financial planning, financial therapy


This paper tests the relative strength of three objective measures of financial health (using the solvency, liquidity, and investment asset ratio) in predicting a household’s subjective feeling of current financial satisfaction. Using a sample of 6,923 respondents in the 2008 Health and Retirement Study this paper presents evidence of two main findings: 1) the solvency ratio is most strongly associated with financial satisfaction levels based on a cross-sectional design and 2) changes in the investment asset ratio are most strongly associated with changes in financial satisfaction over time.

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