Successful long-term commitments rely on strong financial compatibility as well as romantic chemistry, according to the RBC 2020 Relationships & Money Insights Poll.
The majority of Canadians with partners (85%) felt that having similar financial goals and habits was a prerequisite to their healthy, long-term relationships. Four-in-five (80%) believed it was important to speak with a prospective partner about finances before getting involved in a serious relationship.
In addition, the vast majority (91%) underlined the importance of prospective partners thinking along the same lines when it comes to spending and saving money, with almost two-thirds (62%) saying that the state of a potential partner’s finances could be a deal-breaker.
Setting clear financial boundaries was also a top priority (81%), with over two-thirds (69%) admitting that they would not combine their finances with their partner’s unless they knew that partner was financially stable.
“When you’re committing to a relationship, you’re inviting that special someone into your life, along with their finances,” says Sandra Abdool, Regional Financial Planning Consultant, RBC Financial Planning. “That’s a lot of sharing, and as a couple, it’s important to set clear financial boundaries to make sure you’re on the same page when it comes to spending, saving and managing your money.”
When it comes to fraternizing with your partner about your finances, it’s not just about what you say, but how often you say it, too. More than three-quarters (77%) of Canadians in relationships reported they speak with their partners about finances at least monthly, to create shared budgets (45%), come up with financial goals (41%) and save together (37%).
“While chemistry certainly counts, today’s couples want financial chemistry and compatibility, too,” adds Abdool. “By having frequent and honest conversations about your finances, you’re well on your way to building a sound financial and long lasting relationship together. Then go a step further – take time to do a reality check with a financial planner who can offer an outside perspective on financial compatibility.”