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    Millennials and money: are they ready for the responsibility of wealth?

    A freak mid-November snow storm didn’t stop some twenty-five young adults from participating in Newport Private Wealth’s popular educational and networking forum, NextWave. The evening’s discussion was led by three of our young associates, providing both professional insight and their own personal experiences on the thought-provoking topic of managing finances with a significant other.

    Participants were asked to reflect on their own relationship with money by completing the phrase “today, money means _____ to me”. The millennials slowly began to share their own words: “safety”, “independence”, “future”, and then became more comfortable shouting out, “good wine”, “freedom” and even “stress.” The responses aligned with the results of a recent study ranking security, happiness, more responsibility, fun and stress as the top five answers among the general population according to a report by CNBC.

    Surprisingly, estate planning emerged as one of the most popular issues of the evening. Although it is rather ironic as these young couples are closer to the beginning of their lives; this group was genuinely concerned with protecting their families should an end-of-life event occur. This result was contrary to a survey conducted by Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Co., which found that 88% of Canadians between the ages of 27 and 34 do not have a will. Perhaps this demonstrates that adult children of wealthy families actually understand their financial responsibilities.

    This event was Newport Private Wealth’s fifth in a series of educational and networking seminars that is a component of Newport’s NextWave program. Nextwave is an initiative to prepare young adults to better manage their wealth in the years ahead. It is a catalyst for discovery, a forum for learning and an opportunity for networking. It was borne out of a desire expressed by our clients that their children and grandchildren develop healthy money management habits and ultimately gain the experience needed to steward wealth, responsibly.

    The NextWave program is typically implemented through a multi-generational approach. A senior advisor at Newport Private Wealth works with parents (or grandparents); whereas, a younger associate provides guidance to adult children in the hope of building a long-term relationship. Managing wealth is about building trust and fostering relationships.  At Newport Private Wealth, we take a different perspective. Yours.

    A Young Adult’s Guide to Smart Spending

    NextWAVE 14May2014 SmartChoices Page 1 150x150 A Young Adult’s Guide to Smart SpendingWe recently held the spring session of our popular NextWave program, an educational and networking based initiative that helps the next generation of our client families become more informed, confident and financially independent.

    On an evening in May, a group of young adults in their 20s and 30s gathered in our boardroom to discuss ‘how to spend money wisely’. Although this topic might seem somewhat prosaic, it attracted close to 40 ‘millennials’ and inspired a spirited discussion. The following concepts were discussed as a guide for young adults to make smart spending decisions and more effectively build and manage wealth.

    Live a comfortable life, not a wasteful one. Many ‘Gen Y’ individuals have never experienced real financial hardship. The downside of this is that it can sometimes lead to overconfidence and overspending, rather than saving for ‘rainy days’ or to achieve financial independence.
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    NextWave – A Young Adult’s Guide to Investing

    Finances101 NextWave 150x136 NextWave   A Young Adults Guide to InvestingWe hosted our 3rd NextWave event last week in our King West offices where over 30 young adults gathered to learn about and discuss financial issues specifically relevant to the younger age demographic. This NextWave event is part of a larger program to help young adults develop healthy money management habits and ultimately gain the experience needed to steward wealth responsibly.

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    Baby checklist

    BabyChecklist 150x150 Baby checklistI’m not sure if it is my age, gender or maybe it’s just my network but it seems like everywhere I turn babies are a topic of discussion. Many new parents are eager to share itty-bitty details about parenthood but less inclined to discuss how their new little addition has impacted their financial lives.

    As part of our NextWave program of financial education for young adults in their 20s and 30s, we have put together a checklist outlining some important financial elements that parents, or even grandparents, may wish to consider. We hope that this guide will help simplify the financial process, allowing parents to focus on the day-to-day duties of caring for their new baby.

    Baby Steps to Financial Peace of Mind: A New Parents’ Guide can be downloaded from our website by clicking this link.

    Newport Private Wealth’s NextWave program is designed to help young adults navigate financial issues faced throughout their 20s and 30s.

    Passing wealth on now, later, ever?

    Today’s Globe & Mail High Net Worth section featured Newport Private Wealth in a piece by journalist Paul Brent entitled Don’t let your money spoil the kids.

    It deals with the issues, desires, opportunities and complications of wealthy baby boomers assisting their offspring financially — a subject that’s near and dear to our hearts and on which several of our colleagues have blogged. You can also read David Lloyd’s post on Catalyst Funding and Kevin Dean’s Engaging the Next Generation.

    For high net worth families concerned about preparing the next generation for responsible wealth management, remember that we offer an educational program for young adults, NextWave. Contact Caitlin Lloyd or Kevin Dean to learn more.

    Engaging the next generation

    At the end of November we held our launch event for NextWave, Newport Private Wealth’s initiative for young adults to help them become better equipped at managing wealth.

    We had a tremendous turnout with over 40 young adults in attendance for an evening of networking and a brief introduction to the concept of NextWave, as well as introductory topics that will lead into our future events. Feedback from attendees was enthusiastic: “These are exactly the kinds of questions I have but I don’t know who to talk to” and “I was so happy that I actually understood what you were talking about because I feel totally underprepared when it comes to financials”.

    The feedback confirmed our belief that there is a strong desire to learn. Young adults want to take more responsibility, but with little in hard financial assets early in their careers they feel like they don’t have access to qualified individuals to discuss their concerns. [read more >>]

    Filling the knowledge gap for the young affluent

    NextWAVE 28Nov2012 thumb 150x150 Filling the knowledge gap for the young affluentWealthy baby boomers are retiring and the ‘Great Transfer’ of wealth is well underway. Yet, according to the 2012 U.S. Trust Insights on Wealth and Worth Survey, more than two-thirds of parents believe their children are not adequately prepared to handle wealth. This is not surprising because managing wealth isn’t generally taught by our education system and is often not discussed within the family.

    It is common for young adults of affluent families to start receiving money in their twenties as beneficiaries of estates and trusts and many are ill equipped to make sound financial decisions with the capital. Conversely, adult children of wealthy families may have misconceptions regarding entitlement to family wealth and/or the relationship any wealth transfer might have on their planned lifestyle.

    NextWave is Newport Private Wealth’s initiative to fill the knowledge gap for young adults to become better equipped at managing wealth through a series of discussions tailored specifically to this demographic and present these topics in a way that resonates with these young adults.  The following are concerns among young people that will be discussed in NextWave’s series of upcoming financial workshops. [read more >>]