Millennials showing another hint of Mature-like behavior

Millennials showing another hint of Mature-like behavior

Posted On June 11, 2013

One of the core theories in generational management is that generational norms exist based largely in response to the world environment during a group’s formative years.  For the older half of the millennial generation (those currently 18 – 34) the rollercoaster economy seems to be making its mark. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Millennials are more cautious about debt than is typically expected of twenty somethings. In fact, in the past 12 years, the average debt in young households was reduced by almost half. I was especially interested in the author’s comment that this behavior is… Read More

Categories: Generations, Matures, Recession Economy

Gen X Still Buying Online

Posted On January 17, 2013

Back in 2009 when Pew took a look at the generations online, their survey revealed that while Millennials were the Internet’s most avid users, Gen Xers were the biggest online buyers. Four years later, a Forrester study reveals that’s still pretty much the case. According to the survey, Millennials are the most likely to use the internet to shop, with 84% having done so in the last 3 months compared to about 80% of Gen Xers. However, Xers spent the most online, about $561 a piece during the 3 months covered by the study compared with $489 from Millennials and… Read More

Categories: Baby Boomers, Blog, Matures

Boomers Raiding Savings to Help Parents and Kids

Posted On May 11, 2012

The savings rate among Baby Boomers has dropped dramatically since the Recession began. Instead, Boomers are using their would-be retirement savings to help out family members from generations who are having an even tougher time. According to an Ameriprise survey, the share of Boomers saving for their own retirements has dropped from 44% to 24% since 2007. At the same time more than half of Boomers (58%) are providing financial assistance to aging parents. Almost all (93%) of them who have children are providing them with assistance including tuition and student loans (71%) and car buying (53%). Despite the fact… Read More

Categories: Baby Boomers, Recession Economy, Work

Generational Wealth Transfer – Update

Posted On July 27, 2012

At the turn of the century, economists estimated that about $41 trillion in wealth would change hands from one generation to another by the middle of the century. Now, a couple of new studies help clarify which generations will be inheriting how much. For starters, according to a MetLife study, Baby Boomers still stand to inherit quite a bit from their Mature parents.  They estimate that over the next couple of decades Boomers will inherit nearly $12 trillion. According to the study, roughly two-thirds of Boomers will receive inheritances and the median inheritance or transfer will be about $64,000. That… Read More

Categories: Baby Boomers, Matures, Wealth

Stand Out v Fit In? Open for Debate. Love your comments.

Posted On August 9, 2012

What do you think?  Please go to the YouTube page ( and weigh in w your thoughts. Cam

Categories: Baby Boomers, Generations, Matures, Workplace

Older Boomers, Matures Don’t Mind Aging

Posted On August 14, 2012

The Baby Boomers are the generation with the optimistic and “forever young” attitudes. Perhaps that’s why they don’t feel so bad about getting old, according to a survey conducted by the National Council on Aging. More than 75% of Boomers and Matures over 60 surveyed are optimistic that the best is still yet to come and expect to maintain or improve their quality of life over the next decade. Senior Boomers do worry about money. About half of those surveyed are concerned about covering their bills in the future.  And about a third are worried about paying for long-term care… Read More

Categories: Baby Boomers, Recession Economy

More Working Past 65, Revising Retirement Expectations

Posted On May 29, 2012

More Americans than ever are working past the age of 65, according to Labor Department statistics cited by The New York Times. As longevity and health care improves, and as the economy remains tight, more Matures, along with the leading edge of the Baby Boomers, are deciding to stay on the job. Employment among every age group above 65, including those above 75, has risen steadily. The ranks of the 65+ in the workforce swelled noticeably in the last year as the first Boomers reached the traditional retirement-age milestone. “The fact of the matter is that this aging-but-not-yet-aged segment of… Read More

Categories: Baby Boomers, Matures, Work, Workplace

Boomers, Matures Value Legacies Other Than Wealth

Posted On June 7, 2012

A new Allianz survey shows that Baby Boomers think it’s more important for a family to pass on its non-material legacy than to pass on its wealth. 86% of Boomers said it was important for elders to pass on their family’s history and stories to their descendants. 64% place importance on the inheritance of family possessions. But only 9% consider a financial inheritance to be vital. The Matures, the Boomers parents, generally agree with their offspring though they place a relatively higher priority on leaving behind some wealth for their kids. In comparison with the same survey conducted in 2005,… Read More

Categories: Baby Boomers, Blog, Matures

Boomers’ Inheritance Vanishing

Posted On June 15, 2012

Boomers are losing their expected inheritance to their parents’ longevity, according to an analysis in the Wall Street Journal. Matures who have reached their late 60s have as much as a 50-50 chance of living well into their 80s and many into their 90s. Thanks to medical and longevity gains, 85-and-over is the fastest growing age group in the nation. But thanks to that longevity, the Boomers expected inheritance is shrinking as long-lived retirees use their resources to support themselves. It’s long been estimated that over $40 trillion in inheritance would change hands in the first half of this century…. Read More

Categories: Baby Boomers, Matures, Work

Generations Donate Differently

Posted On July 14, 2011

Studies of generational philanthropy show that different generations give to charity differently, both in amount and in how they choose a charity. Various studies show that donors from the Mature and Baby Boomer generations tend to give to charities that they are familiar with or have a personal connection to. Gen Xers and Millennials, on the other hand, tend to choose philanthropies that support causes that are important to them, even if those causes are far removed from any personal or community connection. So, while a Boomer might donate to a health organization because she knows those involved and affected… Read More

Categories: Baby Boomers, Charity, Generations, Matures
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