Why financial planning needs more women

Why financial planning needs more women

By David Chaplain at the Financial Review - click for more The numbers are unequivocal: Australian financial planning is men's business. Using Financial Planning Association (FPA) membership data as a proxy for the whole profession, just over 20 per cent of Australia's financial advisers are female. That's great if men like talking to other men about retirement planning, among the many other important services planners provide, but advice is about much more than that. An environment where clients will face a male adviser in four out of five instances is not immediately inviting…Read more

Asia Pacific Civil Society Forum on BEIJING+20

All women were seen; all women were heard A small attempt to summarize today's discussions The Asia-Pacific Civil Society Forum on Beijing+20 held eighteen simultaneous workshops today touching upon issues that affect women's human rights and their empowerment in the region. The discussions in the workshops will forge the recommendations that civil society will give to governments in the upcoming inter-governmental meeting—UN ESCAP Asia and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: Beijing+20 review—that will be held on November 17-20 in Bangkok. Cross-cutting issues, such as race, class, ability, age, HIV status,…Read more

Syrian Women in Jordan Face Economics of Survival

Prepared by their culture to stay home with the children, single female heads of household are ill-equipped for refugee life in the cities of Jordan. Survival sex, domestic violence and early marriage are all part of the coping effort. Amman, Mafraq and Ramtha, JORDAN (WOMENSENEWS)--Salwa Eqta has two mattresses and a small collection of pots that she cannot use because her home has no kitchen or running water. One mattress she used to share with husband, before he went back to Syria. The other mattress is for her twin daughters, Rawan and Rana,…Read more

Gender directive has ‘limited impact’ on advisers’ business

Insurer says while it is positive news that the gender directive had little impact, there are still too many people without protection cover.   The gender directive had limited impact on advisers’ protection business with fewer than a third of adviser respondents stating the regulation made their customers review their protection needs, research from Zurich revealed. The gender directive came into force on 21 December 2011 and meant insurers cannot charge different rates for men and women. There has since been concern that gender neutral pricing will increase the cost of annuities for…Read more
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