Risquée Women

Lady Economist

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This weekend’s FT had an article titled “Mars and Venus – how women invest” bringing up, yet again, whether men’s supposed risk-seeking behavior and women’s supposed risk-averse behavior is reason that men are so much more successful in the business world and basically the whole world in general. This question has been discussed in media and academic literature before, but it’s especially appropriate on the release of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, where she argues that we just need to “lean in” a little more and not back away from risk and potential accomplishment. The FT reviews some surveys that show women feel less prepared to make financial decisions compared to men and that women are less likely to “enjoy the sport of investing.” The FT also discusses risky types of investing where men overwhelmingly dominate, even more than in the finance sector in general. Apparently…

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