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13 Vital Questions for all Doctors to Consider

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There is no way to eliminate all the risks associated with starting a medical practice, or launching any innovative concept in the health 2.0 ecosystem. However, entrepreneurial focused doctors can improve their chance of success with good planning and preparation. So, prior to starting your practice, merging, franchising or purchasing an existing one, ask yourself the following sobering questions. Hopefully, such reflection will enhance success, or at least prevent an unmitigated catastrophe. (www.sba.gov)

The Questions to Consider

1. Is medical practice ownership and physician entrepreneurship right for you?

It will be up to you, and your consultants; not someone else telling you to develop projects, organize your time or follow through on details. Your must be self motivated.

2. Do you like people and get along with different personality types?

Practice owners need to develop working relationships with a variety of people including patients, customers, vendors, staff, other physicians, and professionals like lawyers, accountants, consultants and bankers. Can you deal with a demanding patient, an unreliable vendor or cranky staff person in the best interest of your practice?

3. Can you make decisions and leave with ambiguity?

Practice owners are required to make independent decisions constantly; often quickly, under pressure and without all the facts. Ambiguity is a constant.

4. Do you have the physical and emotional stamina?

Practice ownership can be challenging, fun and exciting. But it’s also a lot of work. As a physician-owner, can you face twelve hour work days? As a doctor, can you offer advice, service, care and moral support 24/7?

5. How long can you live on your current savings?

Most small medical practice startups induce a declining bank balance in the early going. So, it’s wise to look at your expenses and determine how long you can live on your savings, and what personal costs you can temporarily eliminate. Emotionally, it’s easier to tighten expenses when you’re contemplating a new practice, than it is to cut back after you’ve started.  Financial consultants and accountants that perform consolidated financial statement preparation and analysis are vital in this regard. A two to five year margin of safety is not unusual and may be needed

6. How deeply in debt can you go?

Medical practice business debt can be good. It can fund expansion, improve profit ratios and cash flow. For physician entrepreneurs, business debt is often personal debt. Many start a practice by deferring payments for their own labor. Although lenders may make loans to a practice, the physician-owner will often be required to personally guarantee the loan. So, although the debt is on the business’s books, is ultimately the doctors’ debt should the practice fail.

7. What about health insurance?

If your current residency, fellowship or job offers health insurance, and is subject to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), you might be able to keep your coverage by paying the premiums, plus another 2% for administrative costs. You may keep your coverage under COBRA for up to 18 months and is a useful stopgap. For example, pay the premiums for six months or until another health insurance plan is obtained. Others suggestions are working spouse coverage with family benefits, or an HMO; or Medical or Health Savings Account (HSA/MSA).

8. Can you line up credit in advance?

Some new practice owners may set up a home equity line of credit that will let them borrow money at 1-2 percentage points over the prime rate or less. Lenders are more willing to make loans to someone who has a steady paycheck than to a new practice entrepreneur. If you have an excellent credit rating, you can probably get a home equity or other secured loan, but with more paperwork than in the recent past. Once you’re a self-employed practice owner, you’ll probably have to provide your most recent tax returns before getting approval. But, today, the biggest obstacle to a practice loan is a home mortgage. Domestic credit has been very tight since 2007, even for physicians.

9. What if you can’t manage the practice?

Disability insurance, unlike health insurance, usually cannot be transferred to an individual policy when you leave your job to start a new venture. So, get your own disability policy while you are still employed. Once you have the policy established and are paying the premiums, you should be able to keep the policy when you go out on your own. Remember, benefits received on a policy paid by you are free of federal income tax. Benefits on a policy paid for by a previous employer were taxable.

10. How well do you plan and organize?

Research indicates that many medical practice failures could have been avoided through better planning. Good organization of financials, inventory, schedules, information technology, medical services and human resources can help avoid many pitfalls.

11. Is your determination and drive strong enough to maintain your motivation?

Running a practice can wear you down. Some doctor-owners feel burned out by having to carry all the responsibility on their shoulders. Strong motivation can make the practice succeed and will help you survive slowdowns as well as periods of burnout.

