There’s Sigmund Freud, the Disc Profile, the Myers-Briggs Test and a host of other personality tests. Even Hippocrates believed that humans had a “persona” circa 460BC. But what is your financial personality? Whether you’re a saver, a spender or a budgeter, your financial personality speaks volumes about how you view money and how you live.

When it comes to money, where do your dollars lie?

  • Savers: Those who save now so they can enjoy their money later. Savers are debt-averse; they pay off their mortgage early.
  • Spenders: People who want to enjoy their money now and worry about the future later. They don’t save much and tend to borrow.
  • Sharers: Those who want to share their money with family, friends, charities or their community. Sharers tend to compromise their spending, so everyone gets a little.

How open are you to new ideas?

  • Aggressive: These Type A personalities seek advice from experts regarding their wealth. They know how much money they have, what they spend and why. Their competitive nature means they may ignore financial needs or markets in their decision making. They may be too hawkish, overlooking the need sometimes to preserve, not grow, assets.
  • Technical: These folks just want data. They make decisions based solely on quantitative information, which can become overwhelming for them at times. They’re interested in investments that show growth over the short term.
  • Affable: These personalities just want to chat but may follow advice to be liked or be popular. They often don’t know how to budget or write a check and may want to explore some wilder investments.
  • Amenable: These individuals are not decision-makers and need guidance. They’re generally not aggressive or proactive in their approach and tend to keep money in cash because it’s easy.

Financial habits and beliefs often begin in childhood or early adolescence, formed by imitating or rejecting examples set by parents about money. But other people and factors, such as education, social expectations and economic conditions, may influence your financial personality over time, according to an article by the Australian Journal of Education.

Whichever your financial personality, speaking with a financial planner about your concerns and what’s important is a good idea. And as always, we are available and welcome the opportunity to chat with you to answer your questions. Contact us today to schedule a time to talk.

“What’s your financial personality?” RBC Wealth Management. 2020.