If you’re feeling pressure to provide some kind of financial support to your aging parents as well as to your children while still trying to meet your own monetary goals and obligations, if you find yourself struggling to set your financial priorities because you feel pulled in multiple generational directions, you have company as a member of the Sandwich Generation.
Younger baby boomers and members of Generation X are most likely to find themselves “sandwiched.” A Pew Research Center study from 2015 found that in the United States, nearly half — 47% — of people in the 40-59 age range not only have one or two parents age 65 or older, they are also either raising a young child or have provided financial assistance to a grown child in the preceding 12 months.
In a perfect world, you would have enough money to meet your own financial needs and goals, while also offering financial assistance to an adult child and/or an aging parent if and when they need it. But many people don’t have that luxury. Instead, they’re faced with difficult either-or choices. And sometimes, given the emotions and family dynamics involved, those choices aren’t so clear-cut, says David Emery, a Certified Financial Planner™ with Marshall Financial Group in Doylestown, PA. “You have all these competing forces in play. It takes a lot of thought to sort out.”
If you follow the Chinese zodiac, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. But it might as well be the Year of the Question Mark for all the uncertainty surrounding financial markets, government policy and the global geopolitical landscape.
What does all the uncertainty mean for your money? What steps should you consider taking in the year ahead to provide yourself with a measure of much-needed financial clarity in the face of such a cloudy future? Read on as some of the country’s leading personal finance experts offer their suggestions for handling your money in 2017.
What’s the first thing people look at when they open their investment account statement? Usually their eyes go right to the bottom line, to see how much their shares of stock, or their mutual fund portfolio, or their retirement plan assets, have lost or gained in value.
That’s not surprising, given the inclination of so many people to prioritize higher returns on their investments in the quest to build a larger nest egg for retirement. But there comes a time when the proximity of retirement may dictate a shift in mindset, whereby protecting nest egg assets becomes just as important as growing them.
Each generation has its own distinct set of financial issues to grapple with — money-related priorities to meet, challenges to overcome, dreams to fulfill and values to act upon. For Baby Boomers, the generation born between 1946 and 1964, many of those issues revolve around retirement.
For them, it’s not only about addressing immediate financial needs but also taking the appropriate planning steps to position themselves for a financially secure next phase of life, whether or not the next phase involves full retirement, continuing to work, or something in between. Add to that concerns about aging parents and “boomerang” adult children, and you get an idea of just how unique and complex financial planning can be for members of the Boomer generation.
I am pleased to tell you that we have solidified our schedule for All-Member Virtual Media Trainings in 2017! These are opportunities for all members, regardless of their location, to join Ben Lewis from FPA National for a quarterly media training. While the trainings are open to all members, any CFP® professional member of FPA who attends one will then qualify to take part in FPA MediaSource, our automated media query system.
The dates of the trainings in 2017 are:
Anyone wanting to register can simply visit www.OneFPA.org/MediaTraining and click on the date they are interested in.
And a reminder, if your chapter is interested in hosting a media training with me exclusively for your chapter, please let me know. These can be done virtually or in-person. Just let me know if you want to discuss this or want to get something scheduled!
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