12. How will the practice affect your family?

The first few years of practice startup can be hard on family life. The strain of an unsupportive spouse may be hard to balance against the demands of starting a medical business. There also may be financial difficulties until the business becomes profitable, which could take years. You may have to adjust to a lower standard of living or put family assets at risk.

13. How do you feel about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010?

Most provisions of the PPACA take effect over the next four to eight years, including expanding Medicaid eligibility, subsidizing insurance premiums, providing incentives for businesses to provide health care benefits, prohibiting denial of coverage/claims based on pre-existing conditions, establishing health insurance exchanges, and support for medical research. The expense of these provisions are offset by a variety of taxes, fees, and cost-saving measures, such as new Medicare taxes for high-income brackets, cuts to the Medicare Advantage program in favor of traditional Medicare, and fees on medical devices and pharmaceutical companies. There is also a tax penalty for citizens who do not obtain health insurance. Decreased physician reimbursement is a component, as well.

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However, that doesn’t stop anyone from making educated guesses about the future of companies, financial markets, and economies.

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  • McKinsey & Company’s March Economic Conditions Snapshot indicated 80 percent of surveyed executives “… expect demand for their companies’ products and services will grow or stay the same in the coming months, and a majority believe (as they have in every survey since 2011) their companies’ profits will increase.” However, they are not as optimistic about the global economy as they were in December. About one-half of executives in developed and emerging markets said economic conditions globally are worse than they were six months ago
  • The Wall Street Journal’s April 2016 Economic Forecasting Survey, which queries 60 economists, reported three-of-four survey participants expect a Fed rate hike in June. Few expect a recession during the next 12 months, putting the odds at 19 percent. Almost one-half stated global risks were the greatest threat to the U.S. economy, followed by financial conditions, a slowdown in consumer spending, falling corporate profits, and U.S. politics.
  • PIMCO’s Cyclical Outlook predicts China’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth may be in the 5.5 to 6.5 percent range. The target is 6.5 percent. In addition, a gradual devaluation of the yuan is possible, although China’s currency policy often produces unexpected twists and turns.
  • BlackRock Investment Institute’s second quarter outlook centered on three themes. First, returns are likely to remain muted in the future. Second, monetary policies appear to be less divergent, which could be a positive for some markets. Third, volatility may persist as the Federal Reserve normalizes monetary policy. Diversity and careful asset selection are likely to be critical in this environment.

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Financial advisors don’t ascribe to the Hippocratic Oath.  People don’t go to work on “Wall Street” for the same reasons other people become firemen and teachers.  There are no essays where they attempt to come up with a new way to say, “I just want to help people.”

Financial Advisor’s are Not Doctors

Some financial advisors and insurance agents like to compare themselves to CPAs, attorneys and physicians who spend years in training and pass difficult tests to get advanced degrees and certifications. We call these steps: barriers-to-entry. Most agents, financial product representatives and advisors, if they took a test at all, take one that requires little training and even less experience. There are few BTEs in the financial services industry.

For example, most insurance agent licensing tests are thirty minutes in length. The Series #7 exam for stock brokers is about 2 hours; and the formerly exalted CFP® test is about only about six [and now recently abbreviated]. All are multiple-choice [guess] and computerized. An aptitude for psychometric savvy is often as important as real knowledge; and the most rigorous of these examinations can best be compared to a college freshman biology or chemistry test in difficulty.

Yet, financial product salesman, advisors and stock-brokers still use lines such as; “You wouldn’t let just anyone operate on you, would you?” or “I’m like your family physician for your finances.  I might send you to a specialist for a few things, but I’m the one coordinating it all.”  These lines are designed to make us feel good about trusting them with our hard-earned dollars and, more importantly, to think of personal finance and investing as something that “only a professional can do.”

Unfortunately, believing those lines can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars and years of retirement. 

