Is this your biggest financial blind spot?

If you were getting a divorce, what would you grab first?

By Chantal Williams

The nicest car, the furnishings? The dog? Or the house itself?

We might ask ourselves such questions flippantly, or even joke about it with our spouse over dinner, but it’s always a grim reality for someone. And if you think that means this article is about divorce, think again.

I only mention divorce because it can show up a mysterious blind spot that many women seem to have.

In a marital split, people tend to reveal what they care about most. A few years ago, Unbiased conducted a survey of recently divorced couples, and one of the things we asked was which assets of the marriage they most wanted to keep.

Naturally, everyone said ‘the home’ as their first choice.

Then things got interesting, as the men and women differed in their top five priorities. Women-focused on pets, savings, furniture, and cars, in that order.

Men were also keen on savings and cars – they weren’t so...

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Questions to ask your honey about the money!

Money is one of the top reasons why couples break up, so it's vital that you and your money are on the same page when it comes to talking about money. 

Now when talking to your honey about the money, pick a neutral space. For example, a restaurant, park, bar or cafe i.e. out of the house where you can have wine or a coffee. Be relaxed and talk about these questions open & calmly.

  • If you won a million dollars in the lottery, what would your first purchase be?
  • How did your parents behave around money?
  • What word would you use to describe your relationship with money?
  • How much do we need to live on? Think about how long you’ll need to work for and whether it’s full-time?
  • What are our retirement goals (what age and how much do you want to retire on)?
  • If one of us stops earning (raising children, unemployed or unwell) will the other pay super for the non-earner?
  • Would you lend money to a friend or family member in need? If so, how much?
  • Do you have a budget you...
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