Dead Ducks Don't Hiss

“The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest number of feathers with the least possible amount of hissing.”

Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619-1683), Finance Minister to Louis XIV

"Dead Ducks Don’t Hiss."

Einstein Afterlife

"Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it; he who doesn't, pays it."

Albert Einstein

"Compound Inheritance Tax is the ninth wonder of the world. He who understands it, avoids it; he who doesn't, pays it."

Einstein Afterlife

Understanding Compound Inheritance Tax, along with the principles encapsulated by the phrase "Dead Ducks Don't Hiss" is vital for effective legacy planning.


There's a third theory from Einstein Afterlife that, when applied correctly, can safeguard your assets.  However, this approach is fairly novel - even more so than using a black background for a professional services website - so it isn't appropriate to share on a public website.  There are several reasons for not publishing:

  • Firstly, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) could potentially misconstrue this theory as financial advice, conflicting with the restrictions set out in  Section 19 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.  To be clear, Einstein Afterlife Ltd is not authorised to provide financial advice.
  • Secondly, there's a risk that individuals might misinterpret or misuse the theory if it's taken out of its intended context, leading to potentially negative outcomes.
  • Finally, even if you already have a good grasp of the intricacies of Compound Inheritance Tax and the "Dead Ducks Don't Hiss" principle, we believe in the power of content teasing to spark your curiosity and encourage you to contact us.