Financial wisdom for the young

As you get older, your attitude to money changes. Many people wished they started planning for their future sooner. These lessons need to be taught to the young.

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With age comes wisdom, but so do the bills.

The older you get the more responsibilities you take on – and the expenses come rolling in. Despite these costs draining bank accounts every month, there are numerous steps that can be taken to improve your financial position over time. Teaching young people how to structure their finances so they can invest brings them one step closer to financial security.

So, let’s explore the different stages of early life and the steps that can be taken to maximise your own or your children’s wealth and financial wellbeing.

The turbulent twenties

In my experience, the “turbulent twenties” is a time of education and career building – when your income, hopefully, starts to increase. However, expenses also start to rise as spending on discretionary items and life experiences can get out of hand. Especially when lifestyles are all too often fuelled by expectations generated by social media. This can, unfortunately, lead to acquiring large levels debt.

For someone in their twenties to get through this turbulent decade, it's important they think about and define their priorities. Then steps can be taken to make these goals a reality.

Whatever these goals are, they are likely to hinge on financial discipline. Once the bills are paid, the important step should be setting aside monthly savings. Sticking to your guns and not dipping into your savings will provide the foundation needed to bolster your personal finances in the coming years and decades. Regardless of how important that pair of new shoes or holiday seem. By putting a financial plan in place you can start making your money work for you rather than living from one payday to the next one. Follow the link for more financial tips in your twenties.

Surplus-building thirties

As thirty-somethings see their income increase it is often the time to make bigger decisions, such as buying a home, marriage and building a family. Student loans are currently charged at an interest rate in excess of 5%. This is much higher than current borrowing rates and may still be a major financial issue into the future.

This is where older generations can really make a difference to those they love. An interest-free loan from parents or grandparents can make a major difference to a graduate’s finances. Instead of paying interest and capital the student just repays the value of the loan back to their family member. By eliminating these high interest repayments, and the compound interest that could result, the length of the loan can be reduced, clearing the debt early.

Alternatively, a part of the budgeting exercise could involve redirecting monthly savings into your student loan, therefore reducing the amount outstanding at a faster pace.

As surplus funds build during the decade it’s important to use annual Individual Savings Account (ISA) allowances,

currently £20,000 each, to protect your investments from capital gains and income tax. This is a good way to build a mortgage deposit.

Another way of getting onto the property ladder is Shared Ownership. This is an affordable homeownership scheme that makes it easier for first-time buyers to get on the property ladder. Buyers purchase a share of a property and pay rent on the remaining share. Over time you can buy additional equity and reduce the rent you pay as your financial circumstances change.

You can also make pension contributions into your company pension scheme. The benefits of which include:

  • Tax relief on your pension contributions at your highest rate of tax
  • Tax-free compound growth within the pension fund
  • Employer contributions into the pension scheme, which could be matched or be higher than your contributions.

However, the funds cannot be accessed until the age of 55 (rising to 57 between 2026 and 2028).

The most important thing is to start teaching young people the value of managing their finances. The earlier they realise that disciplined spending habits and realistic budgeting can add a turbo-charge to their wealth.

Follow the link for more tips on financial goals for your thirties.

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