I know this question would sound rather silly in this century, when a lot of women are successful entrepreneurs, but I do believe that with regards investments there is still a gap. And celebrating 8th of March as Women’s day, I ponder around the topic – women and investments.
We have many examples of successful girls when it comes to budgeting, debt repayment and household income. But very few I hear go the extra mile and make their hard earned money work for them.
One of the local brokers here in Malta organized a free seminar this evening to introduce their brokerage services to the wider public. The topic was funds, their benefits and disadvantages. I arrived a bit later, and had a good look at the audience. I was pleased to see that out of 20 attendees there were at least 5 women (6 with me)
In the coffee break I managed to exchange some words with them. Some of them were studying the subject, some were working in financial institutions but non of them had a portfolio yet. When I asked one of the ladies, who works in the field, does she invest herself, her eyes widened as if I asked her does she drive a Ferrari.
When I got the chance to speak to one of the organisers, a very pleasant lady, she agreed that women are widely occupied in the financial sector even on leading positions, but becoming investors is still a terra incognita for our gender.
I, as a woman, feel responsible to emphasize that it is just a mind set. That opening an account, be it with one of my favourite p2p lending platforms, or a contract with brokerage firm does not have any gender restrictions at all.
I purposefully check the names on comments on articles of fellow investors to see how many Gals are making their money work for them. For every 10, there would be 1 girl.
A recent survey shows that
I did enjoy immensely reading an interview with one woman, who not only invested, but is actually a founder of a p2p lending platform- a fintech with good feature Simona Vaitkune – CEO of Fast invest. She is on my interview list in few months time! The more girls we have like her to look up to, the more it will become a norm.
I wish a happy 8 of March to all of you wonderful women! Maybe tucked into the flowers you recieve, you will get a stock share purchased on your name 🙂 Put your best dress on and be gorgeouse – that does not exclude being an investor 🙂