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Should couples have joint accounts?

This is one of those age old questions that really has no single answer for everyone – you should do what works for you.

For my lovely wife and I, we have joint accounts. As it turns out, there’s some science to support this approach and how it impacts happiness.

Married couples who merge finances may be happier, stay together longer [Science Daily] – “Prior research suggests a correlation that couples who merge finances tend to be happier than those who do not. But this is the first research to show a causal relationship — that married couples who have joint bank accounts not only have better relationships, but they fight less over money and feel better about how household finances are handled.”

That said – do what’s best for you!

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