The Importance of Women Achieving Financial Confidence
Married or single, women are finding that taking an active role in their financial futures is critical. About 80% of married women outlive their husbands, and nearly half of all widows say they wish they’d been more involved in managing their finances when their spouse was alive.1
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The reality is women, on average, earn less than men over their lifetime and spend more time out of the workforce, often caring for children or aging parents. They therefore tend to save less, invest less and receive a lower Social Security benefit, putting women more at risk of outliving their money in retirement.2 However, over the long term, women who invest earn a higher rate of return than men, on average.3
Several studies have shown women’s portfolios outperformed men’s by an average of 0.4% to 1.8% annually.4 Industry watchers have theorized several factors that could account for this boost:5
- Women generally are patient, choosing long-term, buy-and-hold strategies versus reactive moves.
- Women often take a balanced investing approach, diversifying their assets across varied financial products and risk levels.
- Women are information-seekers, researching their options beforehand and looking for guidance from financial professionals.
- Women often have more time to invest, because they live longer than men, on average.
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Content prepared by Kara Stefan Communications.
1 Jean Chatzky. The Balance. March 14, 2019. “How Women Can Plan for Outliving Their Husbands.” https://www.thebalance.com/retirement-plan-for-women-outliving-husbands-4139845. Accessed Nov. 7, 2019.
2 Merrill Lynch. April 22, 2019. “Women’s Guide to Social Security.” https://www.ml.com/bulletin/womens-guide-to-social-security.recent.html. Accessed Nov. 7, 2019.
3 Merrill Lynch. Sept. 27, 2019. “What We All Can Learn from Women Investors.” https://www.ml.com/bulletin/learning-from-women-investors.recent.html. Accessed Nov. 7, 2019.
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