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Changing Hats for Founding Generations

Changing Hats for Founding Generations

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We’ve previously discussed the effect of increasing life expectancy on wealth transition – the ‘problem’ of the ageing family member who refuses to step aside is more prevalent than ever (the popular TV series Succession makes for great watching on this topic). Traditionally, roles within families have very long tenure, For someone who has been managing the family wealth for many years, the thought of leaving a job they have become very good at can…

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Talk About Family Money

Talk About Family Money

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Money is one of the few remaining taboo topics for discussion, but in wealthy families, it’s something that eventually does need to be discussed. The challenge is to develop a greater comfort in discussing it. The first step towards this is to understand the reason for discomfort, and it is usually because discussions about money bring on fear: fear that there isn’t or won’t be enough, that the next generation might be spoilt by excess,…

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wealthy family vulnerability

Wealthy Family Vulnerability

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[reprinted with permission] There’s a fascinating story currently on Bloomberg about the Singh brothers – heirs to an Indian health-care empire – and their relationship with guru Gurinder Singh Dhillon. What makes this interesting is the financial relationship between them, and the dramatic fall in their fortune over the last few months. It brings to mind another story with plenty more still to happen – that of Clare Bronfman’s involvement with a New York self-help…

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wealth transition resilience

Wealth Transition Resilience

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#Intergenerational necessity, vulnerabilities, and resilience are typical factors addressed in determining wealth transition. However, adapting to the changing demands, expectations and opportunities in the disruption via #pandemic will epically force family businesses to rethink their strategies. The immediate need for #workfromhome, revised #familybusiness strategy, #riskassessment, and governance are paramount for pivoting to #nextgeneration and #futureofwork organizations. In the UK, the final report by the Intergenerational Commission speaks in terms of an intergenerational contract – “the principle that…

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Wealth Transfer Skiing

Your Kids Inheritance; SKIing

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Whether you choose to spend your kids inheritance, gift assets, or you prefer to hold money back for the kids, managing what you leave behind can be done a few different ways. There is no right way, and there should be no pressure to choose one direction or another. Your life, your money! Mass media will always jump on stories that seek to challenge and debunk commonly accepted narratives. CNBC is running a story suggesting…

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Family Advisor Transitioning

Advisor Transitioning

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With all the talk about intergenerational wealth transition, another very important topic doesn’t get the attention it deserves: transition of trusted adviser relationships. The baby boomer generation of advisers manage a third of all client assets, and they too have retirement plans. Firms need to manage the succession planning of these advisers, and this means both advisers and families need to manage the transition of the relationships. In my family, we’ve had relationships with banks,…

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Privilege and Diseases of Family Wealth

Privilege and Other Diseases of the Wealthy

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Consider This: How do you explain your family wealth to young children? At what do you start this process? How do you say ‘no’ to them and place limits on their spending when they reply “but we can afford it”? Affluenza and entitle-itis are some of the newest ‘diseases’ that afflict the wealthy, and of course there is always the ubiquitous ‘privilege’ that almost everyone is now obliged to check. In her book Uneasy Street:…

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Business Family Succession

Business Family Succession

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7 Principles of Equity and Fairness

Equity and Fairness – 7 Deadly Principles 

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Consider This: Are members of your family more driven by greed or envy? While neither are good attributes, what can you do to mitigate their risks? Greed and Envy are two of the ‘seven deadly sins’ and are relevant to material wealth. Economists adopt the fundamental principle that people seek wealth maximisation (a form of greed), but is this really the case? Because we live in communities and families, it can be argued that the…

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Fear of Wealth Transfer

The Fear Concerning Wealth Transfer

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Q: How do we protect the next generation from blowing our money? A: Stop right there. Whether you have created or inherited the wealth, the language of the question reeks of a power, control and mistrust dynamic. Many families either hang on to their wealth or setup structures to prevent their children from “blowing it” (which is often controlling from the grave). Yes, it’s awkward having discussions about estate planning and family wealth, and who wants to…

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