When someone becomes wealthy, such as through a successful family business or by working for a company that goes public, they can often assume all their problems will disappear now that they’ve “made it.” But when you have a family, the various needs, wants, and opinions of different family members can rise to the surface over time, and the issue of transitioning the wealth to the younger generation may prove complicated. In fact, it’s fairly common that family businesses and their consequent wealth don’t last past the third generation.
So, how can you change that? How do wealthy families stay wealthy?
Here are the top 10 things wealthy families do to stay wealthy. It can take hard work and a group of trusted advisors like CPAs and financial planners to stay the course. We hope you find these strategies helpful.
1. Invest in Diverse Portfolios
Wealthy families often have a diverse range of investments, including stocks, bonds, real estate, and alternative assets like hedge funds and private equity. This helps to spread risk and ensure that the family’s wealth is not overly reliant on any one investment. They know that concentration can create wealth, but diversification is the prudent way to preserve wealth.
2. Manage Their Money Wisely
Making informed decisions, especially about your finances, is important. Wealthy families often have a team of financial advisors and accountants to help them manage their wealth and make informed financial decisions. This may include setting financial goals, creating budgets, and making smart investments.
3. Save and Budget
Even wealthy families can’t always rely on their income alone to maintain their wealth. Many successful families prioritize saving and budgeting in order to set aside funds for the future and prepare for financial setbacks.
4. Educate Themselves
Wealthy families often place a strong emphasis on financial education. This may involve educating themselves about investment opportunities, learning about new industries, or staying up to date with financial news and trends.
5. Pass on Wealth to Future Generations
Who doesn’t want to preserve their wealth and the hard work that went into making it? Wealthy families often work to ensure that their wealth is passed down to future generations. This may involve creating trusts, estate planning, and educating younger family members about financial management.
6. Foster a Culture of Hard Work
Many wealthy families believe that hard work and determination are key to staying wealthy. They may encourage family members to take on challenging careers and responsibilities and to always strive for excellence.
7. Practice Philanthropy
Wealthy families often use their wealth to give back to their communities and make a positive impact on the world. This may involve supporting charitable causes, starting foundations, or participating in philanthropic efforts.
8. Take Calculated Risks
While it’s important to be cautious with money, wealthy families also understand that taking calculated risks can lead to great rewards. They may be willing to take on investments or business ventures that have a higher level of risk, as long as they are well-informed and have a solid plan in place.
9. Stay Organized and Plan Ahead
Wealthy families often have a clear plan in place for managing their wealth and making financial decisions. This may involve setting long-term financial goals, creating budgets, and keeping track of their investments and expenses. They know planning can reduce taxes, which can be a source of wealth erosion.
10. Seek Out Opportunities for Growth
Wealthy families often have a growth mindset and are always on the lookout for opportunities to increase their wealth. This may involve expanding their businesses, investing in new ventures, or seeking out new investment opportunities.
Take action now to secure your family’s wealth for future generations. Delap Wealth Advisory specializes in helping maximize the after-tax, risk-adjusted financial outcomes our clients experience. Reach out to our team today to start a conversation.
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