Busting 3 Myths about Women & Money

Have you ever been told that you're not good with money? That women aren't as financially savvy as men? That we're more prone to overspending and living beyond our means? Unfortunately, these kinds of stories are all too common. But the truth is, they're just myths.

I’m going to bust some of the most pervasive myths about women and money, and share some truths that will help you take control of your finances.

Myth #1: Women are naturally bad with money. 

There's no biological or genetic reason why women would be less skilled at managing finances than men. Studies have shown that women tend to be more diligent about budgeting and saving than men, and are less likely to take on risky investments.

A report published in 2018 by the Warwick Business School in the UK analyzed data from 2,800 investors over a three-year period and found that women generated higher returns on their investments than men. The report attributed this trend to the fact that women tend to be more patient...

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How to Become a Better Investor

Are you interested in how to become a better investor? It's an admirable goal, but it can seem overwhelming at first. After all, how do you maximize your gains while minimizing your losses? The good news is that here are five tips to help you on your path to becoming a better investor.

  1. Have a clear investment strategy
  2. Take the long view
  3. Diversify your holdings
  4. Make adjustments when needed
  5. Be consistent


5 Tips to Become a Better Investor

Become a Better Investor by Having a Clear Investment Strategy

The first tip is to have a clear investment strategy. Before creating an investment strategy, it’s important to get really clear on what your goals are for the money that you're investing. Even before I start talking to my clients about individual investments, I ask some important questions. What are your financial goals and in what timeframe do you want to achieve these goals? What’s your risk tolerance? What are your liquidity needs? Liquidity refers to how quickly...

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Bringing Awareness to Equal Pay Day

What is Equal Pay Day?

National Equal Pay Day raises awareness of the pay discrepancies between men and women for the same work each year. Equal Pay Day was created by the National Committee on Pay Equity (NCPE) in 1996. This year, Equal Pay Day will be recognized on Tuesday, March 14.

Equal Pay Day also symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.

In 2022, studies showed that women in the U.S. earned, on average, 82 cents for every dollar earned by men, so a woman must work 15 months to make what a man earns in 12 months. This number varies based on occupation and industry - women in the legal field earn 63 cents, and women in finance and insurance earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men.

According to an article in Forbes, women lose hundreds of thousands of dollars over a lifetime compared to their white male counterparts. For example, one study showed that white women lost $555,360, and black women lost $964,400...

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Bounce Back: A Guide to Overcoming Financial Setbacks

Recently, a client couple shared a sudden crisis they faced - a car accident had left one of them without a vehicle. Even though this young couple was relatively new to managing their finances, they didn't allow this setback to steer them off track. Instead, they looked for solutions, a shift in their approach compared to a year ago, demonstrating the importance of overcoming financial setbacks while maintaining a wealth mindset.

Key Strategies for Overcoming Financial Setbacks

Deciding to cultivate a wealth mindset is the initial leap toward building a rich legacy. Acting on this decision is the follow-through. However, the most crucial strategy lies in overcoming financial setbacks without letting them erase your progress.

When life is smooth sailing, it's easier to make changes, cultivate good habits, plan budgets, and involve family in financial decisions. You're proud of building your emergency savings and spending responsibly. But what happens when you're suddenly faced with a...

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15 Best Budgeting & Money Management Tools

Looking for the best budgeting or money management tools? There are so many facets of budgeting, and you'll likely have to make some sacrifices, but using one of these tools can make those sacrifices easier and can take the most challenging work out of budget. These are the best budgeting apps and tools to download now if you want to get your spending under control. 

Some of these budgeting products listed below offer both a desktop and an app version of the product. And some of these tools do the same thing. You don't need all of these, so pick and choose which ones best fit your financial situation! 

Monarch Money

Monarch Money is an app that helps to break bad patterns and automate budgeting. It allows you to set goals, track spending, and even allows you to share your profile with your financial planner so they can better support you in reaching your financial goals.

You can get a 30-day free trial of Monarch Money here. 


