Young adults 'more likely to depend on parental wealth'.

06 January 2017

A new study has shed light on inheritance trends
A new study has shed light on inheritance trends

The future wealth of young adults is more likely to depend on how well-off their parents are compared to previous generations, a new report suggests.

According to the study from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), it will be harder for young people to generate their own wealth than it was for previous generations of adults.

Generally, young adults are more likely to receive some kind of inheritance, the IFS noted. But it added that this process is set to be "highly unequal", with those already well-off on course to inherit the most.

Elsewhere, the study said 72% of elderly households containing people aged 80-plus now expect to leave an inheritance behind. That compares to a figure of just 60% a decade ago.

And younger people feel they are more likely to inherit assets, with 75% of those born in the 1970s hoping to get something, compared to 61% of people born in the 1950s.

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