Financial Surveys Do Women a Disservice
Women and men may have different financial needs, but don't rely on recent studies to explain those differences.
Here are just three puzzling examples of studies from major life insurers about women's attitudes toward personal finance.
Take a recent study by Allianz (AZ) Life Insurance. The headline of the press release declares: "Allianz Study Finds That Women Are Eager to Strengthen Financial Planning Skills, Despite General Feelings of Insecurity."
Further down in the release, a sub-headline states, "Women Feel Overwhelmed By Materials, Language." Reading on, though, one learns that only 44% of the participants say the information is "overwhelming/too much/hard to sort through" -- and this isn't compared with the overall population including men. Even fewer women say that the information is "complicated or hard to understand" (36%) or that they "don't understand terminology/materials seem foreign" (26%).This guide from Prudential (PRU) contains the headline, "Three-quarters
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