You can’t retire from being a parent. But there are ways to plan for the challenges ahead.
Your 25-year-old MBA just moved home, your mother is celebrating her 85th birthday and your brilliant 30-year-old daughter just pitched you her can’t-miss start-up.
Congratulations, you’re officially CEO of Family, Inc.
Let’s not kid ourselves. These days, retirement isn’t just about us. Today, one-in-seven middle-aged adults support their grown children as well as their aging parents.2 Known as “The Sandwich Generation,” many of us find ourselves juggling our retirement planning while also supporting and caring for loved ones.
We’re also living longer. Today’s 65-year-olds have a 50% chance of making it to their mid-80s, and it’s not uncommon anymore to reach 90 and beyond.3 That’s a lot to consider when planning for a retirement that could last more than two decades. Not to mention all of the other big questions like, when should you retire? And what if you have an unexpected health issue?
At Morgan Stanley, we understand that family wealth planning is challenging. That’s why our Financial Advisors believe the roadmap to a more comfortable future begins with two key family wealth considerations:
Have an Honest Conversation
For many families, there are few topics more taboo than money. Nearly 83% of affluent parents don’t discuss their finances with their kids, for fear of raising irresponsible adults.4 And 59% of adults are uncomfortable talking to their own retired parents about the cost of long-term care.5
One of the best solutions is an honest conversation with your family and a trusted Financial Advisor. Morgan Stanley Financial Advisors make family wealth discussions a top priority in the relationships they build with clients. They employ a goals-based process to discover family dynamics, aspirations, and values—getting to know the family’s needs beyond just investment strategy and risk tolerance.
The result is a tailored plan designed for today, while being flexible enough to grow with your family as things change.
Make Financial Fitness a Family Hobby
Once the cards are on the table, it’s time to educate. After all, a financially literate family is essential to building wealth that lasts. A great first step is educating your kids early about scholarships and the cost of college so they have some skin in the game and are prepared to handle some money matters on their own.
Next, make an effort to prepare adult children for their own financial future. Whether it’s helping them on the journey to their first home or simply making them aware of the dramatic benefits of saving early for retirement, teaching the basics goes a long way toward reaching dreams.
Another valuable resource is the Morgan Stanley Financially Fit program, an interactive digital program that explains key concepts—from credit scores to home ownership, charitable giving, ways to pay for college and more. Starting with grade school and progressing through high school, college and adulthood, our Financial Advisors use this program to encourage meaningful conversations between clients and their children.
Your Family’s Partner for Wealth Planning
To help you achieve your goals, Morgan Stanley Financial Advisors have full access to all of the Firm’s resources and intellectual capital, plus extensive research and technology platforms. They take time to understand what is truly important to you, and work with the entire family to craft a plan that’s resilient through this generation, and the next.
With a Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor in your corner, you’ll be able to harness the change—and the opportunity—that come with the business of family. Contact a Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor today to help you visualize your family’s future and outline the steps to achieve it.
Because it all starts with a conversation.