The Great Wealth Transfer: Women, Are You Ready?

Michele Brigman-Pemberton |

A great wealth transfer is coming as the Baby Boomer generation moves on, and women are likely to be the largest beneficiaries of passed-down wealth. Women are also building their own wealth despite continuing gender wage discrepancies between men and women. Women continue to climb the corporate ladder in greater numbers than previous generations, moving into management and higher-level roles.

When it comes to investing and wealth management strategies, women also differ from men, which means this great wealth transfer may also lead to changes in approaches to financial planning.

Women Are Focused on Their Life Goals

When women look at their financial planning, they generally are more likely to be focused on their life goals than men. With males dominating the financial planning profession, women may have a more challenging time seeking out a financial professional that will align with their planning path. Women are also less likely to feel confident in investing without consultation, so it will be important that financial professionals are able to help them to establish trust, listen to their input, and work with them to help them with their life goals.

Risk Tolerance Differs for Women

Women can be less comfortable taking on risk compared to men when it comes to investing. This means they will likely prefer to save more depending on their financial goals. Financial professionals will need to help them plan for the additional savings required if their taste for risk stays on the conservative side. However, women may be more likely to invest at a higher risk if they feel their questions have been fully answered about the investment.

Women Are More Emotionally Influenced When it Comes to Investing

While women are pragmatic when managing their financial portfolios, they may also allow emotions to influence their financial decisions. Decisions regarding their finances may often be linked to relationships and family. To this end, women will need to be able to connect emotionally with their financial professionals, which will help bridge any communication gaps.

Technology Will Be Crucial During the Great Wealth Transfer

When estates are transferred, the process may be long and complicated depending on the size and complexity of the estate. If other siblings or heirs are involved, they may each receive differing advice, which may further complicate the process. It is essential that each client feels safe asking questions and comparing advice so they can come to an agreed-upon decision. Technology, such as teleconferencing and programs forecasting tax exposure, will be vital to this communication process, especially when heirs are in different geographic areas.



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