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Posted: March 6th, 2013
Survey says we’d rather go to dentist than meet with financial planner

Most of us would rather go to the dentist than plan for our financial future.

That’s the take-away message from a new survey conducted for Pittsburgh-based PNC Financial Services Group.

The survey focused on Americans between the ages of 35 and 70 who have at least $100,000 available to invest.

Even among that comparatively well-heeled group, just 43 percent plan to see a financial planner during 2013. Meanwhile, 84 percent — nearly double the number — plan to visit a dentist during the coming months.

That same theme continued in other responses to the survey. Seventy percent said they plan to get more exercise this year, while only 46 percent planned to increase investing and saving.

“People are finding it easier to develop habits devoted to physical fitness than for financial fitness,” said Stephen Pappaterra, head of wealth planning for PNC. “As with physical fitness, reaching a retirement goal doesn’t happen by chance.”

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