They say money talks. If so, it might say to Americans, “Don’t be afraid of me! I’m here to help!”
Maybe, if money could also read and saw the results of a survey by Lincoln Financial. The results, distilled from input from more than 2,500 U.S. adults, shows that more Americans are essentially gripped by fear of money than are comfortable with their relationship to it. But even more fascinating is the nearly one-quarter of respondents who don’t even know how they think about money. That seems like fear disguised as denial.
The survey was designed to tease out differences in attitude toward money among everyone’s three favorite generational groups: millennials, Gen Xers and boomers. In fact, the three groups weren’t as far apart in their responses as one might have imagined. When compared to overall responses, they were surprisingly in alignment.
The big picture: 36 percent of all respondents said they were “in control and confident” in their relationship with money. Another 40 percent said they were not. (The huge herd of “I don’t knowers” came in at 24 percent.)