At a glance

  • Some women lack confidence when it comes to money and this can have a big impact on their wellbeing, preventing financial independence and hindering their ability to plan for the future.
  • This lack of confidence can be due to their upbringing and emotional connections to money.
  • To regain a sense of financial control, it’s a good idea to talk to friends about money, as well as discussing requirements with an independent financial adviser.

How would you describe your relationship with money, the habits that determine the ways you spend or save your cash?

Some women lavish it on family and friends, others love the rush of a bargain outfit, while a good number prefer to save it, safe in the knowledge that if disaster strikes, there’s always money in the bank.

Our decisions are fuelled by a host of emotions – guilt, fear, boredom, or simply keeping up with our social circle.

I talk to a lot of women in my work, and irrespective of household budgets managed, insurance policies purchased or savings plans contributed to, few describe themselves as financially confident. How often do you hear your own friends confess “I’m not good with money”?

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