Almost regardless of how much you have in the bank, it’s hard to feel financially secure.
Across the board, households are facing surging child-care costs, ballooning auto loans, high mortgage rates and record rents amid economic uncertainty and recessionary fears.
Of those with more than $1 million in investable assets, as many as one third — or 33% — fear they could outlive their savings, according to Northwestern Mutual’s 2023 Planning and Progress Study.
And nearly half, or 47%, of wealthy Americans said their financial planning needs improvement.
Despite their high net worth, less than half of all millionaires, or 44%, felt “very comfortable,” a separate report by Edelman Financial Engines found.
Even doctors, lawyers and other highly paid professionals — also referred to as the “regular rich” — who benefit from stable jobs, homeownership and a well-padded retirement savings account said they don’t feel well off at all. Some even said they feel poor, according to another recent survey conducted by Bloomberg.
Yet there are things millionaires do that the rest of us may not, Northwestern Mutual’s report also found, which can go a long way toward improving long-term well-being.
Here are three moves wealthy Americans are more likely to make:
“Wealthy people hold themselves to an exceptionally high standard when it comes to managing their finances,” said Aditi Javeri Gokhale, chief strategy officer and head of institutional investments at Northwestern Mutual.
In fact, 84% of the wealthiest Americans said they have a long-term financial plan that accounts for economic ups and downs, Northwestern Mutual found. Only 52% of the general population said the same.
“They don’t go on autopilot. Instead, they aim to see well beyond today,” Gokhale said. “That includes the possibility of twists and turns in their financial lives.”
To come up with a plan based on risk tolerance and goals, millionaires are also much more likely to seek professional help.
Seven out of 10 wealthy Americans work with a financial advisor, nearly double the amount of the…