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

  • 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

1  Jean
Chatzky. The Balance. March 14, 2019. “How Women Can Plan for Outliving Their
Husbands.” Accessed Nov. 7, 2019.

2 Merrill Lynch. April 22, 2019. “Women’s Guide to
Social Security.” Accessed Nov. 7, 2019.

3  Merrill
Lynch. Sept. 27, 2019. “What We All Can Learn from Women Investors.” Accessed Nov. 7, 2019.

4 Ibid.

5 Ibid.

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