Fact: 60% of all personal wealth is held by women in the United States today and 40% of American-owned private businesses are owned by women.
Despite how wealth is distributed in the United States, men still dominate the financial services industry. However, because women are acquiring wealth at a higher rate, it’s of paramount importance that the financial services industry learn how to communicate more effectively with the female population.
Not only are women accumulating wealth at a higher rate, but they are becoming the primary decision makers in their families, with 90% of women likely to control the family’s wealth because they live longer than men.
Also, 70% of women change advisors within one year of their partner dying—a startling statistic, but preventable if advisors establish proper planning and communication at the outset of their relationship with female clients.
For those advisors who offer life insurance as part of your services, here’s something else worth noting: Within the past several decades, more and more women are working full-time and contributing to the workforce (at an all-time high at 49%).
Statistics show that 1.3 million of these working women earn salaries of more than $100,000 annually, and yet 43% have no life insurance. Even though they may be bringing in as much in salary as their spouse, women still predominantly rely on their spouse’s life insurance coverage even if it is significantly lower than what could cover them as well as their families.
The Life Insurance and Market Research Association (LIMRA) recommends $459,000 per policy in life insurance, but women on average have a policy 31% less than that ($129,800). Educating the female market regarding this discrepancy is extremely important in today’s world. In many cases, men tend to be the point of contact for the advisor/insurance agent.
Going forward, advisors need to understand that it’s important to always include wives and spouses in all of your conversations to promote trust. And since women tend to communicate and digest information differently than men, it’s also important to adjust your strategy for this other half of the market.