Couples don't always talk to each other about retirement. For example, a survey of 502 married couples approaching retirement uncovered the fact that wives and husbands often had different understandings of their plans and preparations for life after retirement and found that:
- 61% disagreed on which income source (savings, pensions, Social Security, etc.) would be their primary source of funds in retirement
- 58% disagreed about whom their spouse would turn to for financial guidance in the event of the other spouse's death
- 41% disagreed about whether at least one partner would work in retirement
- 39% differed on the amount of their life insurance/assurance coverage
(Source: Fidelity Investments)
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