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Nearly four-in-10 (38%) Canadian women admit they know “very little” about finance and investment according to the national Financial Independence survey commissioned by the Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC) in time for International Women’s Day (March 8).

The Leger poll asked 1,000 Canadian women about the struggles they face when it comes to feeling financially empowered.

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The survey found nearly nine-in-ten (86%) Canadian women have at least one struggle when it comes to their finances, including the following:

  • Nearly four-in-10 (38%) say they know “very little” about finance and investment
  • Nearly three-in-10 (28%) are dependent on a partner or someone else to make ends meet financially

“These numbers show that women still have a long way to go in terms of their comfort and understanding in regard to financial matters,” said Kelley Keehn, award-winning author, personal finance educator and consumer advocate for FPSC. “It’s a wakeup call and an opportunity to seek education, grow in effectiveness and lay claim to our financial independence.”

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Here are some of the survey’s other standout findings:

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  • Single women are significantly more likely than their married counterparts to admit they know very little about issues related to finance and investment (47% vs. 35% of married women)
  • Nearly four-in-ten (38%) women feel uncomfortable negotiating a better interest rate
  • 16% of women leave the management of household finances and investments to their partner
  • 34 percent have more debt (outside of real estate) than savings
  • 19 percent of women do not keep track of their spending
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Of all the women polled, over half (56%) do not have a written financial plan (stunningly, 60% of those aged 45-54 don’t have a plan), while 42 percent do not know their credit score.

The full results of the Financial Independence survey can be found here.


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To learn more about building financial confidence, read Women taking charge: plan today to live the life you want tomorrow and watch Building your money confidence and Women and financial self-confidence.