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Navigating The Complexities Of Modern Families And Finances

TD advises the financial formula can be as simple as finding common goals and ground

TORONTO, March 7, 2014 /CNW/ - The portrait of the Canadian family continues to evolve, bringing with it potentially new complexities when it comes to managing money and finances. While married couples still make up two-thirds of all families in Canada, other family arrangements - notably common-law couples and lone-parent families - are gaining ground. As a recent survey for TD found, one in five Canadians who are separated, divorced, living common-law, remarried or widowed have either started over with a new partner or are thinking of doing so. And the most recent Canadian Census (2006) found that one in 10 children in Canada live in stepfamilies, about 40 per cent of which involve blended families. For Canadians who are considering starting over with a new partner, more than half (54 per cent) said they place a high priority on making decisions about blending their finances.

"Most people entering into a new relationship already have an established financial routine which will need to be aligned with their new partner," said Cynthia Caskey, Vice President and Portfolio Manager, TD Wealth Private Investment Advice. "Of course, opening up about finances is not an easy task, especially at the start of a new relationship, but it is essential that couples have honest conversations in order to build a solid financial future for their combined families."

According to the TD survey, for those couples who consider blending their finances a priority, the top issues to be resolved are organizing their daily finances, cited by 71 per cent of respondents, followed by finding savings and budget efficiencies (60 per cent). Nearly two in five cited opening a joint bank account as a priority, but only a third (32 per cent) said maximizing their investment opportunities as a couple was a top concern.

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