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How to Invest Like a Girl

While throwing or screaming like a girl haven't exactly been populated as compliments, investing may give the usually downer-descriptor a positive twist. The folks at The Motley Fool have given women investors the ultimate confidence boost by claiming that Warren Buffett, Mr. Richest Person in the World himself, invests like a girl. Buffett's long-term, patient approach to investing sets him apart from typical male investors who react to the market by transforming their portfolios. To find out how to invest like a girl just

Women are typically more patient in most aspects of investing and below are the positive characteristics that women often bring to the investment table.

  • Women spend more time researching their investment choices than men do which prevents them from chasing "hot" tips and trading on whims.
  • Men trade 45 percent more often than women do and tend to be overconfident investors. Trading often without enough research can reduce net returns. Women trade less often and get better returns while saving on transaction costs.
  • A study by the University of California at Davis found that women's portfolios gained 1.4 percent more than men's portfolios did. Single women did even better than single men, with 2.3 percent greater gains.
  • Women tend to look at more than just numbers when deciding whether to invest in a company. They invest in companies they feel good about ethically and personally. And companies with good products, good services, and ethics tend to have better long-term prospects, and face fewer lawsuits.
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sugsug sugsug 7 years
Where do you go to research stocks? I have no idea where to get started. I just do the IRA and high interest savings...
SDTransplant SDTransplant 7 years
My b/f invests like a girl, but started out investing like a typicak boy. He got burned a few times and learned his lesson. He does a lot of research and then passes it on to me, but he's called it wrong several times unfortunately. Doesn't help that the stock market is crappy and very volatile right now.
linb linb 7 years
I invest like a girl. My boyfriend continually tries to get me to buy random stocks. He does not research at all - he goes by what so-and-so told him. He invests like a guy, which apparently is is why my portfolio is worth more :)
nutella2683 nutella2683 7 years
Yes, please!!! I would love to know what you think about stocks and options, certain types like penny stocks and the online brokerage site you recommend. I currently use E*trade and I'm dying to devote time into investing again and hope to do so within the next month. More coverage would be so very appreciated!
princessjaslew princessjaslew 7 years
i second that! i invest like a boy. i think. i tend to buy stuff on a whim. and then forget about it and it sits in my sharebuilders account. i've been reading a lot about DRIPs but i'm totally confused. now i think the best way to go might be mutual funds esp given my ADD behavior!
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
Savvy, could you do a piece about how to start investing. I am interested in investing and diversifying instead of just my 401k, Roth, and savings account. Thanks, and great advice!
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