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Suitability Rule

A National Association of Securities Dealers [NASD] / Financial Industry Regulatory Authority [FINRA] guideline that require stock-brokers, financial product salesman and brokerages to have reasonable grounds for believing a recommendation fits the investment needs of a client. This is a low standard of care for commissioned transactions without relationships; and for those “financial advisors” not interested in engaging clients with advice on a continuous and ongoing basis. It is governed by rules in as much as a Series #7 licensee is a Registered Representative [RR] of a broker-dealer. S/he represents best-interests of the firm; not the client.

And, a year or so ago there we two pieces of legislation for independent broker-dealers-Rule 2111 on suitability guidelines and Rule 408(b)2 on ERISA. These required a change in processes and procedures, as well as mindset change.

Note: ERISA = The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) codified in part a federal law that established minimum standards for pension plans in private industry and provides for extensive rules on the federal income tax effects of transactions associated with employee benefit plans. ERISA was enacted to protect the interests of employee benefit plan participants and their beneficiaries by:

  • Requiring the disclosure of financial and other information concerning the plan to beneficiaries;
  • Establishing standards of conduct for plan fiduciaries ;
  • Providing for appropriate remedies and access to the federal courts.

ERISA is sometimes used to refer to the full body of laws regulating employee benefit plans, which are found mainly in the Internal Revenue Code and ERISA itself. Responsibility for the interpretation and enforcement of ERISA is divided among the Department Labor, Treasury, IRS and the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation.

Yet, there is still room for commissioned based FAs. For example, some smaller physician clients might have limited funds [say under $100,000-$250,000], but still need some counsel, insight or advice.

Or, they may need some investing start up service from time to time; rather than ongoing advice on an annual basis. Thus, for new doctors, a commission based financial advisor may make some sense. 

Prudent Man Rule

This is a federal and state regulation requiring trustees, financial advisors and portfolio managers to make decisions in the manner of a prudent man – that is – with intelligence and discretion. The prudent man rule requires care in the selection of investments but does not limit investment alternatives. This standard of care is a bit higher than mere suitability for one who wants to broaden and deepen client relationships. 

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Prudent Investor Rule

The Uniform Prudent Investor Act (UPIA), adopted in 1992 by the American Law Institute’s Third Restatement of the Law of Trusts, reflects a modern portfolio theory [MPT] and total investment return approach to the exercise of fiduciary investment discretion. This approach allows fiduciary advisors to utilize modern portfolio theory to guide investment decisions and requires risk versus return analysis. Therefore, a fiduciary’s performance is measured on the performance of the entire portfolio, rather than individual investments 

Fiduciary Rule

The legal duty of a fiduciary is to act in the best interests of the client or beneficiary. A fiduciary is governed by regulations and is expected to judge wisely and objectively. This is true for Investment Advisors [IAs] and RIAs; but not necessarily stock-brokers, commission salesmen, agents or even most financial advisors. Doctors, lawyers, CPAs and the clergy are prototypical fiduciaries. 

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More formally, a financial advisor who is a fiduciary is legally bound and authorized to put the client’s interests above his or her own at all times. The Investment Advisors Act of 1940 and the laws of most states contain anti-fraud provisions that require financial advisors to act as fiduciaries in working with their clients. However, following the 2008 financial crisis, there has been substantial debate regarding the fiduciary standard and to which advisors it should apply. In July of 2010, The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act mandated increased consumer protection measures (including enhanced disclosures) and authorized the SEC to extend the fiduciary duty to include brokers rather than only advisors, as prescribed in the 1940 Act. However, as of 2014, the SEC has yet to extend a meaningful fiduciary duty to all brokers and advisors, regardless of their designation.

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Assessment 

Ultimately, physician focused and holistic “financial lifestyle planning” is about helping some very smart people change their behavior for the better. But, one can’t help doctors choose which opportunities to take advantage of along the way unless there is a sound base of technical knowledge to apply the best skills, tools, and techniques to achieve goals in the first place.

Most of the harms inflicted on consumers by “financial advisors” or “financial planners” occur not due to malice or greed but ignorance; as a result, better consumer protections require not only a fiduciary standard for advice, but a higher standard for competency.

