Skip to main content

Watch 'Behind Every Bear Market Is an Opportunity' Webinar recording

Losing Time

The More Financially Secure You Are, The Less Time You Have...

Photo of author, Will Carter, JD.
Will Carter, JD
Senior Advisor

One of the most important concerns of our wealth management clients involves a resource even more finite than their money – their time.

A century ago, the rich were known as the leisure class, while poor and laboring classes toiled long hours. Nowadays, the situation is reversed, with wealthier people working longer hours and dedicating less time to leisure than the rest, a shift that is causing major changes in our bodies’, our families, our jobs, and our economy. The Economist recently surveyed the research on this topic in a fascinating read, but you will need to provide your email address to view it after clicking here. It’s worth the trouble.

There are two ways that wealth managers can help clients get more value for their time. Firms serving ultra high net worth ($20M+) households (sometimes organized into “family offices”) function as a concierge, with staff who function as personal financial assistants.

Less affluent, but still financial secure households, can make better use of their time, and their time with advisors, by thinking rigorously about how different financial strategies increase not only their net worth and financial security, but also how they use their time. For instance, simply deciding to spend less on lifestyle can allow people in their thirties to responsibly reduce career options in order to stay at home with children, professionals in their fifties to leave the grind to do public service work, or grandparents in their seventies to spring for expensive vacations that would otherwise be imprudent.

If this issue resonates with you, you are not alone, as evidence in the description of Gallup poll results below, providing further documentation of the tendency for people to feel “poor” in terms of time even as their wealth rises:

Related Insights
I Stock 1063301176 JA Eblog

Rental Property: Investment or Job?

For individuals who have thought about getting into rental properties as an easy way to make cash while building assets for retirement, it will be important that you do your homework and set appropriate expectations of the venture. Learn more about calculating the returns on rental property.

Read More
Generations

Educate Your Family to be Good Stewards

Did you know nearly 90% of affluent wealth is lost by third generation? Sound multi-generational planning and education is key to increasing the likelihood that your family will be part of the 10% that “get it right.” We are proud of the work we do to help our clients be good stewards of their family wealth to grow for future generations. Learn more.

Read More
Parachute 1702689 1920 copy 800px

Three Skydiving Tenets That Will Help You Achieve Personal Financial Success

What core tenets for a master skydiver's success align exactly with the core principles for successful financial planning? Find out here and start your journey to mastering your wealth!

Read More
Play