As its name implies, generational wealth is meant to be passed from one generation to the next—and, hopefully, many more generations. Sadly, however, that often isn’t the case.
Generational Wealth is Evaporating
It’s estimated that 70 percent of well-off families will lose their wealth by the second generation and 90 percent will lose it by the third, reports Nasdaq. In other words, billions of dollars in generational wealth evaporate over time.
So, how can you ensure your wealth winds up with your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren? It takes proper planning and, most importantly, portfolio diversification. More specifically, it takes a portfolio that should include gold.
Over the next 25 years, an estimated $68 trillion will be passed along to heirs in what’s been described as the most significant transfer of wealth in history. Yet without planning and diversification, that wealth very quickly can be siphoned off or simply vanish.
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Gold Can Help Transfer Your Generational Wealth
One of the best ways to diversify your portfolio and protect your wealth is to include gold in your portfolio.
Throughout history, gold has been a reliable monetary standard and crisis commodity, and a check and balance on paper money, rogue governments, and ruthless banks.
Also, because gold is negatively correlated to other traditional assets, gold can serve as a potent portfolio diversifier as well as a hedge, haven, and generational safe harbor.
Translation: As a safe harbor, gold can help you pass along your wealth to future generations. It’s that simple.
Some of the smartest minds in asset management realize this already.
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High-Net-Worth Families Lean on Gold
In a recent survey, Family Office Networks, a global community for high-net-worth families, found that 42 percent of family offices were increasing their allocation to precious metals as a hedge against market volatility, and as a way to diversify their portfolios and protect their wealth.
Meanwhile, a recent survey by UBS and Campden Wealth showed 96 percent of family offices around the world either were increasing their allocations in gold and other precious metals over the following 12 months or were maintaining their current allocation levels.
An article published by Inc.com backs up the stance of family offices toward gold and other precious metals. Of the five assets cited as being used by wealthy people to preserve their wealth, three fell into that overall bucket: gold, other precious metals, and “rare coins.”
“Gold has always been a place for the wealthy to store their money. It makes sense because gold maintains considerable value even when paper currency is weak,” the Inc.com article noted. “History has [shown] us time and time again how the wealthy have survived through simply buying large amounts of this coveted metal.”
Perhaps up and coming generations have taken this to heart. Those who are “on their way” to achieving wealth are more and more inclined to buy gold and silver. According to Forbes, Millenials are proving to “look much better prepared in terms of asset allocation” than GenXers and Boomers, and to “hold the highest percentage of physical gold.”
How Will You Transfer Wealth to the Next Generation?
As anyone with a certain amount of wealth knows, many options are available for passing down wealth to secure the financial futures of generations to come. Each transfer between generations opens up the possibility of tax consequences and other financial headaches, reducing the amount of wealth that changes hands. Gold, however, can help solidify your financial legacy, helping it survive—and even thrive—from one generation to the next.
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