Mar 27, 2024

Question of the Day [Women's History Month]: Do men or women tend to be better investors?

Investment returns aren't really a competition between men and women, but if they were...who would come out on top? 

Answer: Women



  • How does a rate of return difference as little as 0.4% impact investments over time?
  • What do you think are the skills necessary to be a successful investor? 
  • Studies show that women often have less confidence than men when it comes to investing and yet this study suggests they have higher returns than men. Why do you think that is the case? 


Here are the ready-to-go slides for this Question of the Day that you can use in your classroom.


Behind the numbers (CNBC):

"Women investors tend to achieve positive returns and outperform men by 40 basis points, according to research from Fidelity Investments, based on an analysis of annual performance for 5.2 million accounts. Yet the firm also found women tend to hold too much cash on the sidelines and often feel they need to know more before they invest."


Check out NGPF's Investing unit for lessons, activities, and more resources.


ANALYZE: Inequalities in Investing will give your students a broader look at some of the nuances of investing among different groups.


About the Author

Ryan Wood

Ryan grew up with and maintains a love for learning. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a degree in Business Administration and worked in sports marketing for a number of years. After living in Texas, Colorado, Tennessee, and Minnesota, the call of education eventually brought Ryan back to his home state of Wisconsin where he was a Business and Marketing teacher for three years. In his free time he likes to spend time with his wife and daughter, play basketball, read, and go fishing. Now with NGPF, Ryan is excited to help teachers lead the most important course their students will ever take.

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