UBS Wealth Way A larger home: dreaming is good, planning is better

Russell and Evelyn are middle-aged parents of three children. They lead busy professional lives – and are full of dreams. They are envisaging the purchase of a larger home. What does this mean for them and their financial situation?

Russell (47) and Evelyn (44) are not far off their perfect dream home: the couple live with their three children (5, 9 and 11) near the city, surrounded by plenty of greenery. The landscape, the infrastructure, their local circle of friends – almost everything fits. “It’s just that the terraced single-family house seems to shrink with each additional year of the children’s lives,” Evelyn explains.

The couple agrees: sooner rather than later, they need a larger single-family home – for several reasons. As soon as the children enter their teens, they will need more privacy. Russell is an entrepreneur who runs his own carpentry business. On top of that, he has always dreamed of having his own workshop at home where he can devote time to his hobby: creating wooden sculptures. Evelyn, a corporate group lawyer, also longs for more space. She would like a spacious furnished office so that she can work from home more regularly.

A complete assessment

Russell and Evelyn decided to carry out a financial assessment with their UBS client advisor based on these wishes for the future.

Can we afford a larger property and how will this project affect our long-term life goals?

That’s what Russell and Evelyn want to know. Their client advisor takes these questions as an opportunity to analyze the family’s general financial situation according to the UBS Wealth Way advisory approach. On this basis, he draws up a plan for the family’s new future perspectives, focusing on their individual goals and taking an overall view of their asset situation.

During the conversation, it quickly becomes clear that there is nothing standing in the way of the couple’s new goals from a financial perspective. “You should be able to sell your current home at attractive conditions. You can then use the proceeds and your available liquidity to purchase your dream home and still achieve your long-term goals,” the client advisor tells them.

UBS Wealth Way: thinking finances in three dimensions

UBS Wealth Way ensures that no aspect of planning for the future is forgotten, the UBS client advisor explains. The advisory approach defines the three key strategies of liquidity, longevity, and legacy by coordinating the couple’s short- and long-term life goals.

liquidity, longevity, legacy

The client advisor starts with the liquidity strategy, which should cover planned and unexpected expenses over the next few years. He announces some good news: the family’s annual income exceeds their current expenses. In plain language, this means that the couple can put aside a sizable amount of savings each year.

Keeping strategies balanced

Russell and Evelyn have not yet taken any special measures as far as the longevity strategy is concerned. “This strategy aims to help you maintain your accustomed lifestyle in the long term. Even if pensions take the place of earned income,” the client advisor reminds them. In the light of their new situation, he recommends building up assets in a targeted manner with a suitable investment strategy. In this way, anticipated income gaps in the third stage of life can be compensated for.

It is particularly encouraging that in the case of Russell and Evelyn, a legacy strategy can also be developed in which the couple’s long-term investment horizon can be perfectly adjusted to their risk tolerance.

Planning means thinking ahead

What does the analysis along the three dimensions of liquidity, longevity and legacy mean in practical terms? The couple decides to restructure their assets. They will reduce their liquidity reserve – and invest the “surplus” funds.

Comprehensive planning also prepares us for unexpected challenges.

At the same time, UBS Wealth Way is not just a snapshot. Instead, it illustrates long-term development and allows Russell and Evelyn to look calmly to the future. However, as stressed by the client advisor: “It’s important to check that the plan is still on target at least once a year or whenever any major life changes occur."

Knowing that they have planned their future with foresight, Russell and Evelyn can now concentrate on the present. Evelyn says to her husband enthusiastically: “Let’s take a look at some single-family homes in our area."

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