Our Expertise

Individual Solutions

J. Lens Financial & Insurance Services provides individuals and families with innovative, cutting-edge products and services to help them grow, protect and conserve their wealth through all stages in life. Taking into account your needs, goals and tolerance to risk, we will work with you to bring clarity to where you're going and how to get there. Some of our key services are detailed below.

Wealth Management and Retirement Planning

We work with our clients to design and implement a variety of accumulation and retirement income plans, offering insurance products, investment programs ranging from separately managed portfolios of stocks and bonds to mutual funds, and access to third-party wealth management programs. We offer a consistent process to help ensure management of investment assets according to your goals, risk tolerances and time horizon. We then monitor your plan on a continual basis, and adjust and evolve as your needs change.

Financial Planning

Qualified Eagle advisors provide personalized financial planning to our clients that is specific to several variables including their income, risk tolerance, values, and family. We work with each client to identify and prioritize their goals, explore options, establish effective strategies, construct and execute a plan, and assess the performance of the plan and make adjustments as needed.

Estate Planning

A well-engineered estate conservation plan can minimize tax liability and ensure that loved ones are protected. We will work with you and your other advisors to assess the impact of state and federal taxes on your estate and suggest strategies to help minimize those taxes while meeting your personal philosophies and family needs.

Asset Protection

There are numerous financial strategies and retirement income plans that can help you accumulate assets for the future, shield your business and personal assets from liabilities, and safeguard asset transfer to children and grandchildren. We can help you figure out what the right course of action is for your specific situation and objectives.

Charitable Planning

Charitable planning allows you to support the organizations and causes that matter to you, while often providing immediate income streams and reducing your tax burden. Numerous charitable giving strategies exist, and we can help you design and execute a charitable giving strategy that is in alignment with your personal and philanthropic goals. Please seek tax advice from your own tax advisors.

Investment Management

Managing your wealth requires a clear understanding of your overall investment objectives. Through Eagle Strategies LLC, our comprehensive investment advisory capabilities utilize a disciplined investment approach that looks beyond traditional asset allocation, while addressing important factors such as risk tolerance levels and investment time horizons.

Disability and
Extended Care Needs

To execute a sound retirement strategy, asset and income protection are a must. Designing a plan that encompasses managing costs for extended periods of care and disability insurance can help create the necessary balance in a portfolio to ensure stability and protection of assets.

401(k) and IRA Rollovers

When you leave a job or retire, you have a decision to make regarding your 401(k) money. While leaving those assets in the former employer's plan is an option, a rollover can be a consideration. Working with your tax advisor, we can help you determine the right course of action for you. This may include: leaving the funds in your existing plan, if permitted, or rolling them into your new employer's plan, if one is available and rollovers are permitted. Each choice offers advantages and disadvantages, depending on your specific needs and retirement plan, such as the desired investment options and services, applicable fees, expenses, and withdrawal options, as well as required minimum distributions and tax treatment of applicable options.

 

Retirement Planning

J. Lens Financial & Insurance Services is proud to be certified to offer the Macro Asset Perspective® planning process. Through this unique educational approach, we can help you better plan for retirement. Whatever stage of life you are in, whether you are working to grow your assets or your assets are working to provide your retirement income, you are likely to glean value from the principles, processes and strategies found in the Macro Asset Perspective®.

The Macro Asset Perspective® helps you implement a balanced approach to your personal accumulation and income combining time-tested principles of risk management with sensible strategies for long-term tax-reduction giving you the potential to increase your net spendable income in retirement.

While this process was originally developed for a physician's network on the west coast and high-tech engineers in the Silicon Valley, it has been successfully adopted by people of all walks of life and taught at workshops for employees at a number of Fortune 500 companies.

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Introduction

We use a proprietary process called MAP, or Macro Asset Perspective®. In this process, our advisors deal with protection of assets, accumulation of wealth, building retirement income that cannot be outlived and leaving a lasting legacy.

 

The Process

During our process, first we introduce the scope of the work that we do and explain how New York Life provides products and services solutions to our clients. From there, we engage our clients in a Discovery process to uncover their objectives and current financial state. We then do a thorough Analysis of the Discovery Data and engage our team of professionals to develop a Summary Plan and Recommendations. We then Educate our clients as to their options and help them take Action to implement the plan. For many of our clients, they will then move from the MAP Foundations process to the full MAP, which more deals with the accumulation and placement of assets. Our goal is to develop lifetime partnerships with our clients to add value for them.

