How To Build Generational Wealth

Jenny Handwerk |

How To Build Generational Wealth

The wealth that is transfered from one generation to the next is known  as generational wealth. It could include cash, natural land, securities, antiques such as antique musical instruments and paintings, or family business ownership. Education, relationships, the ability to take higher risks, and lucrative work inside a family firm can all contribute to generational wealth.

Providing your children or grandchildren with a small financial safety net as they get older may make it simpler for them to reach milestones such as attending college or owning a home.

The Federal Reserve estimates that the average value of generational wealth transfers is $350 billion per year. In a typical year, approximately 2 million households receive either inheritances or big gifts, according to the Federal Reserve's Survey of Consumer Finances.

Families may have many motivations for generating generational wealth, but the bottom line is that they want their money to serve others long after they are gone. 

Steps to Build Generational Wealth 

Discuss About Money with Your Children

Many families struggle with their financial situation. As a result, money may become a taboo subject. If you want to instill a good connection with cash in the next generation of your family, you must embrace the topic, provide lessons, and share your own experience.

Communicating your money values to your children can help them understand why you're concerned about generational wealth and help them develop the skills necessary to secure it when they inherit it.

The best savers have parents who ensure that every time they make money, they commit to putting some of it into a savings account from an early age.

Develop various income streams

With inflation on the rise, many Americans are seeking other ways to supplement their income. Saving and mindfully investing for your future self and those who come after you entails having enough money to support your current expenses. According to a new Western and Southern Financial Group report, 44% of Americans pursue several jobs to generate money. 

Prioritize Additional Saving

To accumulate enough wealth to last generations, you must continually live below your means (and save your excess income). Begin by maxing up your retirement funds, then progress to investing in outside brokerage accounts and other assets that may appreciate over time.

Your behavioral actions, not your financial selections, are the most critical determinants of your success in accumulating generational wealth. Saving instead of spending and being aware of programs that optimize compounding growth of money, such as a corporate match on retirement or placing money into a Roth versus a standard retirement account, are behavioral choices.

Invest For The Future

Many affluent people I've met have done significant things like starting a company from the bottom up, selling it, and then sitting on their cash. It's fair to want to protect the money you've worked so hard to accumulate over time, but holding cash for many years is an easy way to lose purchasing power and reduce your value.

Rather than retaining sales earnings without reinvestment, invest cash with a specific aim. Is the purpose to grow money as much as possible over time so that it can be passed down to the next generation? If it is, you may have a portfolio that is substantially invested in equities, which have a high rate of return over time.

Avoiding Unnecessary Debt

Debt obligations can burden families with monthly fees for the rest of their lives. Every dollar you pay in interest is a dollar you cannot invest for future generations. While some debt is essential (e.g., mortgages, college loans), many consumers need to catch up and accumulate so much debt that their capacity to save for other purposes suffers.

Encouraging your child to have a good relationship with debt, just as you would teach your child about budgeting, can do wonders for wealth accumulation. Consider explaining to your child what different credit lines mean and keeping your personal use percentage low.

Have An Estate Plan

The process by which individuals select how their assets will be managed or dispersed in the case of incapacity or death is known as estate planning. Having an updated and financed estate plan not only allows the most significant amount of money to be passed down to the next generation but also saves families from the long and painful probate process. Prepare your strategy with the help of a knowledgeable estate planning attorney.


Generating generational wealth can take time, and it can be challenging to know where to begin. Speaking with your children about money, investing for the future, managing debt, establishing an estate plan, employing life insurance, and taking advantage of current legislation are all actions you can take to create generational wealth.