He said she said

He said she said


Coming up in “focus on your finances” Certified Financial Planner Rick Van Der Noord discusses

some interesting data that suggests that when it comes to investing - woman and men are quite



Good morning and welcome to “Focus on Your Finances. It is often said that men are creatures

of reason while women are creatures of emotion. And with the emotions of FEAR, HOPE, and

GREED being firmly established as the arch-enemy of sound investment behavior, it should stand

to reason then that men would be better investors than women. But, a study published by suggests that just the opposite might be true.

Despite the fact that women think that they are less knowledgeable investors and enjoy investing

less than men, they tend to make fewer mistakes on average.

For example, of the investors who reported buying a stock without doing any research more than

once, 47 percent of women repeated the mistake compared to 63 percent of the men.

When it comes to holding onto a loser too long, 35% of women said they were guilty compared to

47 percent of the men.

And when it came to trading a security too often, men were over twice as likely to commit this

mistake as women.

Since the Nobel Prize in economics was given to Dr’s Markowitz, Miller and Sharpe for their

research into portfolio theory, diversification has been a foundational piece of sound money

portfolio design. Yet, both men and women continue to make the mistake of putting too much of

one investment in their portfolio. Nevertheless, the men in the MSMoney survey committed this

mistake nearly 40% more frequently than the women.

Finally, regardless of gender, the life we are given is not a dress rehearsal for the next time. We

ALL need to make the most of the one life we have. So any help that we can get to avoid making

money mistakes is valuable. Well in this matter, the women trump the men again. In the survey,

70 percent of the women reported having a primary financial advisor as opposed to only 50% of

the men.

So the next time I’m looking to make an investment, I think I’ll ask my wife first.

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