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MAP Financial Coordinator

Our Role

In this process, we act as a Problem-Solving Coordinator for our clients. We interact with the client’s team of professionals, develop action items and follow-up on those items to ensure that the plan is implemented.

 

Digging Into the MAP

The 12 green boxes in the image to the right represent the foundation of risk management planning. From there, our certified MAP Advisors can create a more comprehensive asset allocation model of your current assets and cash flow.

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Business Solutions

Here at J. Lens Financial & Insurance Services, we offer a wide array of services to help business owners address their financial needs at every stage of the business life cycle. Taking into account their personal values and financial goals, we create and execute customized strategies to help entrepreneurs meet their objectives. Some of our key services are detailed below.

Executive Benefits

The success of most businesses is tied into the talent, passion and work ethics of their key executives. Executive benefit packages can help you attract, motivate, and retain high-caliber employees and keep your company healthy and stable. We can help you with funding non-qualified plans, supplemental employee retirement plans, split dollar plans, and more.

Succession Planning

Succession planning allows owners to leave their business on their own timeframe while preparing their company to be transferred to family members, key employees, an outside party, or even a charity. This must be done in a way that achieves personal financial security, maintains harmony, and achieves maximum value for the business.

Key Person Insurance

Key person life insurance offers a death benefit that helps indemnifies an employer for the loss of one of its most important assets - the key person. This can help assure continuity of the business for employees, customers and creditors, and protects against losses in sales, momentum, and credit. It can also be used to assist with recruiting and developing a replacement for the employee.

Funding Buy-Sell Agreements

A buy–sell agreement is a legally binding agreement between co-owners of a business that governs the situation if a co-owner dies or leaves the business, whether by force or by choice. A funded cross-purchase buy-sell plan utilizes life insurance to help ensure that the arrangement is properly funded so that there will be money when the event is triggered.

Funding Deferred Compensation

Deferred compensation is a written agreement between an employer and an employee where the employee chooses to have part of his or her compensation withheld by the company, invested on their behalf, and distributed back to them at a pre-determined point in the future. Deferred compensation can be used as a flexible way to attract and incentivize key employees.

 

Insurance Planning

The team at J. Lens Financial & Insurance Services are trained professionals who can help you identify your financial needs and then determine which financial and insurance products can best help you meet your objectives. Some of the products we often use to serve the needs of our clients include:

Life Insurance

Many people think that life insurance is only for people with families. While it is true that life insurance can help provide for the needs of dependents, life insurance also can be an important part of a well-thought-out estate, business succession or charitable giving plan. And permanent life insurance offers many living benefits as well, such as tax-deferred cash value accumulation. For all of these reasons, life insurance can be important for someone starting out - or for someone who's starting over.

Whole Life

Whole Life insurance is also known as permanent insurance. You receive coverage for your entire life, as long as premiums (which are a set amount per period) are paid. Whole life policies accumulate cash value tax-deferred.

Term Life

Term Life policies provide coverage for a specific amount of time - such as 5 years, 10 years or 20 years. Term premiums are often less expensive than whole life premiums, but once the term of the policy is complete, coverage terminates. There is no accumulation of cash value.

Universal Life

Like Whole Life, Universal Life is a permanent insurance policy, which means that it covers you for your entire life, as long as premiums are paid. Universal life, however, offers you flexibility that enables you to change your premiums and death benefit as your needs change.

This policy will terminate if at any time the cash surrender value is insufficient to pay the monthly deductions. This can happen due to insufficient premium payments, if loans or withdrawals are made, or if current interest rate or charges fluctuate.

Survivorship Life

Survivorship life insurance - available as whole life, universal life or variable universal life - covers two people and provides payment of the proceeds when the second insured individual dies. Survivorship life insurance is often used to help meet estate planning or business continuation goals.

The policy will terminate if at any time the cash surrender value is insufficient to pay the monthly deductions. This can happen due to insufficient premium payments, if loans or withdrawals are made, or if current interest rates or changes fluctuate.

