For a LONG time now I've been raising questions about the impact that health care costs, retirement (or the lack there of), and living transfers of wealth will have on the much-touted Intergenerational Transfer of Wealth numbers. These predictions of trillion dollar transfers drive things from philanthropic planning to nonprofit growth to private bank activity to the marketing budgets for donor advised funds.
So...what happens if the transfer happens but the money goes to things like housing and education costs? Or if the transfer doesn't happen because it is really expensive to live forever as some baby boomers are planning? The NYT asks this question, and points to eight reasons why inheritance trends may not go the way of predictions.