Women and finances

It’s time to own your worth. Let’s talk money.

Building bridges, breaking barriers

Why do only 20% of couples participate in financial decisions equally?

Even today, half of women leave big financial decisions to their spouse or partner. For our third Own your worth report, we wanted to find out: do men play a role in women’s behavior? Can men help change the dynamic? We discovered that it will take both women and men to turn the tide. Take a look at the findings—and the solution to help couples share decisions.

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Most women and men want to make decisions together

88% of men want their wife involved and 67% of women agree, suggesting hope for progress.

Time constraints and indifference may prevent women from getting involved

90% of men say their spouse or partner isn't interested in getting involved with financial decisions, and 73% of women agree. 84% of men and 78% of women say that's because women are too busy to take it on.

Couples who make decisions together are more confident about the future

70% of couples believe sharing in decisions would foster confidence and financial security. Women in particular would feel more prepared in case something happened to their spouse, such as illness, disability or death.

Equality calls for sharing decisions equally

Both women and men agree that for society to achieve true gender equality, women need to start participating in finances. The good news is that couples are ready to step up and start making decisions together. And once they do, they will have more confidence in their financial future. Download the full report for a blueprint to help women—and all investors—get involved with decisions that impact their financial future.

Previous research

Find out how women across generations approach financial decisions that impact their futures.

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Frequently avoided questions

The most important questions can seem overwhelming. But it's time to start asking them. You’re more than ready for the answers, and we have a few ideas below.

Budgets aren’t just for making ends meet.

Budgets can help you save for what you value most. Now is the time to do a budget check. 

When you’re moving forward you may need cash to fall back on.

Consider saving and keeping some cash for an adequate emergency fund.

New Financial Goals Kickstart Guide

It’s time to reevaluate how your financial goals fit with the goals you have for your life. Meeting with a Financial Advisor can help you build a comprehensive plan and remove some anxieties around the unknown. Here is a list of questions to talk with a Financial Advisor about right now:

  • Do I have enough to sustain my lifestyle?
  • What is my updated net worth and asset allocation?
  • Does my current budget align with my goals?
  • Are my values reflected in my individual financial plan?
  • Am I saving enough and in the right places?

There is a tremendous benefit to communicating openly about money. Sometimes it helps to take the emotional charge out of the conversation and plan what you say in advance. Here are some tools to help get you started.

Money Talk

When you open the lines of communication early and often, money talks don’t have to be contentious. UBS research shows that partners who share financial decisions feel more positive about the future and less anxious about money.1

Financial Dreams Kickstart Guide

Dreaming about what you want your money to do can be fun. Use this Financial Dreams Kickstart Guide to get going.

  • What do you want to accomplish in your life?
  • What are your main concerns?
  • What do you want your legacy to be?
  • Who are the people that matter most to you?
  • How do you plan to achieve your life’s vision?

Express your desire to join in the financial decisions with your partner.

Our fill-in-the-blank money talk guides are the perfect way to organize your thoughts when it comes to commonly avoided conversations. Start planning now.

Few conversations are as important as planning for a future without you or your spouse. Who will make important decisions in the case of a death or illness? Who will care for your loved ones? How will you pass on your wealth? If you and your partner don’t make decisions now, they could be made without you later.

Money Beliefs Kickstart Guide

These conversations are tricky. You and your partner may have different ideas about what you want your money to do, both now and after you're gone. If you understand why your partner feels differently, it will be easier to come to an agreement. Use this Kickstart Guide to help start a conversation that gets to the root of both your values.

  • Who do you want to receive your wealth if you’re no longer able to enjoy it?
  • Who are the most important people in your lives and how should your wealth be divided among them?
  • Do you and your partner agree on how much to leave to your children, if any?
  • Do you want to leave anything to the people or causes you care about?
  • Do you want to put any parameters around inheritance?
  • If you and your partner disagree, can you find a compromise with elements that are important to you both?

Make a plan with your partner to take care of your family if something happens.

Our fill-in-the-blank money talk guides are the perfect way to organize your thoughts when it comes to commonly avoided conversations. Start planning now.

Supporting your parents isn’t something everybody plans for. When you’re ready, let your parents know you want to discuss finances because you care so much about them.

Cash Cushion

If you need to help care for someone else down the road, you may want to increase your cash to cover their needs as well. Contact a Financial Advisor to help you plan.

Talk to an Advisor Checklist

  • Financial and estate plans
  • Savings and checking accounts
  • Emergency funds
  • Expenses
  • Pensions and Social Security
  • Retirement accounts
  • Investment accounts
  • Life insurance policies
  • Long-term care policies
  • Loans, credit lines and other debt
  • Trust accounts
  • Real estate
  • Annual gifting
  • Charitable giving

Discuss a financial plan for the future with your parents.

Our fill-in-the-blank money talk guides are the perfect way to organize your thoughts when it comes to commonly avoided conversations. Start planning now.

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