Farmers and cattle ranchers are hardworking folks. As a result of working the land, they have unique financial concerns and needs. They face risks such as unpredictable weather, volatile market conditions and livestock health that can result in less-than-projected production levels or profits and a higher need of raising capital.

They are also concerned with the future of their farm or ranch. Are there family members that can take the reins, should they sell or contract their property, or rent or lease their land or equipment? A related issue is then how can they have an income source to fund their retirement?

At Dupré Financial Group of Raymond James, we are well-versed in guiding farmers and ranchers through these essential financial and estate planning matters, and can collaborate with your banker, accountant and attorney to help develop a cohesive and comprehensive plan.

Dealing with sudden windfalls from fracking

A latest development, of course, are farmers and ranchers who receive sizeable monthly royalties for allowing energy companies to drill on their land. It is certainly exciting to experience sudden money, but with it can come significant financial, tax and emotional issues that, if not properly dealt with, can cause this sudden wealth to disappear as quickly as it came. We help farmers and ranchers manage their assets and prioritize their spending to help ensure that their newly gained wealth can serve them well over the long term.

Changes in tax laws or regulations may occur at any time and could substantially impact your situation. You should discuss any tax or legal matters with the appropriate professional.

We also offer a full range of financial services

We are well-equipped with the knowledge and services to address the financial priorities in your successful life – from managing and preserving your wealth, to leaving a legacy for your loved ones.

  • BUILDING YOUR LEGACY

    When it’s finally time to leave this world, what do you want to leave behind? How do you want to be remembered and who do you want to help? The wisest of people understand the impact of making their mark and making a difference. We can help you do just that. By collaborating with your tax and legal professionals, we can help develop a plan that is designed to enable you to maintain your lifestyle now while leaving a meaningful legacy long after you’re gone.

    Estate planning

    Whether it’s providing income for a spouse, educating children or grandchildren or leaving money to your favorite charity, proper estate planning can help ensure that your assets accumulated over your lifetime are protected and preserved for the use you have intended.

    Charitable giving

    Giving cannot only help the organizations you choose, but can also generate personal tax benefits and advance your wealth management plan. We can help you with solutions that include private family foundations, charitable trusts, charitable gift annuities, pooled-income funds and donor-advised funds.

    Trust services

    Through our affiliate Raymond James Trust, N.A., we offer a full array of trust structures, including charitable-giving tools that may also feature tax advantages. Whether your goal is to minimize estate taxes, provide for loved ones, or dictate how you want your wishes to be carried out, we can help.

    College planning

    Funding a child’s or grandchild’s higher education can be a personally rewarding use of your wealth. We can help you provide for this opportunity with investment vehicles such as 529 college savings accounts and specialized trust vehicles.

    Certain conditions may apply. Earnings in 529 plans are not subject to federal tax, and in most cases, state tax, so long as you use withdrawals for eligible education expenses, such as tuition and room and board. However, if you withdraw money from a 529 plan and do not use it on an eligible education expense, you generally will be subject to income tax and an additional 10% federal tax penalty on earnings. Investors should consider before investing, whether the investor’s or the designated beneficiary’s home state offers state tax or other benefits only available for investments in such state’s 529 savings plan. Such benefits include financial aid, scholarship funds, and protection from creditors. 529 plans offered outside their resident state may not provide the same tax benefits as those offered within their state.

  • MANAGING YOUR WEALTH

    We offer comprehensive wealth management services that are designed to go far beyond just typical investment management to address every essential matter than money touches. It’s all in an effort to best serve you and your family, today and for every significant milestone along life’s journey.

    Investment management

    Our objectives are to preserve your wealth, achieve a reasonable rate of return, and counter the erosive effects of inflation and taxes. We know that a proper asset allocation among cash, equity, fixed-income securities and alternative investments can be an effective way to pursue investment goals. We believe the formula for investment management should include the key components of skilled investment research, long-term planning and a well-managed professional relationship.

    Asset allocation does not guarantee a profit nor protect against loss. Alternative Investments are not suitable for every investor. They involve substantial risks that may be greater than those associated with traditional investments and may be offered only to clients who meet specific suitability requirements, including minimum net worth tests. There is no assurance that any investment will meet its investment objectives or that substantial losses will be avoided.

    Retirement planning

    Preserving your wealth and maintaining your standard of living are among your highest priorities. Because people are living longer today, the possibility of spending 30 years in retirement requires careful planning and disciplined investing. We can create a plan for monthly distributions from your portfolio designed to preserve your principal. We can also assist you with longevity planning, required minimum distributions, income planning, tax strategies, proper account titling and beneficiaries, multigenerational wealth transfer, charitable giving, and asset protection and reallocation.

    Credit, lending and cash management

    Through Raymond James, we offer personal lines of credit*, investment accounts with check writing, online bill payment, enhanced reporting and more. We also can assist you in evaluating short-term interest-bearing instruments such as brokered certificates of deposit, and cash sweep options.

    *The personal line of credit is through a margin account. Borrowing on margin and using securities as collateral may involve a high degree of risk and is not suitable for all investors. Market conditions can magnify any potential for loss. If the market turns against the investor, he or she may be required to deposit additional securities and/or cash in the account. The securities in the account may be sold to meet the margin call, and the firm can sell the investor's securities without contacting them. The interest rates charged are determined by the amount borrowed. For additional information on margin, visit http://sec.gov/investor/pubs/margin.htm. Banking and lending solutions provided by Raymond James Bank, N.A. Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. is affiliated with Raymond James Bank, N.A., a federally chartered national bank. Unless otherwise specified, products purchased from or held at Raymond James Financial Services are not insured by the FDIC, are not deposits or other obligations of Raymond James Bank, are not guaranteed by Raymond James Bank and are subject to investment risks, including possible loss of the principal invested.

  • PRESERVING YOUR WEALTH

    Preserving your assets and managing risk take on added urgency when you’ve reached a certain level of wealth. Maintaining your standard of living, providing for your family, generating income with minimal tax consequences, and safeguarding your wealth against unexpected events are concerns that we address for you – so you can focus on enjoying your life.

    Asset allocation

    Choosing the appropriate mix of asset classes can potentially help reduce portfolio volatility. We make asset allocation a key component of our investment strategy, selecting a mix of asset classes that reflects your financial objectives, timeline and risk tolerance.

    There is no assurance that any investment strategy will be successful. Investing involves risk including the possible loss of capital. Asset allocation does not guarantee a profit or protect against a loss.

    Tax strategies

    We take a tax-sensitive approach to financial planning and work with you and your other professional advisors – accountants and tax attorneys – to help minimize the impact of taxes. By developing and implementing strategies designed to lessen or shift current and future tax liabilities, we can help improve your prospects for meeting your financial objectives. In addition to impacting your life today, prudent tax planning can play a large role in the amount of wealth you will be able to someday transfer to your heirs.

    While we are familiar with the tax provisions of the issues presented herein, as financial advisors of Raymond James, we are not qualified to render advice on tax or legal matters. You should discuss tax or legal matters with the appropriate professional.

    Risk management

    A comprehensive financial plan must consider and prepare for the unexpected such as accidents, illnesses and disability. Our team will help you think ahead and consider different scenarios, then prepare contingency plans to address them. We understand that while risk cannot be eliminated, it can and should be mitigated. Our risk management services include life insurance, annuities, long-term care, disability insurance and liability insurance.

    Insurance and annuities

    Because insurance protects you from the unexpected, it plays a crucial role in your comprehensive financial plan. Raymond James provides a wide array of quality insurance alternatives, including life insurance, long-term care insurance and annuities. They can offer an important layer of safety for you, your family or your business.

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