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5 signs that your partner may be lying about finances

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​Does he/she change the topic when you talk about money?
If the answer is yes, clearly your partner doesn’t want to reveal transactions or plans accidentally or be questioned about the same. He could have bought an asset or taken a loan or spent heavily on a whim without telling you. Maybe a financial decision he took went wrong and he does not want to share this information and/or discuss the consequences.
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​Does spending not match with income?
If you are wondering how your spouse bought an expensive luxury item or gadget despite the claim that work and pay had been suffering or have taken a hit, he could be hiding a lofty bonus or surplus income from you. Maybe he has some secret stash.
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Has his/her behaviour changed suddenly?
Has your spouse become irritable, aggressive or defensive about your or his monetary transactions? Is he keeping too much of an eye on yours or keeping too much from you, as compared to earlier? Then you must check. These are signs that he is doing something you may not agree with or hiding something.
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Does he/she want complete control over finances?
For example, a husband might do so simply because his wife doesn't and won't know the math behind how much money goes into stock trading and losses or is spent on the family or goes in loan EMIs, if she doesn’t know the magnitude of money flows to and from the household. As a couple, both of you should be equally aware of and have an equal say in the ongoing money matters.
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​Has the spending pattern changed?
Spending and saving habits have changed for most in the lockdown and post-covid. But what we are asking you to check for is a change that took place either well before covid or has taken place recently in an extreme manner. This is easy to detect- a sudden rise in personal purchases or piling bills and calls from creditors cannot go unnoticed. Be mindful of a sudden rise in credit cards too, as this can hint at losses, fall in income or major monetary crunch.

(From text by Riju Mehta)

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