They say money talks. If so, it might say to Americans, “Don’tbe afraid of me! I’m here to help!”

Maybe, if money could also read and saw the results of a surveyby Lincoln Financial. The results, distilled from input from morethan 2,500 U.S. adults, shows that more Americans are essentiallygripped by fear of money than are comfortable with theirrelationship to it. But even more fascinating is the nearlyone-quarter of respondents who don’t even know how theythink about money. That seems like fear disguised as denial.

The survey was designed to tease out differences in attitudetoward money among everyone’s three favorite generational groups: millennials, GenXers and boomers. In fact, the three groups weren’t as far apart intheir responses as one might have imagined. When compared tooverall responses, they were surprisingly in alignment.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.