NEW YORK (MainStreet) About 66% of women have either primary or shared financial decision-making responsibility with their partners, according to a recent study by LPL Financial. But even as women earn more and gain power in the workplace, many still fear becoming a bag lady in their old age.
"Society is beginning to realize the severity of the challenges women face in achieving long-term financial security but they are still so significant that women have to do even more in order to overcome them," said Liz Davidson, CEO and founder of Financial Finesse.
Women still lag behind significantly when it comes to saving and investing.
"Because women tend to be more conservative investors, they may not be generating enough income to last throughout retirement and they may not even be keeping up with the rate of inflation," said Peg Webb, a financial advisor with Wealth Enhancement Group in Plymouth, Minn. "The main danger here is outliving your income stream and not being able to maintain the quality of life you desire in retirement."
Some 62% of men compared to only 47% of women who have an emergency fund, according to a recent Financial Finesse study./p>
"The greatest challenge facing women is a lack of interest in investing because it is sometimes perceived as a hobby," Webb told MainStreet. "Investing is not a hobby. Your livelihood very likely depends upon it."
Part of the problem is that women with college degrees make on average $1.2 million less than a man during her career.