Couples dodge financial discussions

09 February 2006
Couples would rather talk about their exes than discuss finances – according to the latest survey.

A third of those questioned by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) said they would rather talk about tricky issues in the past or their sex life rather than admit the state of their financial affairs to their partner.

One in three women said they would not admit their credit card debts to their other half, while 29 per cent of men said they were also keeping their partners in the dark when it comes to money matters.

Vernon Everitt, director of retail themes at the FSA, said: "Money is a very difficult subject to talk about. But ignoring financial problems can make them worse."

And enough people are worrying about the state of their finances, as 35 per cent of those questioned said it keeps them awake at night.

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