This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
TheStreet Open House

Women Investors Perform Consistent With Or Better Than Markets

The majority of self-directed women investors feel they’ve been successful at closely matching or outperforming the markets over the last two years, according to the first-ever International TD Women Investor Poll. The survey asked female investors in three different countries to reveal their thoughts and attitudes about a variety of investment topics. The survey was commissioned by TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation in the U.S. (NYSE:AMTD), TD Waterhouse in Canada, and TD Direct Investing in the U.K.

Women investors outperform or perform close to the marketAccording to the survey results, more than twice as many women in the U.S. (31%) and U.K. (38%) are self-directed investors who manage their investments online, compared with their Canadian counterparts (13%). Of these female investors, more than three-quarters in the U.S. (81%) say they’ve consistently outperformed or performed close to the market over the last two years. This is consistent with women investors in Canada and the U.K. who say the same (76% and 82%, respectively).

The majority of women investors in all three countries (U.S.: 94%, Canada: 87%, and U.K.: 87%) also say they are quite confident or level-headed and don’t let their nerves get the best of them when managing their portfolios.

“It’s good to see that so many women across the globe feel confident about managing their personal portfolios. Taking control of your own investments can be a bit overwhelming, but there are many free online financial resources and tools available that can help get you started,” says Carrie Braxdale, managing director, investor services, TD Ameritrade, Inc., a broker-dealer subsidiary of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation. “While you are investing for yourself, you don’t have to do it alone.”

Women confident they can weather volatility; willing to take some riskThe majority of women say they have changed nothing in their portfolios during times of market volatility (U.S.: 54%, Canada: 61%, U.K.: 52%), saying they are confident that their long-term plans can weather the volatility.

Canadian (38%) and British (35%) women report to be the most conservative, saying they don’t want to take any chances with their money—while only one-quarter of American women (25%) gave this answer. The majority of women in all three countries say they are willing to take chances to receive a better return (U.S.: 74%, Canada: 65%, U.K.: 62%), and very few women describe themselves as having a high-risk tolerance (U.S.: 8%, Canada: 4%, U.K.: 5%).

1 of 3

Select the service that is right for you!

COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
DOW 17,156.85 +24.88 0.15%
S&P 500 2,001.57 +2.59 0.13%
NASDAQ 4,562.1890 +9.43 0.21%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from Bankrate.com

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs