Most Canadians discuss finances with their spouses

By Staff | November 5, 2013 | Last updated on November 5, 2013
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First comes love, then comes marriage, and then comes managing household finances.

Luckily, almost all Canadians (96%) are comfortable talking about financial matters with their spouse or partner, finds a survey by Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Canada. In fact, 92% trust the money decisions made by their significant others.

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“Open lines of communication are important to make sure that couples are on the same page when it comes to money management,” says Nicholas Cheung, a director with CPA Canada.

Further, 94% feel that speaking openly about money signifies a strong relationship.

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Additional findings include:

  • 85% make major purchase decisions jointly;
  • 58% monitor the household budget together;
  • 50% manage day-to-day banking together;
  • 69% state their spouse or partner has shared his personal identification number (or PIN) for at least one credit or debit card; and
  • 70% say they set a household budget together.

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Also, there are challenges associated with money management and the survey findings reflect that. Almost four in ten (37%) say they’ve argued over money. staff


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