Let’s get to the facts; are women really better financial managers than men? One of the key takeaways from the statistics is that women and men approach investment differently. Those approaches are within a diversified portfolio. What you’ll see is that the cognitive and behavioral alpha that is generated or the returns. Here are some of the reasons why women do better in financial management than men.
Men are overconfident
Men tend to be overconfident when they trade and this affects them in the long run. Alpha males aren’t getting that alpha after all. The problem with being overconfident is that you tend to think that every idea that you have is a good idea. So, if you feel like you should sell, you sell. If you feel like you should buy, you buy. This is because you have a deep-seated belief that you’re right, even if the market is telling you different things. As a result, men tend to trade significantly more than women do and that tends to erode their returns over time.
Women are better thinkers
Women tend to do an excellent job of avoiding the “herd”. You don’t tend to see them all clustering into the same stocks. They are all looking for things that are off the beaten path. Whether it is in club size deal within the credit world, they are all looking for something that is different. This is mainly because they feel like to generate returns, they need be in a space that not a lot of other people are
Women have less testosterone than men. This helps them because they are less reckless. There are three things that contribute to why women tend to generate such great returns within a portfolio. The first is biology. You have got testosterone and that interacts with stress hormones. You also have brain structure, which is very different between men and women.
Things like the amygdala, which is one of the oldest parts of your brain regulate how you deal with stress; your fight-or-flight and it is larger in men than it is in women.
Once you get past the biology, you also have some cognitive factors as well. Women tend to have a much flatter probability weighting curve and so they tend to inflate prices less than men do. As a result, when you put both of those things together, what you end up with is very different behavior.