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A joint account, for better or for worse

A joint account is just like a personal account. The only difference is that 2 people have access to it to make transactions: withdrawals, transfers, deposits, cheques, payments, etc. In addition to letting you accumulate money quickly, joint accounts make managing joint expenses easier. Finally, a joint account allows two people to do what may, at times, be difficult to do alone: save.

But is a joint account always a good idea?

Only the 2 people involved can answer this :

  • What, precisely, is the purpose of this account?
  • Who will pay what?
  • How much will each person deposit, and how often?
  • How will transactions be made?
  • What are your savings objectives and those of your spouse?

Some couples choose to have joint accounts. Instead of having individual accounts, they put all their income in a single account, from which each withdraws money according to his or her needs. But if trouble should arise, one of the partners may develop some resentment towards the other who made fewer deposits. Money is one of the most common sources of disagreement between people.

A joint account can be a useful tool but, in case of doubt, it may be better to stay away from it. Many couples choose to have separate accounts, and they are just as happy.

What happens when one of the account holders dies?

When a member of a joint account passes, the surviving member becomes the sole proprietor of the account.

Did you know?

In a couple, each spouse can manage their money on an individual basis. But there comes a time when they need to discuss their combined financial future. This is what integrated financial planning is designed to do. Your C aisse populaire financial planner can help you with it.

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