Investing Inheritance: Creating A Cycle Of Wealth

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Securing your financial security is a colossal task. People are prioritizing the safety of their funds as inflation rises and federal interest rates seem to fluctuate daily. It’s a to-do that doesn’t only affect yourself — it also influences future generations. Creating a cycle of wealth that seeps into your whole family can start — or continue — with your financial choices.

Investments are the primary way to create generational wealth, but how does this process start? Do you wonder if making generational wealth matters to you, and if so, what are the most productive and fruitful steps to take for the most considerable profit? The time to start preparing was yesterday, so it’s time to make decisions now for the future of your money and family.

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What Is Generational Wealth?

Generational wealth is any asset containing value that passes down generational lines, including:

  • Bonds, stocks and cryptocurrency
  • Properties like homes, rental properties and vehicles
  • Retirement accounts like Roth IRAs
  • Life insurance
  • Businesses
  • Expensive jewelry and other valuables

Later, you will be able to determine which of these is appropriate for you. It’s always a good idea to have more than one option for building wealth as long as you are comfortable doing so.

People may shy away from beginning their wealth journey, assuming they have enough time to gather resources. Perhaps they don’t want to think about the future. The reality of wealth generation is every day you don’t invest, you lose money by not taking advantage of compound interest. Even a few dollars could be significant if placed in the right hands.

Many influences affect the ability to create and nourish generational wealth. The breadth and variety of assets depend on individual circumstances, such as previous inheritances, investment savvy, and geographic or racial privilege. Not everyone may have the resources to invest confidently, so beginning your wealth journey may have to wait.

However, forging generational wealth is possible if it is within your means. It could or could not amount to millions, relying on a recipe of luck, good decisions, and adherence to advice.

No matter your position in life, creating even a modest nest egg is possible, catapulting future generations ahead of the financial security game. It’s time to analyze what future you want to secure for your loved ones. Your actions now could allow them to leave jobs they do not love or start a family when they otherwise couldn’t.

How Do You Build Wealth?

The best way to build wealth is by increasing your net worth through investments. Many choose to seek the help of professionals like certified financial advisers (CFAs) or consult with a bank. Others have individuals who invest for them, and the investor takes a percentage of the earnings. If you’re confident and curious, you can do everything from scratch. The investment journey is diverse and full of creative potential.

Plenty of traditional methods exist in the sector to build wealth, but what if you had a stroke of brilliance and want to know if there’s potential? You may know what counts as a valuable asset, but how do you procure them to create passive wealth for generations to come? Most importantly, how will you prepare your loved ones to claim their inheritance and make the grieving process as smooth as possible?

Foster Intangible Wealth Creation

Many methods to achieve wealth include actionable steps, such as investing in the S&P 500 or insuring valuables. However, none of this matters if the next generation doesn’t know how to take care of them.

Anyone you intend to leave an inheritance to should develop healthy habits and mindsets related to money. What affects their relationship with money, and are there any red flags that need correcting? Are they seeking to close wealth gaps to create greater financial equality? Every step in the next generation’s financial journey dictates how they will treat their inheritance, including:

  • Bill paying tendencies
  • Credit card spending
  • Saving habits
  • Money-spending behaviors like impulsiveness and frivolity
  • Their family ties, culture, and values
  • Value in their education
  • Perspective on material items

Without this foundation, the cycle of wealth could stop without considering how long it took to build it in the first place.

Assess Risk Willingness

A lot of investing for the future includes risk. Luckily, every investment type has a degree of risk, and everyone can select the most comfortable situations. For example, investing in index funds is a low-risk version of purchasing stocks compared to day trading or buying them individually.

It depends on how you feel most comfortable investing your money and if you have time to ride out any market corrections.

Create a Diverse Portfolio

Creating a cycle of wealth relies on variety. Investing every dollar in one pot is dangerous for many reasons, especially since the financial sector is one of the most volatile. It is prone to inflation, and cyberattacks, stock market crashes, and global geopolitics all play into nourishing your investments.

To avoid one mishap jeopardizing everything, ensure resources are spread wide but not thin. Research index funds or renovate your forever home. These projects have vastly different perspectives, yet both add to generational wealth.

Where Should the Money Be Allocated?

A diverse portfolio could have different meanings to a multitude of investors. Depending on several factors like accessibility, previous inheritance, culture, location, and more, it can be confusing to decide where to allocate investments to create portfolio diversity. Always seek the advice of professionals because a second guess could save you thousands of dollars, if not more.

Stocks and Bonds

There are more ways to invest in stocks today than in history. The rise of EFTs and cryptocurrency could lead to more avenues on the horizon. Consulting with an investment adviser is an option, alongside self-guided trading through investment apps.

Robo-advisers informed by machine learning and artificial intelligence are becoming more common — they’re robust resources receiving consistent data about industry trends. Options exist for people with no experience to veteran investors.

Real Estate

Real estate is one of the best ways to generate passive income while building wealth, whether your own home or other properties you rent. Keep a close eye on the market to buy and sell at the best time. If you don’t intend to sell and maintain renters instead, hire property managers to handle business affairs for a truly hands-off experience in wealth accumulation.

Businesses

Real estate could be a business in and of itself. However, you could also choose to start another company entirely. It could flourish with careful execution, leaving inheritors the option of carrying out its legacy for income or selling it to a willing buyer. Either option supports their financial well-being.

Life Insurance

Nobody wants to think about what would happen if someone had to use their life insurance. However, it could save generations from unexpected financial distress. Multiple options, such as whole or term life insurance, are available depending on your situation. You can discuss with financial professionals if you’re questioning how much your policy should cover.

Retirement Accounts

You could earn free money through employer matching, especially if you have an employer-sponsored retirement account like a 401(k). Allocate as much as possible into retirement accounts per federal limits. Even if you are self-employed or a student, options like IRAs and CDs allow anyone to invest in their future.

Charitable Giving

This option does not create generational wealth for immediate family members, but some may see this as the best option for them. Leaving inheritances to organizations could impact countless individuals in their financial development.

For example, allocating funds to a charity that gives scholarships to marginalized communities may not create wealth for next of kin. Still, it provides opportunities for others to begin their wealth-creation journey. It brings the world closer together, eliminating systemic generational wealth inequality for a more empowered population.

The Plan for Passing Funds

Write a will or set up a trust. Directions and beneficiaries must be as specific as possible to avoid complications in administering your estate. This is why early development of financial literacy and positive money mindsets is vital because it decreases stress during this process.

Depending on the age and circumstance of the beneficiaries, having a legal entity preside over the funds may be wise for a time. Regardless of your chosen method, no time you invest in financial investments matters if there isn’t a written plan — with witnesses — for where it will go.

Inheritance for Guaranteeing Generational Security

Generating a hefty inheritance for future generations may be your priority in a financially unstable world. Taking action now alleviates the stress of loved ones, allowing them to pursue their dreams and live comfortably and calmly. This lets them focus on their own wealth management.

Creating a cycle of wealth is possible, no matter who you are — but you have to have realistic expectations and ask questions. Increasing your knowledge about the financial world with avid curiosity will open investment avenues you may have never considered. Keep an open mind and start small because the yield could be substantial one day.

Article by Devin Partida, Due


About the Author

Devin Partida grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the booming tech and startup scene nurtured her curiosity. Always an avid writer in her younger years, Devin began covering the tech industry for ReHack in 2019, and has since become the young brand’s Editor-in-Chief.

When she isn’t writing, Devin enjoys biking around the Golden Gate Bridge, eating hand-crafted ice creams and listening to true crime podcasts.