What does the financial future hold

for the Next Generation?

MLC recently conducted a study surveying over 2000 Australian parents on what they thought the future held for their children, the results were startling. More than two thirds believed their children will not enjoy the same lifestyles that they have been afforded and 60% believed that the next generation will not be able to afford their own home.

The white paper also explored the retirement expectations and how they were to be managed, with the majority of respondents indicating that they would be reliant (or somewhat reliant) on the pension in retirement and many had concerns whether it would be available when they reached retirement.

These fears are probably a genuine concern and in my opinion make the importance on planning for the future all the more important.

Gone are the days where once you had a good job you put a bit of money aside and approached the bank for a loan, or had your boss put a few dollars into super and that with the age pension would get you by.

In the current financial environment, these things require an actionable plan, and the sooner that people start working towards these plans the sooner they will go to achieving them.

Simple strategies like developing a budget, outlining short term sacrifices that can be made to save faster, developing stepping stone investments and alike all help to turn dreams into reality.

Seeking professional advice can also be of great benefit. Financial planners are able to help formulate these plans with you, and in many cases also provide technical advice that may assist in the process.

Future generations may face challenges that are different to the ones faced by their parents and grandparents, but with planning and the right advice, they will be able succeed.


I bet if this study was conducted a few decades ago, the parents would have had concerns at that time as well, and that generation did just fine, young people today who prepare for the future will most likely finish up ok as well.

Author; Alex McKenzie Categories: Future Financial Services Blog

About the Author

Alex McKenzie

Alex McKenzie

Owner at Future Financial Services


  • Paraplanner at Zammit Partners Investments
  • Unit Trust Administrator at Colonial First State


  • University of Western Sydney
  • Penrith High


As a Financial Planner I help people to achieve what they would like in life. This involves helping you to identify the things in life they would like , developing plans to help achieve them and strategies to protect what you already have. We do this by providing Financial Advice to guide you through your life stages.

The financial planning process involves determining a clients current situation and financial objectives and tailoring strategies to assist in best achieving those objectives.

I am an expert in superannuation, investments and insurance, these are tools we use to help you achieve your goals.

I aim to use my knowledge of superannuation, taxation and Centrelink to efficiently use your assets and income to achieve your financial goals.

Retirement and pre-retirement planning, wealth creation, asset protection, insurance planning and estate planning are all areas of advice that I provide.

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