I just had an interesting conversation with a friend about people and their various attitudes toward disclosing their financial situation. She's very hesitant to talk about numbers in terms of net worth, be it amount saved, salary, even credit score. I, on the other hand, could not find a more stimulating conversation than talking about money (doesn't have to be a lot or mine)-- how much, what do you want to do with it, are you on track for whatever your goal is, whether you are over/under-paid, whatever you want to discuss. I'm (still) studying for my CFP (Certified Financial Planner) designation, and I can't imagine a more thrilling way to use some of my time.
I have friends on both sides of this debate as well. And it doesn't seem to be correlated with compensation level-- some of my highest earning friends are squeamish about talking about money. I wonder why?
Is it shame? Is it fear (i.e. don't flash a Rolex in a shady neighborhood-style)? Is it quiet glee?