By Claire Martin, special to CNBC
NEW YORK ( CNBC) -- When Nancy Havens-Hasty first started out on Wall Street in the early 1970s, she noticed a few key discrepancies between how men and women approached their work. "There were guys who got so angry they'd bang their phones on their desk and break their fingers," says Havens-Hasty, who went on to become the first female employee on Bear Stearns' board of directors and now manages Havens International Enhanced Fund, the third-highest performing merger arbitrage fund over the past five years, according to the Hedge Fund Journal. "I never understood why that was a better reaction that just bursting into tears," she adds. As it turns out, it's not. A growing body of research shows that men are more emotional than women in ways that can be detrimental to their success as investors -- and women generally make better money managers, even in the highest-risk folds of the industry.
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