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Are Women Outpacing Men Financially?

By Robert Pagliarini on December 3, 2016

Picture the women of the world growing wealthier. It’s happening right now. Research from the Boston Consulting Group affirms this development. BCG, a leading business strategy advisor, says that as the world grew 5.2% wealthier between 2015 and 2016, women’s wealth grew 6.6%. In total, women own about $39.6 trillion in assets worldwide, and possess…

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Retirement Planning for Women

By Robert Pagliarini on December 8, 2015

When it comes to retirement saving, many women lag behind many men. Historically, that has been the case. The 2015 edition of Financial Finesse’s annual survey, The Gender Gap in Financial Literacy, offers more evidence of the problem – along with a few encouraging signs that women may be catching up. (Financial Finesse is a…

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How Women Can Save More for Retirement

By Robert Pagliarini on April 11, 2015

Numerous articles have mentioned the obstacles women can face as they save for retirement. Turning from the negative, here are some positive factors that may help women save more.  Financial literacy. Learning about investing, retirement topics and the markets is step one. An appreciation and understanding of the potential of equity investment, a recognition that…

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Women & Money

By Robert Pagliarini on February 18, 2015

A new study asserts that women feel uncomfortable discussing financial matters. The latest Money FIT Study from Fidelity Investments is generating some conversation within the financial industry. The investment giant commissioned an online poll of 1,542 female participants in its retirement plans, and 80% of the respondents indicated that talking about money matters was “too…

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Financial Planning for Women

By Robert Pagliarini on November 18, 2014

Women are taking action to approach retirement with greater confidence. Some recent, intriguing survey data indicates that women are planning their financial futures with some degree of pragmatism, but also with considerable motivation. One of the key motivations, it seems, is receiving financial advice. Results from a new TIAA-CREF survey (and other studies) bear this…

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Women & Money: Shifting the Focus from the Short-Term to the Long-Term

By Robert Pagliarini on September 11, 2014

How many short-term financial decisions do you make each week? You probably make more than a few. They may feel routine. They may demand your attention, day in and day out. Yet in managing these day-to-day issues, you may be drawn away from making the long-term money decisions that could prove vital to your financial…

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Why Women Are Great With Money

By Robert Pagliarini on

Why do we cling to the myth that women don’t understand money as well as men? If you look at the personal finance books aimed at women over the past decade, some of the titles might convince you that women need “special help” when it comes to figuring out saving, investing and budgeting: Prince Charming…

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Retirement and Social Security for Women

By Robert Pagliarini on August 28, 2014

Will this be your future? Did you know that 30% of American women age 65 and older rely on Social Security for 90% or more of their incomes? Did you know that SSI represents virtually the only source of income for 36% of unmarried, divorced or widowed American women who are 65 and older? As…

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Financial Planning for Women

By Robert Pagliarini on April 15, 2014

Will you live to be 100? If you’re a woman, your odds of becoming a centenarian are seemingly better than those of men. In the 2010 U.S. Census, over 80% of Americans aged 100 or older were women. Will you eventually live alone? According to the Administration on Aging (a division of the federal government’s…

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Retirement Planning for Women: A Practical Financial Checklist for the Future

By Robert Pagliarini on October 17, 2013

When our parents retired, living to 75 amounted to a nice long life and Social Security was often supplemented by a pension. How different things are today! The good news is that life expectancy for women – as measured by the Centers for Disease Control – is now 81.1 years. The Social Security Administration estimates…

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