Learn to Invest by Investing: An Interview with Gwen Paddock



Only 53% of women have the confidence to invest money, while 82% of their male counterparts are confident investing money, Gwen Paddock, national manager, agriculture and agribusiness, client and business strategy at RBC Royal Bank, told delegates at this year’s Advancing Women Conference in Calgary.

Yet, Paddock explained, women tend to be better investors than men.

A UC Davis study, published in 2000, used account data from February 1991 through January 1997. It found that men traded 45% more than women, reducing their net returns by 2.66 percentage points per year (compared to 1.7 for women). The study was entitled Boys will be Boys: Gender, Overconfidence, and Common Stock Investment.

For anyone intimidated by investing, Paddock gave credit to the 4-H motto, advising people to learn to invest by investing.

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