Nine in 10 Americans consider it important to create a plan for their family and their own financial future, but nearly half have trouble discussing finances with their loved ones, according to a study released Monday by Lincoln Financial Group.
Why do people avoid financial conversations? The research identified three reasons.
Absent the right support or resources, it can seem overwhelming. It also can be awkward and uncomfortable, especially around fraught topics, such as having enough funds for retirement, medical problems or death. And talking about a plan for the future is difficult without having one in place.
“Important financial decisions often start with a conversation,” Lincoln Financial Group’s chief people, place and brand officer Lisa Buckingham said in a statement. “And sometimes, we just need a little help to take that first step.”
To address this issue, Lincoln Financial has launched The (Un)spoken Plan campaign, which features a social experiment called “Restaurant Talks.”
According to the firm, the initiative features real, unsuspecting families who arrived at a restaurant and, once seated, received a unique menu of surprising data points (the appetizers) and conversation starters (the main courses) covering a range of protection, retirement and financial planning topics.
Servers informed diners that they could pay only by engaging in a meaningful financial conversation with their loved ones — right then and there. Cameras then captured the discussions.
“This campaign uses authentic discussions with real people to engage and encourage all of us to start — or continue — our own financial conversations,” Buckingham said. “It’s incredibly powerful to watch, and I am so proud that we are connecting with families and sharing tools to help make a difference.”
Lincoln Financial said it partnered with FCB New York on the “(Un)spoken Plan” campaign, which is the agency’s first since securing the company’s digital and social business in the first quarter of this year. FCB New York’s relationship with Lincoln Financial began in 2015.