The majority of people are embarrassed to ask for financial help

Is money the key to happiness? According to 30% of people we asked in a recent survey, the answer is yes.

A recent study* conducted by Hodge revealed 56% of people are embarrassed to ask family members for financial help.

We asked more than 3,000 people about their attitude towards money and their financial aspirations for the future. The research included in-depth face-to-face interviews and more than 3,000 shorter interviews, it was designed to help us understand how attitudes towards finance change between the generations.

Future financial security

The research found that while a third of people pin a lot of their future happiness on financial goals, they don’t feel comfortable discussing this with their families.

Emma Graham, business development director for Hodge, explained: “The study highlighted not only how much importance people put on their financial security in the future, but also how difficult families find financial conversations.”

Embarrassment really hits a peak in the 35-45 age group, with 60% thinking it’s awkward asking for financial help. This figure drops with age and 58% of those over the age of 75 are happy to help out financially.

Emma went on to explain: “At Hodge, we view financial circumstances from a lifelong point of view, it’s not just about individual products – it’s a lot more about helping people throughout their lives and understanding their individual and family circumstances and how they change. This study was commissioned to understand how different generations approach their finances and how this evolves over time.”

Talking tricky topics

The study also revealed other areas families are reluctant to discuss, including inheritance planning, with just 23% having spoken to their spouse and only 13% with children (increasing to 35% of grandparents with their children) about inheritance planning. Just 3 in 10 of those aged between 35-54 have a will in place, and only 42% of all respondents organised a will.

This is the first part of our campaign “It’s all relative” which looks at family relationships and how finances impact them. As part of the campaign, Hodge has worked with financial advisor, Siobhan Thomas, who specialises in family finances.

When asked about the findings, Siobhan said: “It’s not surprising that families don’t have these conversations willingly; it’s not an easy subject to broach. But finances within families are often more woven together than most of us realise and consider. Not only with regards to inheritance, but joint ownership of property, investments for grandchildren and parents, there is a lot that happens over time that we as financial advisers are sometimes not party to.

“It’s important to examine how a client’s current and future wealth are connected, and how this then connects to other family members as you plan for their financial journey ahead.”

Emma added: “The ONS family and household report for 2019 showed that households are changing at a fast pace, with lone parent families and same sex families growing significantly each year. It shows that the conventional family unit isn’t typical these days, and conversely neither are our finances.

* The study of 3,000 people was conducted on behalf of Hodge during February 2019