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6 Budgeting Myths to Stop Believing (and the Truths Instead!)

Having a budget is essential to successful financial planning, and over the years I have heard so many myths about budgets and why people say they don’t work or why they don’t need a budget. These budgeting myths can prevent you from achieving financial security so in this blog post, let’s play MythBusters and walk through some of the misinformation I hear about budgets and what the truths are instead. 

Budget Myth #1: Creating and managing a budget takes too much time.

The Reality: Taking control of your money is worth the investment.

Creating a budget for the first time can seem overwhelming and time consuming, but it doesn’t have to be. There are so many tools, templates and apps available to help you through the process. And once your budgeting framework is in place, you can easily and quickly adjust your budget. 

If you use an app or other online money management tool for your budget, the tool walks you through the set-up process. You often...

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How to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck - Part 2

In our previous blog post Stop Living Paycheck-to-Paycheck, we discussed some common reasons people live paycheck-to-paycheck. In this blog post, we'll share some ways that can help you get out of this cycle and put your money to work for you. 

Setting a Budget

The first step is to set a budget. When you set your budget, it's important to consider your needs, wants, and future, which involves savings according to your goals and plans. Creating a budget can initially seem overwhelming, but keep reading for helpful tips. 

Determine Your Income

Your income is not what your boss pays you or what you earn if you work for yourself; it's what you have left over after all mandatory paycheck deductions like taxes and insurance have been paid. After all, you cannot budget what you do not have. So getting this figure right will help.

Add Up Your Expenses

This may take longer if you're in debt or have many expenses you didn't realize you had. The best way to do this is to open...

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Social Security Considerations for Divorced Women

As part of our Thriving After Divorce Speaker Series, our own Leah Hadley, Founder and CEO of Great Lakes Divorce Financial Solutions and Great Lakes Investment Management, discussed Social Security Considerations for Divorced Women.

Social security is a very important topic, especially for women who have been divorced (whether or not you're now remarried) and are approaching retirement age. Women represent 56 percent of all Social Security beneficiaries aged 62 and older and about 66 percent of all beneficiaries aged 85 and older. 

Even though progress has been made in bridging the gender pay gap, on average, women still earn less than men and have less retirement savings. BUT on average, women are LIVING LONGER than men, so how can you maximize the money you have so you can live the way you want in your retirement?

In Leah's presentation, she discussed the value of Social Security and the ways you may increase your lifetime benefits.

The Value of Social Security


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Creating Your Best Life After Divorce

Going through a divorce is one of the most difficult and stressful events in a person’s life. There are so many heightened emotions and hard decisions to be made while also managing the details of the divorce process itself. It can be easy to get caught in the cycle of dwelling on the past and feeling regret. 

As part of our Thriving After Divorce Speaker Series, Wendy Sterling, a certified divorce specialist and grief consultant, discussed how to recover after divorce to create your best life. In her presentation, Wendy talked about creating a VISION for a post-divorce life, and that’s what we’re going to focus on in this post. 

An effective way to help you create your best life after divorce is to focus on the now and the vision of the life you want going forward. I think Wendy put it best when she said:

“You are the artist of this canvas of your life.”

Creating a Vision 

Divorce can be an empowering experience where you have the...

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5 Ways to Manage Stress After a Divorce

We have heard from our clients that many who are going through the divorce process are struggling physically as well as emotionally. And the stress doesn’t just automatically go away after the divorce process is finalized. We talk to a lot of people with long-term physical challenges. That’s why we wanted to provide you with some information that could help you if you’re someone who is experiencing physical pain during or after a divorce.

As part of our Thriving After Divorce Speaker Series, Dr. Patricia Delzell, a board-certified musculoskeletal radiologist specializing in the integrative treatment of chronic musculoskeletal pain, presented on this very important topic of how stress and anxiety can contribute to chronic pain. 

When going through a divorce, women often feel uncertain about their financial future, and this out-of-control feeling can make them feel physical pain. Psychological distress and physical pain are connected because they share the same...

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