The CFP® practitioner fiduciary should be the minimum standard for financial planning for retail consumers, but there is room for post CFP® studies, certifications and designations; especially those that support real medical niches and deep healthcare specialization like the Certified Medical Planner™ course of study [Michael E. Kitces; MSFS, MTax, CLU, CFP®, personal communication].

Being a financial planner entails Life-Long-Learning [LLL]. One should not be allowed to hold themselves out as an advisor, consultant, or planner unless they are held to a fiduciary standard, period. Corollary – there’s nothing wrong with a suitability standard, but those in sales should be required to hold themselves out as a salesperson, not an advisor.

The real distinction is between advisors and salespeople. And, fiduciary standards can accommodate both fee and commission compensation mechanisms. However; there must be clear standards and a process to which advisors can be held accountable to affirm that a recommendation met the fiduciary obligation despite the compensation involved.

Ultimately, being a fiduciary is about process, not compensation.

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As a medical practitioner, Dr. Marcinko is a fiduciary at all times. He earned Series #7 (general securities), Series #63 (uniform securities state law), and Series #65 (investment advisory) licenses from the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD-FINRA), and the Securities Exchange Commission [SEC] with a life, health, disability, variable annuity, and property-casualty license from the State of Georgia.

Dr.Marcinko was a licensee of the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Board of Standards (Denver) for a decade; now reformed, and holds the Certified Medical Planner™ designation (CMP™). He is CEO of iMBA Inc and the Founding President of: http://www.CertifiedMedicalPlanner.org

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With odds high for the Federal Reserve’s first rate hike in nearly a decade, and seemingly everyone predicting that rising rates are coming in the next few weeks, why in the world is the yield curve not steepening aggressively?

Something curious is happening

There is a mistaken notion out there that if the Fed raises rates, the cost of capital on everything is going to rise.  This is far too simplistic a way of viewing the bond market.  If the Fed raises rates and the market perceives it as being too early, then longer duration bond yields likely would actually fall and credit spreads likely would widen.  In other words, some rates could fall because the Fed is raising short rates.

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In a healthy environment, Fed hiking would coincide with a steepening yield curve, as growth and inflation expectations become more aggressively priced in. As of late, it seems as though the bond market vastly disagree with the Fed’s December timing.

Of course all this could change, as probabilities continuously change

So, if the Fed decides not to raise rates, and the yield curve continues to flatten, then something very serious may be underway in terms of 2016 economic expectations.  It does seem plausible that from a cycle perspective, the era for passive buy and hold investing in large-cap stocks is nearing its end, allowing for more active alpha opportunities to present themselves.

This would likely translate into more volatility in equities, which we believe our alternative Morningstar 4 Star overall rated ATAC Inflation Rotation Fund (Ticker: ATACX, rating as of 9/30/15 among 234 Tactical Allocation Funds derived from a weighted average of the fund’s 3-year risk-adjusted return measures) is distinctly qualified to handle given our focus on being defensive in Treasuries at the right time.

Having said that, despite my own personal believe the Fed will raise rates, it is concerning to see how longer duration bonds are behaving.

The key needs to be a comeback in commodities and emerging market stocks

For the yield curve in the United States to steepen, and for the Federal Reserve to “get it right,” likely a surprise recovery is needed in cyclical growth sentiment.  Commodities and emerging markets are among the most sensitive areas of the investable landscape to that, so it stands to reason that their movement would show the whites of the eyes of that happening.  The issue however is that every time is looks like budding momentum is about to become more entrenched, that momentum quickly reverses and creates a false positive on rising growth expectations.

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Recent manufacturing data confirms that not much has changed on the growth side of the equation.  So far, broader equities seem to not care given historically favorable December seasonality.  That doesn’t mean one should not be considering this in an overall asset allocation policy.

Complicating-The European Central Bank

In many ways, crushing the Euro through more stimulus has the same effect as Federal Reserve tightening precisely because a rising Dollar is a contractionary force to exports.  European stimulus is Fed tightening IF it results in a Dollar super-spike.  Should that occur, the Fed would be more likely that not to not raise rates and actually do another round of stimulus.

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Insane sounding?  Maybe.  But; so is an environment where no amount of money printing seems to be accelerating the economy.

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