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Online investment shows narrowing gender divide

  • March 06 2020
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Online investment shows narrowing gender divide

By Grace Ormsby
March 06 2020
Online investment shows narrowing gender divide

Online investment shows narrowing gender divide

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  • March 06 2020
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Online investment shows narrowing gender divide

A new report has revealed Australia’s online investment space is seeing the participation gap between male and female users closing.

The latest research from Investment Trends, the 2019 2H Online Broking Report, has found not only that more Australian women are investing to build their wealth than ever before, Australia is “substantially” ahead of other established markets in this respect.

In celebration of International Women’s Day this 8 March 2020nestegg is celebrating all things equality and the importance of recognising and realising women’s rights through a financial lens.

While women still do only make up 18 per cent of a cohort of 750,000 active online investors across Australia, Investment Trends’ research director, Recep Peker, observed that “in recent years — and particularly through 2019 — the proportion of Australian women who began investing for the first time grew substantially to 28 per cent of that cohort”.

It’s more than double the rate observed five-plus years ago, he said.

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According to Mr Peker, “while more work needs to be done to lift the ratio of women investors, Australia is substantially ahead of established markets such as the UK”, where just 11 per cent of online investors are women.

We aren’t too far behind the United States either, where 21 per cent of online investors are female.

Also in its report, Investment Trends noted a “strong desire” among women investors to learn and further educate themselves.

Mr Peker highlighted how women most often rely on their own personal research and company-produced reports as a foundation for making investment decisions, not dissimilar to their male counterparts.

On the other hand, “they are substantially more likely to collaborate and discuss ideas with their friends and family members”.

Nearly four in 10 females (37 per cent) have indicated they invest in this way, compared to 28 per cent of men.

The research director also considered that “women are also somewhat more likely to seek out the views of prominent investors and commentators, listen to investment-related podcasts and rely on investment-related online forums and blogs.

The same is true for women who want to begin their investing journey in the next 12 months, he added.

“This group — to a vastly higher extent than men — wants to start by investing small amounts of money,” Mr Peker highlighted, with a figure of 52 per cent for females contrasting to 33 per cent of men.

“And they are significantly more likely than men to want education, a good understanding of how to manage risk and the ability to share and learn from the experience of others.

“It is no coincidence, then, that both in Australia and globally, women investors have increasingly embraced low-entry-cost products with ETFs at their core, such as microsavings apps and robo-advice services.”

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