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Nearly two in five people in relationships admit to committing 'financial infidelity'

Couple in a relationship looking over bills in front of a laptop
Over a third of people in a relationship has secret funds stashed away that their partner doesn't know about. (Getty Images)

A survey has revealed that nearly two in five people in a relationship in the UK are committing 'financial infidelity' this Valentine's Day.

The research shows that almost a third of people admit to having money stashed away in a secret account.

On average, they are hiding from their partner more than £1,600 in savings – which goes up to £2,000 for those over 55.

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The survey, conducted by wealth and retirement solutions provider Aviva, also found that a quarter (26%) of couples argue about money at least once a week.

What's more, around 5% say they fight about finances every day, while 27% of people clash over bills and 18% quarrel about having too much debt.

Additionally, one in ten (12%) say bickering about money in their relationship has increased significantly since the cost of living crisis.

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Financial infidelity can include having secret credit cards or bank accounts. (Getty Images)

Financial infidelity is defined as "an act of dishonesty relating to personal finance between two people in a relationship".

This can include having secret credit cards or savings accounts, lying about debts, or gambling and hiding purchases from partners.

When asked in the survey why they have a 'rainy day' fund, a quarter (25%) said they wanted to be able to treat themselves without their partner knowing and a similar number (24%) say it’s to pay for their children's education, first car or first flat.

Unfortunately, one in five (21%) admit it’s a precaution in case their marriage breaks down and 15% need to pay off a debt they have concealed from their partner.

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Despite this, more than two thirds of couples (67%) have a joint current account and half (51%) have a joint savings accounts.

Alistair McQueen, head of savings and retirement at Aviva, says: “Money is often a taboo subject in relationships, and at times it can be hard to discuss it rationally.

"Hiding savings or concealing debts from your partner can be a huge source of tension, and it can also seriously impede longer-term financial goals and ambitions.

“Being upfront, honest and transparent about your finances with your partner can help avoid problems in the future.

"Having a general view of how much is being spent each month, along with overall debts or savings across the household can be important when it comes to making decisions about longer-term financial objectives like when you can afford to retire, or whether to downsize your home to release some capital to help your children."

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