Women are less likely to engage in investing than men due to the risks associated with it.
Engaging with your money, outlining your financial goals, and working with a financial professional are a few steps you can take to feel empowered in making investing decisions.
Studies over the past two decades show that, generally, women make less risky investments, see higher returns and hold investments longer.
One reason women are less likely to invest than men may be that they see the stock market as too risky. According to U.S. Bank’s 2020 Women and Wealth Insights Study, a majority (72%) of women say financial security is a main motivator for building wealth, compared with 59% of men.3 They are also more likely to be concerned with their long-term savings, as 43% of women fear they won’t have enough saved for retirement, versus 33% of men.3
However, investing can be a vehicle to financial security rather than a risk. Investing has the potential to help you make progress toward your financial goals, whether that’s building a child’s college fund, saving for retirement or growing your overall wealth.
Here are steps you can take to feel more engaged in your finances and empowered in your investing decisions.
Whether you’re saving for a vacation, a home or retirement (or all three), knowing what you want to achieve can help you make the most of the money you’re investing.
Whether from a financial professional or a website, evaluations can provide insights into how you approach money and help you understand things like your investment risk tolerance.
A professional can help you better understand your approach to investing, as well as your options. Be clear when discussing what you want for your future. The more candidly you lay out your goals, the easier it will be for them to help you choose the best investments to generate the financial return you will need.
The answer to when to invest is usually now. When it comes to how much to invest, aim for as much as possible, especially early on, to take advantage of compound interest and time in the market. Maximizing 401(k) contributions is a good way to make investing essentially automatic.
Women are less likely than men to talk about money with friends, use finance-tracking apps and watch money-related TV shows.3 Finding resources and connections that speak to your financial needs can make investing and managing finances less stressful—maybe even fun.
Learn about your investing choices.
Workplace retirement plans allow you to invest with ease while working toward financial security.
A comprehensive financial plan can help you approach your retirement with confidence.