Annuities

An annuity is a unique financial vehicle designed to help you accumulate money for your retirement and/or turn a lump-sum of money into a guaranteed stream of income payments. Deferred annuities offer the advantage of tax-deferral and can be used to accumulate money for retirement. Income annuities are used to generate a stream of income payments that is guaranteed to last for as long as you need it to - even for the rest of your life*. Some of the different types of annuities are:

*Guarantees are dependent upon the claims paying ability of the issuing insurer.

Fixed Interest Deferred Annuities

With a Fixed Deferred Annuity, the interest rate on your policy is guaranteed* never to fall below a certain amount. For many people, this provides a measure of security.

Subject to a sales charge for early withdrawals and may be subject to income tax. Withdrawals prior to 59.5 are subject to a 10% tax penalty.

*Guarantees are dependent upon the claims paying ability of the issuing insurer.

Lifetime Income Annuities

An income annuity where income payments begin immediately - one period after the annuity is purchased. It is designed to provide you with predictable income monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually, no matter how long you live, and regardless of how the financial markets perform.

All guarantees associated with Annuity Contracts are based on the claims paying ability of the issuing insurance company. Withdrawals may be subject to regular income tax, and if made prior to age 59 1/2, may be subject to a 10% IRS penalty. In addition, surrender charges may apply.

 

Investment Management

Eagle Strategies LLC, is a Registered Investment Adviser and an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of New York Life, is a provider of holistic investment advisory and financial planning services. We leverage Eagle's sophisticated wealth management platform, comprised of many of today's leading investment managers, to design customized investment solutions to help address our clients' unique investment objectives and risk tolerance levels. Our firm's breadth and investment knowledge, coupled with Eagle's diverse team of investment experts, allows us to provide the continuous financial guidance needed to help our clients achieve long-term financial success

Investment Advisory

Managing your wealth requires a clear understanding of your overall investment objectives. Eagle's comprehensive investment advisory capabilities utilizes a disciplined investment approach that looks beyond traditional asset allocation, while addressing important factors such as risk tolerance levels and investment time horizons, to provide a clearer picture of our clients' overall wealth.

Financial Plannning

A comprehensive financial analysis of assets, liabilities, cash flow and investments helps us identify a clear path to our clients’ prosperous futures. We'll craft a detailed financial plan that helps you have the right wealth accumulation and preservation strategy in place to achieve your long-term investment objectives. More importantly, we continuously monitor and adjust our client' financial plans to ensure that they remain aligned with their stated objectives.

Investment Advisory Services Offerings

Fund Advisory Program

 

This program combines the expertise of professional investment managers with the service and guidance of our firm's Financial Advisors. By analyzing your overall investment goals, risk tolerance levels, and liquidity needs, we'll help you determine which investment portfolio allocation, consisting of an optimal blend of non-proprietary, mutual funds and/or exchange-traded funds (ETFs) is most appropriate for your investment goals and specific situation.

 

Separately Managed Accounts

Separately Managed Accounts ("SMAs") are a type of professionally managed investment accounts that invests in individual securities on a discretionary basis and provides our clients the flexibility of restricting the holding of certain securities and tactically utilizing gains and losses for tax planning purposes. Our firm's Financial Advisors will leverage Eagle's robust offering of non-proprietary SMA strategies available through third party money managers to either custom design a holistic investment portfolio or will utilize individual strategies to address your specific allocation needs.

Rep Directed Program

This is an investment advisory program through which our firm's Financial Professionals will construct a customized portfolio of individual mutual funds, exchange traded funds (ETFs), and in some cases, individual securities, using the strategic asset allocation framework developed by Eagle Strategies and a leading institutional asset manager, or simply by our firm's Financial Professionals. We'll seek to utilize an optimal blend of asset classes that helps maximize long-term returns, manage overall portfolio volatility and achieve investment objectives while remaining aligned with your risk profile

All investment advisory services are offered through Eagle Strategies LLC, a registered investment adviser. All investments involve risk including the potential loss of principal. Investing in an ETF will give the portfolio exposure to the securities comprising the index on which the ETF is based and will expose the portfolio to risks similar to those investing in those securities. ETFs are subject to market price risk. Shares of ETFs are traded on an exchange and will trade at market price, which may be above or below its net asset value (NAV). There is also a liquidity risk in that the trading of an ETF may be halted due to such things as market conditions. The investor will pay brokerage commissions in connection with the purchase of shares of ETFs.

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