There's never been a better time for women to take control
of their financial futures. Even if financial equality has
not been achieved, women are more financially successful and
independent than ever before. With that success comes more
responsibility to organize and manage their financial health.
- There are over 10 million female-owned businesses in America, generating more than $2.5 trillion in annual revenue.
- Women are starting new companies at twice the rate of
men, according to the National Foundation for Women Business
- Women tend to be better investors than men. According
to a recent study by the National Association of Investment
Clubs, women's investment clubs outperformed their male
counterparts by a wide margin in 9 out of 12 years.
While more women today are taking charge of their financial
future, many leave money management to men or ignore it altogether.
As a result, far too many women stay on the sidelines of the
money game and never take charge of their financial future.
Why are Women's Financial Needs Different?
At first glance, it may be difficult to believe that women's
financial needs are all that different from men's. However,
while the general principles of financial planning are universal,
women face unique challenges that amount to different financial
- Women live longer than men (an average of 7 years) so
they need 20% more for retirement.
- On average, women earn 25% less than men.
- Since women tend to take time off to raise children or
take care of parents (women take off approximately 11 years
more from work than men), they save less than men do for
- After earning lower salaries for fewer years, women's
social security benefits are about half of men's.
- The majority of women had certificates of deposit (CDs) in their retirement savings accounts when a more aggressive investment vehicle was more appropriate.
The Consequences are Serious.
- Almost 1 in 4 women are broke within two months of a husband
- Over 75% of all women are eventually widowed at an average
age of 56.
- 53% of women are not covered by a pension compared to
only 22% of men.
- A staggering 87% of the poverty stricken elderly are women.
The statistics are startling--but it's never too late to
start taking control of your financial future.