Love & Money: Do Americans marry for love or money? Finally, an answer

Love & Money is a new MarketWatch series looking at how issues surrounding money impact our relationships with significant others, friends and family.

Does the size of your partner’s bank account matter?

Some 56% of Americans say they want a partner who provides financial security more than “head over heels” love (44%), according to a survey released Friday by Merrill Edge, an online discount investment service that’s a division of Bank of America Merrill Lynch BAC, +1.28% This sentiment is held in almost equal measure by both men and women (54% and 57%). Generation Z (born between 1996 and 2010) is the only generation to choose love (54%) over money (47%).

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