A primary concern of women is that they will run out of money and be old and poor. And the simple truth is that women do have unique planning needs. Look at these facts:
- 80% of American women will find themselves the sole keepers of their personal finances at some point during their lives, however, most of those women feel financially insecure, despite controlling more wealth, having more education and being more involved in financial decisions.
- Depending on the occupation women still make anywhere from .77 to .91 cents on the dollar less than men. The good news is that in younger generations the wage gap appears to be closing.
- Women’s careers are often interrupted by family needs, both childcare and eldercare which limits their opportunity for income growth contributes to the wage gap, and disrupts the ability to save for retirement.
- Many women start out in similar careers earning less than men either because of systemic bias.
- Widows who left the finances up to the men in their lives are in need of guidance and a trusted adviser.
- Over the next 20 years, baby-boomer and millennial women will inherit wealth from both their parents and their spouse
That is why it is so vital that women plan, save, and invest now: it’s the most empowering way to secure your financial future.
Cathy’s clients are individuals who admit they need help and want to work with someone they can trust; who are savvy about money but who “know what they don’t know”; and who could do it themselves, but don’t have the time or the interest.