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Ask Americans anything—about religion, marital problems, sex,race, politics, or even drug addiction. But don't ask them aboutmoney.

Americans don't want to talk about it. That's according to aCapital Group survey, which found that out of a dozen topics people don'tgenerally chat about with their friends, respondents were morewilling to talk about any others among them than the three that hadto do with money: household earnings, retirement savings anddebt.

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.