When providing consultative advice for our clients, advisors at Altavista will take a comprehensive look at one’s entire balance sheet. While it is important to work with our clients on cash flow, taxes, philanthropy, investments, allocation, and estate planning, it is equally important to focus on tangible items that are near and dear to our clients. This is commonly referred to as “Tangible Asset Management.” At Altavista we have the opportunity and resources to advise on protecting and managing one’s non-financial assets.
Tangible assets are gaining recognition as a new asset class. They also can be looked at as another way to diversify a client’s total asset allocation. As such, wealth advisors need to incorporate these items in the family’s overall wealth management plan.
Tangible asset management goes beyond managing just personal real estate. Clients may have a penchant for collecting or investing in art, fine jewelry, wine, antiques, sports memorabilia, classic cars or other valuables. There are important issues clients need to consider surrounding the management of tangible assets that reflects the passions, interests and legacies of the individuals and families that own them.
Similar to prudently managing the liquid financial investments that a client owns, it is important to watch out for the “blind spots” in owning tangible assets. These challenges may include determining value and authenticity, keeping proper documentation, loss prevention, insurance, and how these items fit into estate and tax planning.
Protecting and planning for investments in art, jewelry, antiques, wine or similar rare items should begin with an accurate appraisal. A critical step in protecting tangible assets is selecting an appraisal company that is a specialist in the genre of their assets. Having a reputable firm involved in a formal appraisal sets the foundation for client and advisor to plan prudently for items that maybe donated, sold, insured or identified for a succession plan for heirs.
When advisors and clients know what they own and the worth of their financial AND non-financial assets, they are able to make better decisions. Further, with up to date valuations, insurance companies are better able to protect and manage your personal tangible assets. With proper planning and oversight it can also lead to increased enjoyment of your prized possessions. At Altavista will are happy to talk with you about how we can better manage your treasured possessions.