Financial security versus love

A survey found when affluent Americans (18 to 40 years old with investable assets of $50,000 to $250,000, or investable assets of $20,000 to $50,000 and annual income of at least $50,000. For those older than 40, respondents had investable assets of $50,000 to $250,000) are looking for a mate financial security is more important than love.

  • 56 percent want someone who provides financial security
  • 44 percent want to be “head over heels” in love.
  • 63 percent said they preferred a career-focused partner over a socially conscious mate.
  • Affluent Americans are willing to put aside an average of $18,000 a year on saving and investing, rather than on housing, travel or their children’s education.
  • The majority had no monetary goal marriage or having children.

Houston Relationship Therapy’s Dr. Viviana Coles said not everyone who is in love is going to do well long term.

“Love isn’t typically enough for a long-lasting, stable, secure healthy relationship. There has to be a sense of stability and security, and often times that comes alongside financial success or financial security,” said Dr. Viviana.

She said money gives people a platform to realize dreams, promise for the future, potential, even opportunity.

“You eliminate outside stressors like financial debt, or issues with that, you’re just more able to have fun and look at the bright side of life,” said Dr. Viviana.

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