[ 2006-09-06 08:34 ]
|Women regard healthy finances as more important than good looks in a man,
according to a survey on last
healthy finances as more important than good looks in a man, according to
a survey on last Friday.
Almost half said a healthy bank balance is more significant than
physical attractiveness in a potential partner, according to National
Savings & Investments' (NS&I) latest quarterly savings survey.
Just 22 percent of men, however, rate finances above looks in women.
A salary of almost 50,000 pounds a year is demonstrative of male
financial success, according to women.
Men need to earn at least 49,247 pounds a year before women consider
them successful and wealthy, the study found. And more than one in 10
women would only consider a partner to be successful if they are earning
100,000 pounds or more.
Men were found to have lower expectations, saying they would deem women
earning 42,147 pounds to be successful and wealthy.
On the savings front, women expect their men to
have an average of 24,281 pounds in savings -- compared to 20,335 pounds
in reality -- while men are happy with savings of 15,143 pounds among
women, much in line with
an actual average of 14,167 pounds.
Dax Harkins, senior savings strategist at NS&I, said: "Finances
form a very important part of relationship dynamics and this is reflected
in the expectations people have, both in terms of salary and savings
levels. Maybe people do believe they can buy happiness after all."
Despite marked differences in expectations, 64 percent of those
questioned agree that financial security is important to the success of a
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