There are a number of statistics affecting today’s boomers, and it’s likely you’ve heard at least a few of these:
- About 15% of today’s baby boomers have a traditional pension plan (TIME Magazine)
- The Alliance for Investor Education states that half of retiring Americans have less than $2,000 saved
- 40% of Americans plan to “work until they drop” (AARP)
In addition, more Americans will need long term care services, and due to divorce, smaller families and tight budgets, many children are taking over the reins of their parents’ personal and financial needs. While this certainly has obvious implications for the healthcare field, it also has important ramifications for life settlements.
As more children take control of their parent’s finances, these adult children face a variety of challenges. Typically working themselves, they are faced with working double shifts through their employment and the care of their aging parents. They may also be losing their savings in order to pay for in-home care. This article details a few things you need to know about this population and how you can make a life settlement sale directed to them and their needs.
To start, here are some important facts you should know about this market:
1. They are willing to talk options.
Adult children with families of their own, particularly where both parents work, are extremely familiar with juggling schedules, decisions and sacrifices. When faced with aging parents needing special care (even if it’s just management of their finances), these children feel constrained, as though they have no options but to either tap through their parent’s savings or their own.
Just the fact that these families face challenges and additional burdens gives you the foot in the door to talk possibilities. Instead of feeling overwhelmed and unfamiliar with what choices, if any, they have available, a conversation about a life settlement can be the welcome news they’ve been hoping for. Now is a critical time to get that foot in the door to offer solutions to the clients who need it. The aging popular may be unable or unwilling to initiate that conversation, or they may not even be aware that they have any options. Reaching out to the children provides a warm introduction to those parents.
2. Talking to your clients’ children builds your client base.
Isn’t part of this business built on the strength of referrals? Extending your introduction and conversation to the adult children broadens your network and contacts and provides even greater chances of referrals. Adult children caring for aging parents are friends with other adult children in similar situations, which can only help you grow your business. Busy people are looking for simple solutions, and your ability to step in at the right time to provide that will often result in referrals.