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Everything you need to know about the “gender wealth gap”

It's not just lower salaries that place many women at a financial disadvantage. Women are less likely to make sound investments with the money they have—and the problem starts in childhood

By Phoebe Arslanagic-Wakefield  

It's not just women's earnings that matter—it's how they invest them. Photo: Prospect composite

The gender pay gap recently received considerable attention in both the Labour and Liberal Democrat manifestos during the election—but this much-debated economic and social phenomenon has a stealthy and under-discussed sister. Solving the ‘gender wealth gap’ would increase the independence and long-term security of UK women. It’s not just about the salaries women receive; it’s about what they do with that hard-earned money.

Women are better investors than men. Repeated studies have shown that among those that invest, women consistently…

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