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%).