** Office of National Statistics

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Coming up with a repayment plan will often make the conversation with your family </span><span data-contrast="auto">smoother</span><span data-contrast="auto"> and they’ll be grateful you’re making life easy by suggesting a solution. </span><span data-contrast="auto">If you need inspiration, we’ve put together an easy </span><span data-contrast="auto">guide to working out conditions for a family loan</span><span data-contrast="auto">.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <span data-contrast="auto">Don’t forget to offer your family time to think things over, even if they’re eager to help. If you’re asking for a substantial </span><span data-contrast="auto">sum</span><span data-contrast="auto">, consider getting expert advice as well. A financial adviser will be able to guide you and your family through the process, while offering peace of mind for everyone involved.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <h4><span data-contrast="none">What happens if you’re not able to repay the loan, or meet the conditions</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559738":40,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"> </span></h4> <span data-contrast="auto">Unexpected events do happen and circumstances can change. Be open with your family and discuss what you should do if you find yourself unable to cope in the future. Remember your family is there to help you, so have an honest conversation about the concerns you may have. It’s likely they’ll share the same ones, so addressing them out in the open, at the very beginning, sets the whole process of </span><span data-contrast="auto">borrowing money from family</span><span data-contrast="auto"> up for success.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <h3><span style="text-decoration: underline">Top 4 tips when asking family for money </span></h3> <span data-contrast="auto">A successful conversation about money does rely on </span><span data-contrast="auto">a bit of preparation</span><span data-contrast="auto"> beforehand. Here are a few things to consider before sitting down with loved ones for the big chat:</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <h4><span data-contrast="none">1. Know the pros and cons of </span><span data-contrast="none">asking a family member for financial help</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559738":40,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"> </span></h4> <span data-contrast="auto">You might be looking forward to the low interest rate from a family loan, but are you ready for the strain a money agreement </span><span data-contrast="auto">might</span><span data-contrast="auto"> put on your relationship? Here are a few advantages and disadvantages</span><span data-contrast="auto"> to mixing family and money</span><span data-contrast="auto">, but make sure you add your own to the list:</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <b><span data-contrast="auto">The pros of </span></b><b><span data-contrast="auto">getting </span></b><b><span data-contrast="auto">a family loan:</span></b><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <ul> <li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="9" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1"><span data-contrast="auto">Low or no interest rate</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></li> </ul> <ul> <li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="9" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1"><span data-contrast="auto">Flexible terms and repayment schedule</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></li> <li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="9" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"><span data-contrast="auto">Quick financial help</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></li> </ul> <b><span data-contrast="auto">The cons of </span></b><b><span data-contrast="auto">asking family for money</span></b><b><span data-contrast="auto">:</span></b><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <ul> <li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="10" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="1"><span data-contrast="auto">The</span><span data-contrast="auto"> uncomfortable</span><span data-contrast="auto"> conversation</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></li> <li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="10" data-aria-posinset="4" data-aria-level="1"><span data-contrast="auto">It might put a strain on your relationship</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></li> <li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="10" data-aria-posinset="4" data-aria-level="1"><span data-contrast="auto">Missed opportunity to build up your credit score</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></li> </ul> <h4>2. Choose the family member wisely</h4> <span data-contrast="auto">Who </span><span data-contrast="auto">you’re asking for help</span><span data-contrast="auto"> is a crucial </span><span data-contrast="auto">part of the </span><span data-contrast="auto">decision.</span><span data-contrast="auto"> Make sure it’s someone you’re in a good relationship with and, most importantly, that they’re in a good financial position themselves. Oftentimes</span><span data-contrast="auto"> what makes the conversation awkward is </span><span data-contrast="auto">not that you’re asking for money</span><span data-contrast="auto">, but </span><span data-contrast="auto">that you’re asking the wrong person.</span><span data-contrast="auto"> So be mindful of their financial security as much as you are of your own.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <h4><span data-contrast="none">3. Talk to an adviser</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559738":40,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"> </span></h4> <span data-contrast="auto">There are other reasons, beyond </span><span data-contrast="auto">a potential </span><span data-contrast="auto">awkward conversation, that make </span><span data-contrast="auto">borrowing money from family</span><span data-contrast="auto"> difficult. </span><span data-contrast="auto">Did you know that money </span><span data-contrast="auto">gifts</span><span data-contrast="auto"> can come with hefty tax bills too? </span><span data-contrast="auto">Or that your family can do more harm than good by offering to help more than they can afford to? </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <span data-contrast="auto">Since most of us are unlikely</span><span data-contrast="auto"> to</span><span data-contrast="auto"> </span><span data-contrast="auto">talk about</span><span data-contrast="auto"> money with our families</span><span data-contrast="auto"> on a recurring basis</span><span data-contrast="auto">, we </span><span data-contrast="auto">might not</span><span data-contrast="auto"> have enough experience to keep ourselves and our loved ones out of trouble. This is why asking for expert help is one of the best ways to keep potential financial or legal problems at bay. Plus, you and everyone in the family will feel safe knowing that you’ve found the best possible solution</span><span data-contrast="auto">, while keeping your financial positions secure</span><span data-contrast="auto">.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <span data-contrast="auto">If you want to find out more about the tax that may apply to the money gift from your family, our </span><span data-contrast="auto">inheritance tax guide </span><span data-contrast="auto">answers </span><span data-contrast="auto">some of the most common questions</span><span data-contrast="auto">.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <h4><span data-contrast="none">4. Keep notes</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559738":40,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"> </span></h4> <span data-contrast="auto">Whether it’s a money gift that comes with certain conditions, or a loan with specific repayment terms, make sure you capture </span><span data-contrast="auto">in writing </span><span data-contrast="auto">all the responsibilities that come with the </span><span data-contrast="auto">financial help</span><span data-contrast="auto"> from your family</span><span data-contrast="auto">. This way you can avoid misunderstandings, while having a document both you and your family can go back to </span><span data-contrast="auto">if</span><span data-contrast="auto"> necessary. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <span data-contrast="auto">Next, read our </span><span data-contrast="auto">handy </span><span data-contrast="auto">article</span><span data-contrast="auto"> on </span><strong><a href="">Cash Gifts from Parents</a></strong><span data-contrast="auto"><strong> </strong>where we go through all the reasons why it’s </span><span data-contrast="auto">often considered </span><span data-contrast="auto">a difficult conversation and how you can make it easier for you and your family.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span>

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The Easy Guide to Gifting Money to Family

  <span data-contrast="auto">Talking about money with family is difficult. But not talking about money with your family makes things even harder.</span><span data-contrast="auto"> And this is especially true when it comes to giving a financial gift.</span><span data-contrast="auto"> Whether it’s </span><span data-contrast="auto">to help your loved ones</span><span data-contrast="auto"> to get on the property ladder, </span><span data-contrast="auto">paying for</span><span data-contrast="auto"> a wedding or buying a car, </span><span data-contrast="auto">giving money to family members</span><span data-contrast="auto"> is increasingly </span><span data-contrast="auto">common practice. And yet for many families it continues to be a minefield of misunderstandings, when that doesn’t need to be the case!</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <span data-contrast="auto">Keep reading to find out what makes the conversation difficult to navigate and how to make it easier for the </span><span data-contrast="auto">whole </span><span data-contrast="auto">family</span><span data-contrast="auto">, including yourself</span><span data-contrast="auto">.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <h3><span data-contrast="none">What makes </span><span data-contrast="none">gifting money to family</span><span data-contrast="none"> difficult?</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559738":40,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"> </span></h3> <span data-contrast="auto">Whether you are</span><span data-contrast="auto"> being approached by </span><span data-contrast="auto">a loved one with a request, or you’re making an unsolicited gift,</span><span data-contrast="auto"> the money conversation </span><span data-contrast="auto">doesn’t come easy to many of us</span><span data-contrast="auto">. Here is what </span><span data-contrast="auto">usually </span><span data-contrast="auto">makes it </span><span data-contrast="auto">the</span><span data-contrast="auto"> </span><span data-contrast="auto">topic</span><span data-contrast="auto"> </span><span data-contrast="auto">that families</span><span data-contrast="auto"> avoid</span><span data-contrast="auto">:</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <h4><span data-contrast="none">Money is</span><span data-contrast="none"> still</span><span data-contrast="none"> considered a taboo topic</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559738":40,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"> </span></h4> <span data-contrast="auto">There are many reasons why money is such a touchy subject. Although a lot of them stem from our deeply rooted social habits, circumstances and upbringing can also decide how the conversation will go. </span><span data-contrast="auto">B</span><span data-contrast="auto">e mindful of how sensitive the topic is to your family</span><span data-contrast="auto">, especially if you don’t have a habit of discussing money together.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <h4><span data-contrast="none">Fairness</span><span data-contrast="none"> </span><span data-contrast="none">between family members</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559738":40,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"> </span></h4> <span data-contrast="auto">G</span><span data-contrast="auto">ifting money to grandchildren</span><span data-contrast="auto"> or children</span><span data-contrast="auto"> sometimes</span><span data-contrast="auto"> brings up the difficult topic of fair share and whether you should offer equal help or prioritise those members in the family who need help the most.</span><span data-contrast="auto"> Whatever your decision, make sure you take the time to explain it fully to avoid misunderstandings</span><span data-contrast="auto"> and resentments, and be prepared to answer questions they may have.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <h4><span data-contrast="none">How money is used</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559738":40,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"> </span></h4> <span data-contrast="auto">Even if you agree on </span><span data-contrast="auto">how much you can gift your children</span><span data-contrast="auto"> or other family members</span><span data-contrast="auto">, the way they intend to spend those financial resources might not be aligned with your opinions about what’s better or more efficient.</span><span data-contrast="auto"> Try to keep an open mind when it comes to their wishes</span><span data-contrast="auto"> and their perspective.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <h4><span data-contrast="none">Worries about your own financial security</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559738":40,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"> </span></h4> <span data-contrast="auto">Even</span><span data-contrast="auto"> if you are in the lucky position to be able to help your family, it can be difficult to find the </span><span data-contrast="auto">right </span><span data-contrast="auto">balance between your family</span><span data-contrast="auto">’s</span><span data-contrast="auto"> financial needs and your own. </span><span data-contrast="auto">We really recommend talking to a financial adviser before making any decisions, to ensure you have all the information you need upfront.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <h3><span data-contrast="none">Why is it important to talk before </span><span data-contrast="none">giving money to family members</span><span data-contrast="none">?</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559738":40,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"> </span></h3> <span data-contrast="auto">Despite </span><span data-contrast="auto">its reputation for being a thorny subject, it’s the very act of discussing money thoroughly with family that </span><span data-contrast="auto">stops it from becoming the </span><span data-contrast="auto">root </span><span data-contrast="auto">of arguments later on. </span><span data-contrast="auto">Having an open conversation is a great opportunity for forward thi</span><span data-contrast="auto">nking and establishing ground rules. Problems arise when a lack of communication creates misunderstandings.