual client situation. Advisors must factor in the client’s nationality, country of origin, country(s) of domicile, the insurance regulations of all the jurisdictions involved, the tax reporting obligations of all the entities in the structure, and the planning aims of the client. Our chart below outlines some of the possibilities for planning using EWP.

Under the segregated account legislation of the PPLI policy jurisdictions listed in our chart,
the insurance company becomes the beneficial owner of the assets inside the policy.

The reporting obligations under FATCA and CRS differ for each of the policy jurisdictions on our  chart. The goal of EWP is to give clients full compliance with all existing tax regulations while still retaining the utmost possible privacy for them.

The old offshore world is in flux and in the process of redefining itself. This creates new
possibilities for planning that did not previously exist. Whatever the nationality of your client and their very particular needs, we can supply you with compliant solutions. Each of the PPLI policy jurisdictions listed in our chart can provide vastly enhanced planning possibilities in  this open architecture environment. The trust, or other policy holder entity, can be domiciled  anywhere in the world, and the assets inside the policy can also be located anywhere in the world. Please reflect on these new possibilities. We welcome your inquiries, questions, and  comments.

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