The Top 10 Retirement Tips You Can Give Your Millennial

If you’re a parent with kids in their 20s or 30s — or any kids at all — you’re probably no stranger to worrying about their future, including their financial future.

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If you’re a parent with kids in their 20s or 30s — or any kids at all — you’re probably no stranger to worrying about their future, including their financial future.

As you watch your now-adult children venture out into the real world, though, you may see them focusing almost entirely on their financial needs in the here-and-now — paying the rent, determining just how much health or renters insurance they can afford, etc. While learning how to manage their financial needs now is important, though, they also need guidance about how to secure their future.

There are certain underlying principles you can teach your kids now that, if followed, will help them secure financial independence in another 30 to 40 years. As a financial adviser, I have witnessed firsthand how people who approach their finances as a decades-long discipline will find themselves in great shape as they approach retirement. Conversely, those who bounce through life hoping things will somehow turn out all right might find their twilight years challenging.

The following are my top 10 savings tips you should be teaching your adult kids now.

Written by Jamie Letcher (opens in new tab), a Financial Adviser with CUNA Brokerage Services, located at Summit Credit Union (opens in new tab) in Madison, Wis. Summit Credit Union is a $2.7 billion CU serving 163,000 members.

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Jamie Letcher, CRPC®
Financial Adviser, LPL

Jamie Letcher is a Financial Adviser with LPL Financial, located at Summit Credit Union (opens in new tab) in Madison, Wis. Summit Credit Union is a $5 billion CU serving 176,000 members. Letcher helps members work toward achieving their financial goals and through a process that begins with a “get-to-know-you” meeting and ends with a collaborative plan, complete with action steps. He is a member of FINRA/SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and investment adviser.