Personal Finance

What is Generational Wealth?

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Generational wealth pertains to assets passed by one generation of a family member to another. Assets can include stocks, bonds, and other investments such as real estate and family businesses.

Other terms for generational wealth include family wealth, legacy wealth, multigenerational wealth, and intergenerational wealth. Many people may associate generational wealth with financial wealth such as cash, bonds, real estate, and family businesses. However, generational wealth can include valuable possessions, heirlooms, educational legacy, traditions, and connections.

Generational wealth transfers after death by passing it down in the form of an inheritance. A generation does not always have to die off in order to enrich its heirs. Families can transfer much of their wealth in other ways such as gifts, educational expenses, and medical expenses.

For instance, your grandparent died. The Last Will and Testament specifies that the S$2 million fortune be divided evenly to five grandchildren. The funds and assets passed to these grandchildren would then be considered generational wealth.

BUILDING GENERATIONAL WEALTH

Creating generational wealth to hand down to future generations starts with establishing a solid financial footing. You can build your generational wealth by investing. Buying stocks, bonds, and other investments can help your money grow through the power of compound interest.

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Moreover, you must have an emergency fund that will prepare you for short-term goals such as down payments on a home. Eliminating high-interest debt such as credit cards can be a helpful strategy to build your savings too. Lastly, opening lucrative family business can provide opportunities for you to create a financially successful life. Pass these down to the future generation!

“When money realizes that it is in good hands, it wants to stay and multiply in those hands.”
― Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability

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