Women versus men in DC plans

October 26, 2015

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Women are 11% more likely than men to participate in workplace savings plans, yet men in aggregate have account balances that are 50% larger than those of women, according to Vanguard research. However, the rising adoption of automatic enrollment is mitigating differences between men and women in participation and saving rates, as well as in investment holdings. In this paper, Women versus men in DC plans, author Jean A. Young explores the reasons for such gender differences and the investment behavior that plan sponsors can encourage to increase plan contributions and more diversified investment portfolios.

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