Sydney Women are moving to disprove the age-old insult that they have no idea when it comes to money. The latest Citi Fin-Q study of Australian women and financial behaviors shows females are taking control of their money matters and becoming more financially responsible.
The annual study looks at more than 200 women across different age groups and tracks their changes in financial actions and attitudes.
According to the latest Citi Fin-Q for Women survey,
"Since the global credit crisis, no one can hide from their finances," said Tania Browne, Investment Specialist & Advice Coach for Citi.
"In the past, women have relied heavily on men to handle their financial affairs, putting them in the ‘too hard' basket. The Citi Fin-Q results show females taking very practical steps in preparation for bad times ahead."
The Citi Fin-Q for Women survey also found:
"The unemployment rate is rising, superannuation funds and investments have taken a hit, and everyone is spending more cautiously," said Browne. "In response, women are changing their behaviors, getting money wise and putting contingencies in place."
The latest Citi Fin-Q for Women Survey data was collected at the end of 2008 just after the financial crisis took hold.
"We expect the trends from this report to be amplified in our next Citi Fin-Q for Women survey, scheduled for the end of 2009. We hope women will continue to upgrade their financial skills and wisdom over this time."
Other results of interest include:
The Citi Fin-Q Survey
Most of us know that IQ stands for Intelligence Quotient. The Citi Fin-Q Survey was designed to measure the Financial Quotient (Fin-Q Score) or financial well being of consumers. The research was conducted by CXC Research among a representative sample of 250 Australian women, aged 18 years or older, in late October 2008.
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