One-in-three young Canadian couples keep completely separate
bank accounts: RBC poll
Financial stability, parenthood and buying a new home listed as top priorities
TORONTO, March 18, 2010 One-third (34
per cent) of young Canadian couples between the ages of 18
to 35 keep completely separate bank accounts and financial
products, with only 10 per cent holding all of their accounts
and products jointly, according to a new RBC poll.
Feeling a sense of financial independence (51 per cent) was
the main reason why young couples decided to keep completely
separate bank accounts and products, with 31 per cent citing
having different financial needs. Almost two-thirds (65 per
cent) of young couples say that planning for a financially
stable future is top of mind.
"Discussing financial plans that take into account long-term
objectives and life events is essential to any relationship,"
said Patricia Domingo, Investment & Retirement planner,
RBC. "Being on the same page and agreeing on financial
priorities can help ease the transition to buying a dream
home or starting a family."
The RBC poll found that half (50 per cent) of young Canadian
couples say that preparing to have a child in the next five
years is really important to them and 41 per cent hope to
buy a home in the next five years.
The survey also indicated that nearly half of young Canadian
couples (47 per cent) try to live within a set budget but
don't always succeed and almost three-quarters (74 per cent)
want to be more financially independent.
"Balancing saving and spending can be a challenge, especially
when you start to merge your finances with your partner, and
each couple should decide together what works for them,"
added Domingo. "Working with a qualified financial advisor
can help couples better understand their financial needs,
habits and goals."
RBC offers young couples the following advice to help build
and maintain a healthy financial relationship and achieve
their life goals:
1) Talk openly with your partner - Discuss your spending
and saving habits as well as your values and attitudes surrounding
money matters. Be honest about any past mistakes, like defaulting
on a student loan or outstanding debts, which may affect both
of your finances.
2) Decide on key issues - It's important to decide
on key issues such as who pays for which expenses? Who's in
charge of paying bills and reconciling bank accounts? What
are your financial goals as a couple? What does spending and
saving mean to each of you?
3) Review your financial arrangements as a couple
- Sit down together and review all of your accounts, plans
and investments and simplify as much as possible. Whether
you use a joint account or manage separate accounts, keeping
a banking account for day-to-day expenses can help make paying
bills and tracking spending easier. Working through your financial
goals and arrangements together will give you confidence that
you are managing your money wisely.
For more information about creating a financial future and
advice on banking needs as a couple, download a personalized
Guide to Everyday Finance, visit www.rbc.com/couplesandfamilies.
The RBC Poll was conducted by DECODE between November 13
and December 06, 2009. This survey of 1,736 young Canadians,
aged 18 to 35 that are living together, was conducted online,
with respondents recruited from an online panel. DECODE is
a boutique consulting firm that helps its clients decode and
engage young people through better insight and innovation.
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Jill Quinn, RBC, (416) 313-8121
Cyndi Maisonneuve, RBC, (416) 974-1757