LINCOLN FINANCIAL GROUP: Love and Money: Couples Don’t Always See Eye to Eye on Financial Planning

Lincoln Financial Group issued the following announcement on Feb. 13.

This Valentine’s Day, instead of whispering sweet nothings, why not try “you look lovely tonight, and I think we should talk about financial planning and our retirement goals.” Lincoln Financial Group’s (NYSE: LNC) Retirement Power® Participant Study shows that only approximately half of couples who are participating in their workplace retirement plan say they discuss retirement savings and investment decisions with their partner all or most of the time.

This is a trend that worsens with age. Sixty-three percent of couples in their 20s say they discuss retirement savings and investment decisions with their spouse or partner all or most of the time. Once couples are in their 30s that number goes down to 56 percent, and drops to an average of 48 percent for those 40 and over.

“Our Retirement Power study showed that people participating in their employer-sponsored retirement plan are more confident and more optimistic today than they were just five years ago, and that most understand how much they need to save to be on track for retirement,” said Jamie Ohl, president, Retirement Plan Services, Lincoln Financial Group. “Now they need to start having conversations with their significant others about savings, and what they envision for their retirement.”

Within couples, there’s also a disconnect between men and women when it comes to working together to manage their retirement planning — 49 percent of women say they and their spouse or partner work together to manage retirement planning for the household, while only 37 percent of men say the same.

“The majority of people are going to rely on their employer-sponsored retirement plan as their main savings vehicle for retirement,” Ohl said. “Something as important as your financial future is worth discussing regularly with your spouse or partner, to ensure your family is on track.”

Lincoln Financial has tools online that can help start the conversation, like the retirement contribution planner or the cost of delaying retirement savings calculator.

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