Our women & money section offers a female perspective on the intricacies of investment and retirement, looking at the challenges and choices women often have to navigate to achieve their financial goals.
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There is a glaring gender gap when it comes to women’s investment and pension savings – a gap which grows as we age and means many women may face the prospect of spending their retirement years in poverty. There are many factors behind this gap, ranging from the fact that women are still the primary caregivers, often taking a career break or opting for a more flexible work arrangement to raise a family or look after ill or elderly relatives. Then there’s the thorny issue of the gender pay gap. If you earn less, you inevitably have less to save. In our Mind the Gap series, we highlight some of these ‘gaps’, offering some pragmatic guidance on what women can do about them.