OK Boomer vs. Avocado Toast: How to Talk Money Across Generations

It’s time to quit the judgmental money blame game. Let’s open up some healthy lines of communication instead. It’s something that can benefit us all, and it can even be fun.

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Since Baby Boomers entered adulthood in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the American financial landscape has changed drastically and is almost unrecognizable. Most middle-class Americans used to expect pensions. Now, pensions are gone and 401(k)s are in. Credit cards, invented in the 1970s, have become the dominant way middle-class Americans spend their money. Oh, and you may have heard about exploding debt levels and housing prices.

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Matt J. Goren, Ph.D., CFP®
Assistant Professor of Financial Planning, The American College of Financial Services

Matt J. Goren is an Assistant Professor of Financial Planning at The American College of Financial Services who focuses on the interplay of personal finance and psychology. In addition to teaching and developing content, he provides strategic consulting on financial literacy initiatives and hosts a personal finance radio show, Nothing Funny About Money, which was named 2018’s most outstanding consumer financial information resource by the AFCPE.