Are you ready for the economic tsunami?

No More Practice Education has commissioned an exclusive report from McCrindle Research about the impending intergenerational wealth transfer and what this will mean for your practice:
  • $3.5 trillion to be spent or passed down by baby boomers over the next 20 years
  • Averaging $326,000 for each child who inherits
  • If spent, this wealth is likely to be eroded in two years
  • If managed correctly, it could help Gen X and Y fund their own retirements

To view the full, exclusive Wealth Transfer Report from McCrindle Research commissioned by No More Practice Education, please enter your details here. You will be emailed the report within 24 hours.




Over the next 20 years, there will be $3.5 trillion (AUD) either passed on to the emerging generations or spent. This is the largest and most significant intergenerational wealth transfer Australia has ever seen, and it presents a unique opportunity or alternatively a wasted chance for the next generations to significantly shape our nation’s future.

This demographic ‘future-case’ summary report provides an overview of the factors and trends shaping Australia economically and socially. This data has been collated through demographic analysis and economic modelling of the accumulation of wealth by older Australians, and the wealth transfers from them to the following generations.



With rising living costs, longer in retirement to fund and less government support for aged Australians in the future, Generation X will have to fund their own retirement, and will require more funds to do so than any previous generation.

Not only would the $3.5 trillion intergenerational wealth transfer be the only realistic way that most in this generation could fund their own retirement, but as shown, if this inheritance was effectively invested, it would grow to be the means of funding their own children’s future as well.

To put the size of this accumulation into perspective, the total national GDP is currently $1.7 trillion so the amount of accumulated wealth to be spent, invested or passed on over the next 20 years is twice the size of the Australian economy.

The unprecedented wealth accumulation of today’s retirees provides a similarly unprecedented wealth transfer opportunity, but a massive intergenerational opportunity cost if the money is spent rather than invested.

Should Generation X spend their inheritance, this would be a waste of a potential $15.1 trillion being added to the Australian economy



At an individual level, the costs of this missed opportunity are also profound. If little to none of the accumulated wealth of today’s retirees was passed on to their children, the investment opportunity, which will be key to funding future retirements, would be lost. Just as housing relative to earnings has increased, so retirement and aged care accommodation relative to average earnings has also increased. In a time of an ageing population, the demand for retirement housing is outstripping supply and so prices will continue to rise.

The calculated inheritance in this report will make the difference for a significant proportion of future retirees between being able to downsize into more appropriate accommodation or ageing in place with higher maintenance and opportunity costs, and for many, moving in with families. In the span of a generation we have seen the retirement ambition lurch markedly from saving to spending, and from a social value respecting the passing on of an inheritance to the championing of “spending the kids’ inheritance”.

The response to this once in a generation opportunity facing retirees in this Lucky Country will determine whether they retire with longevity, lifestyle and social inclusion at a level never before seen, or whether we see the return of the granny flat in great numbers- not to accommodate young people starting out in life, but as the final abode of older Australians who have simply run out of money.


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Binesh Seetanah


It would be a great read

Gary Hasler



Geoff Whiddon


This is of significant interest to me.

Meghan Weekes



Les McGuire


Please provide the report

Peter Nonnenmacher


Very relevant to our industry

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