Women's wealth

A new approach to financial planning

As life expectancy increases, women in many countries are likely to live into their nineties. In response, women need to focus more than ever on their long-term financial needs, such as planning for retirement, long-term care and insurance.

Our research shows that women who participate in long-term financial decisions not only increase their chances of financial security but feel more positive about the future.

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UBS Women Forum

With the aim to support women to achieve greater financial well-being, we're delighted to share with you a series of live online events, podcasts, articles and special guest features on getting the most from your life and wealth.

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Our research1 revealed that many women delegate long-term financial decisions – such as investments, pensions and insurance – to their spouses when they get married. That’s risky. As life moves on, different circumstances and events can force women to take control of their finances – when they’re least prepared to do so.

But it’s a different story for women who share decisions with their partners about long-term finances. They feel confident about the future and their money today, and they’re better prepared for whatever might happen tomorrow.

How financially confident are you?

Life can be full of surprises. Be prepared for the great adventure that is your life. Find out how best to achieve your financial goals as a woman.

Complete a quick self-assessment to discover your financial confidence type.

Life events

Few life journeys are neatly mapped out. More often, life presents us with forks in the road and detours. We take on these challenges because they enrich our lives – even if some of them are less welcome than others. But one thing remains true: a long-term asset development plan that safeguards your wealth will prepare you for many of life’s twists and turns.

Whatever phase of life you’re in, know what to keep in mind when it comes to your finances.

First job

  • Are you taking control of your personal finances and contracts?
  • Are you making your first investments and analysing how much risk you can take on?
  • Are you protecting yourself from adverse events?

Partnership and marriage

  • Are you prepared for major expenses, such as buying a home, which often come at the beginning of your life as a couple?
  • Have you arranged your joint finances?
  • Since life doesn’t always go as planned, have you found a suitable setup for a shared future?

Family and children

  • Have you assessed and prioritized your goals and made sure they’re in line with your added family members' expenses? Have you considered the great importance you will attach to your children’s education and to fulfilling their dreams?
  • A home you’re comfortable in is of inestimable value. Have you thought about the best way to finance your home and what the tax implications are?

Separation/ divorce

  • In the event of a divorce, joint assets and retirement assets are divided. Have you considered that this may lead to a significant change in your financial situation?
  • Have you considered that finances and contracts will need to be unravelled and adapted to your new circumstances?
  • Are you aware of how important it is to rebuild your financial independence and confidence?

Retirement

  • Assessing the future is a crucial factor. Have you thought about when to stop working, pension schemes and health expenses?
  • Various retirement assets can be paid out when you stop working. Have you taken into consideration the fact that they’re taxed differently from other income?
  • Have you gauged how much financial flexibility you’ll have, especially as your focus might begin to shift towards travel, grandchildren, voluntary activities and realizing personal dreams and hobbies?

Gifting and inheritance

  • In many cases, some or all of your assets may already be earmarked for loved ones. If so, have you thought of involving them in your current investment decisions?
  • What are you passionate about? People often wish to give something back to society by helping those less fortunate, getting involved in environmental projects or finding other worthy causes.
  • Do you have arrangements in place for the assets you wish to pass on? Don’t forget to check if special tax rules should be taken into account, including foreign rules.

Investment opportunities that fit your needs and goals

Demystifying sustainable investing

The majority of women want to invest in organisations that promote social well-being, and we want to support them. We expect that sustainable investing will become a crucial way in which women will be able to achieve a greater social impact, with female investors set to invest USD 2.3 trillion in improving social good by 2021.2

How much do you know about sustainable investing?

Supporting gender equality

We’re committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. The World Economic Forum’s research shows that it will take up to 108 years to close the general gender gap, compared to 100 years in last year's report.3 One way we can support this change is through gender-lens wealth: mobilising private wealth towards gender equality.

How does it work? People invest in companies that treat and represent their female staff equally, organisations that support women and girls, and female-led businesses with diverse teams. There's also evidence that companies operating in this way are well placed to succeed. What if you could help empower women when you invest?


How we can help you

The financial industry has lagged in its response towards women’s needs when it comes to their values and attitudes around wealth. Many women don’t feel confident making financial decisions.

That’s why we’ve committed to increasing women's financial confidence. We provide you with advice along every step of the financial lifecycle. Our aim is to be more than just a bank – we want to be a reliable partner that you can count on.

Quality expertise

Insights and a wide range of wealth solutions for every stage of your life.

Networking community

Opportunities for women to connect and access to specialists around the world.

Tailored advice

Advice that goes beyond investing and access to specialists around the world.

Financial empowerment

Support female financial independence and participation in making financial decisions.


 

UBS Women Forum

Since 2019, our UBS Women Forum events have been sharing insights on financial wellbeing - and how we can work together to make the world a better place. We're delighted to share with you a series of podcasts, articles and special guest features on getting the most from your life and wealth.


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