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <span data-contrast="auto">No one wants to think about </span><span data-contrast="auto">how an upcoming house purchase would be affected by a separation or divorce</span><span data-contrast="auto">. But it’s easier to have an honest conversation upfront about what should happen in these specific circumstances, </span><span data-contrast="auto">rather </span><span data-contrast="auto">than scrambling for a solution later on.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <h3><span data-contrast="none">How to talk</span><span data-contrast="none"> about </span><span data-contrast="none">gifting money to family</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559738":40,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"> </span></h3> <span data-contrast="auto">Here are a few tips to help you</span><span data-contrast="auto"> navigate</span><span data-contrast="auto"> the money conversation a bit easier:</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <h4>Be clear</h4> <span data-contrast="auto">Make sure your family members know whether the financial assistance you’re offering is meant as a gift or as a loan. It may seem obvious to you, but the potential for misunderstandings is especially high when it comes to </span><span data-contrast="auto">unstated </span><span data-contrast="auto">intentions. If there are </span><span data-contrast="auto">repayments or </span><span data-contrast="auto">conditions to be met, make those clear as well. Keeping a record of the agreement is also useful, especially for substantial gifts or if the money is intended as a loan.</span><span data-contrast="auto"> We recommend using a financial adviser to help you draw up official paperwork that clarifies where everyone stands.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <h4>Be honest</h4> <span data-contrast="auto">It’s natural to feel uneasy or embarrassed if the conversation moves around specific conditions for the money gift,</span><span data-contrast="auto"> or how</span><span data-contrast="auto"> siblings</span><span data-contrast="auto"> will</span><span data-contrast="auto"> share your financial support</span><span data-contrast="auto">. It’s normal to have</span><span data-contrast="auto"> fears about </span><span data-contrast="auto">giving money to family members</span><span data-contrast="auto"> </span><span data-contrast="auto">and what this </span><span data-contrast="auto">might mean for your own standard of living or wellbeing later on in life. Remember that the same</span><span data-contrast="auto"> worries are likely to exist</span><span data-contrast="auto"> on the other end of the conversation, and your family will likely prefer to discuss this openly to make sure everyone is taken care of.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <h4>Don’t rush into making a decision</h4> <span data-contrast="auto">If you’re being approached by </span><span data-contrast="auto">a family member</span><span data-contrast="auto"> asking for financial support, make sure you take your time before making any decisions. Even though you intend to offer the money as a gift, you need time to </span><span data-contrast="auto">decide </span><span data-contrast="auto">how much can you gift your children</span><span data-contrast="auto"> or other relatives that may need the help. Remember to also find out when </span><span data-contrast="auto">giving money to someone is taxable</span><span data-contrast="auto"> to avoid hefty tax bills</span><span data-contrast="auto"> – a financial adviser is the best person to help with this.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <h4>Put yourself in their shoes</h4> <span data-contrast="auto">Thinking of the hopes and concerns your family member</span><span data-contrast="auto">s</span><span data-contrast="auto"> may have will help keep the conversation constructive.</span><span data-contrast="auto"> Try to see it from their perspective as well, and take a break if the conversation gets off course or becomes emotional.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <h3>Top questions to ask before giving money to family members:</h3> <ul> <li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="10" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1"><span data-contrast="auto">How much money </span><span data-contrast="auto">do </span><span data-contrast="auto">they need</span><span data-contrast="auto">?</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></li> <li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="10" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"><span data-contrast="auto">H</span><span data-contrast="auto">ow much can you</span><span data-contrast="auto"> afford to</span><span data-contrast="auto"> gift</span><span data-contrast="auto"> right now</span><span data-contrast="auto">?</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></li> </ul> <ul> <li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="10" data-aria-posinset="1" data-aria-level="1"><span data-contrast="auto">Will they need further financial assistance in the future?</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></li> <li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="10" data-aria-posinset="2" data-aria-level="1"><span data-contrast="auto">If there are conditions you want to put forward, do they understand them and agree to uphold their part of the deal?</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></li> <li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="10" data-aria-posinset="3" data-aria-level="1"><span data-contrast="auto">What happens if the family relationship breaks down?</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></li> <li data-leveltext="" data-font="Symbol" data-listid="10" data-aria-posinset="4" data-aria-level="1"><span data-contrast="auto">What happens if you encounter financial difficulties later on?</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></li> </ul> <span data-contrast="auto">Keep in mind that </span><span data-contrast="auto">i</span><span data-contrast="auto">nheritance Tax </span><span data-contrast="auto">rules may apply when giving money to your family. Find out </span><span data-contrast="auto">how much you can gift per year</span><span data-contrast="auto"> and what the potential tax liabilities are with our handy guide, next. </span>

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