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Picking a Pro to Manage Your Money

Turning to an expert for financial advice is a smart move. Even the savviest woman sometimes struggles with money management. According to a  Money.com survey, only 36% of women are satisfied with their net worth. What’s more, about 37% of women are unhappy with their investment portfolio.

Clearly, women want better for their money. However, it takes a trained, seasoned professional to know the ins and outs of the industry.

Here’s the challenge, though. When it comes to financial pros, one size hardly ever fits all. You need to pinpoint which big money brain fits the bill. Which one to call, depends on your specific financial concerns.

Sounds like you need a financial expert to pick a financial expert, right? Thankfully, no–just some advice to point you in the right direction. Read on for helpful information and advice.

 

37% of women are unhappy with their investment portfolio

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Look for certification

There’s not much stopping people with little or no experience from claiming pro finance expertise. How do you tell the difference between a pro and a schmoe? One good way to separate the fly-by-night types from the true experts: certification. Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation signifies they meet stringent education, examination, experience and ethics requirements. Those three little letters make a big difference. Namely, the pro meets or exceeds a certain level of standards.

Another certification you should note: Purse Strings Approved professionals. It’s our mission to give women better options and service when managing their money. Purse Strings approval proves to the world that a financial pro understands the specialized needs of women and how they want to be served.

How do they get paid?

The way a financial pro gets paid for handling your money varies. If they’re providing a one-time service, like an accountant handling one year of returns, it’s likely a one-time fee. A stockbroker usually works on commission–they take a certain percentage of your earnings. Ask about compensation upfront and be sure you are clear on every detail before you consider them.

Types of professionals

There are about as many stripes of financial professionals, as there are ways to spend your money. Let’s look at some key varieties.

Accountant:

These folks provide individuals and companies advice on tax matters. Reach out for assistance tangling with your returns, maximizing deductions and ensuring you don’t pay more than you have to. Certified Public Accountants are licensed by individual states–it makes sense because no two states have identical tax laws.

Insurance agent:

We’ve talked about the vital types of insurance women should have. The next step: connecting with a pro to determine what types of coverage and plans you need. Call on an agent to determine which policies fit your life situation. They can ensure your coverage isn’t too heavy, or too light, but just right.

Investment adviser:

Want to make your money work for you? Investment advisers connect individuals with securities advice. Registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, they can guide clients toward smart investment opportunities.

Stockbroker:

These pros are licensed by their respective states to buy and sell stocks, bonds, mutual funds and the like. They must be registered with companies with Financial Industry Regulatory Authority membership.

Estate planner:

A simple will usually isn’t enough to dispatch your assets after you’re gone. An estate planner handles the important details you might not know about. These include estate taxes and other issues that need to be dealt with.

 

Your money matters–it’s important to find pros you can trust with your finances.

If you need answers or advice, reach out to Purse Strings–we’d love to talk.

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The Massive Purchasing Power of Women

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The Massive Purchasing Power of Women

Are you aware of the massive purchasing power of women?

Consider these facts:

→Women are responsible for a whopping 85% of consumer purchases.

→In nearly 75% of households, women are the primary shoppers.

→In the US alone, approximately 40% of working women earn more than their partners.

→Women will be in control of two-thirds of all consumer wealth in the US in the next 10 years.

Over 90% of women say they have significant influence on what financial services their family purchases.

You know how valuable referrals are to your business growth – but did you also know that female clients who are happy with your services will make over twice the referrals of male clients? That’s right! Women will make 26 referrals – compared to only 11 referrals made by a typical male customer?

 Women are also more likely to share a post on social media, refer friends and share their experiences with family and acquaintances. Once they feel valued by their financial professional, women are loyal customers.

 Yet despite women being the most powerful market, women report that insurance and financial professionals overlook them as valued consumers.

Here’s the truth:

Women are worth $22 Trillion…and growing. Register here to take part in the only workshop that teaches insurance and financial professionals just like you how to:

→Reach the female market effectively

→Engage them to work with your business

→Earn their hard-earned dollar, for their lifetime, and their family’s lifetime!

 

Download our FREE Guide to Wow the Female Market here. It includes tips you can use right now!

Guide to helping women with finance

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Purse Strings Bridges the Gap to Effectively Reach the Female Market

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Purse Strings Bridges the Gap to Effectively Reach the Female Market

Barbara Provost | Purse Strings

Purse Strings offers a 3-week online training workshop which provides insurance and financial professionals a step-by-step process on how to:

  • reach  the female market
  • engage  them to work with you and your business, and
  • earn  their trust, and their business, over their lifetime and their family’s lifetime.

Expanding access to financial services for women equals big benefits.

We know the power of the female market is $22 Trillion…and growing! A recent study from BNY Mellon and the UN Foundation found that expanding women’s access to financial services could unleash $330 billion in global revenue annually.

According to Heidi DuBois, Global Head of Philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility at BNY Mellon, “Our hope is that financial services providers will design and market more products and services that fuel women’s economic participation, giving investors more options to invest with a gender-lens.”

Dubois also stated that expanding women’s access to financial services and products would boost financial service firms – and the global economy.

Expanding women’s access to financial services could unleash $330 billion in global revenue annually.

Insurance and financial professionals are always looking for ways to increase their sales:

  • What can I do to reach (and retain) the market share more efficiently?
  • How do I better communicate the benefits of financial planning?
  • Where can I learn tips to ‘close the sale’ more effectively?

And, women frequently make statements like:

  • Where can I find someone who understands my financial needs, as a woman?
  • How do I connect with a financial professional who will listen to me?
  • I want advice about my investments, and how to plan for my future, but who can I trust?

There’s an Awkward Gap Between Women and Financial Professionals

Consider the following stats that confirm the power of the female market:

In the US alone,

  • The purchasing power of women ranges from $5 trillion to $15 trillion annually.
  • Women control more than 60% of all personal wealth.
  • Almost 40% of working women are out-earning their husbands.

According to the World Bank, woman comprise 40 percent of the world’s workforce, yet they face a myriad of challenges in access to financial support.

According to the World Bank, woman comprise 40 percent of the world’s workforce, yet they face a myriad of challenges in access to financial support.

Financial institutions are primed to grow by serving the female market.

A few years ago, I was intrigued when I came across a message in my inbox from Esther Dassanou, leader of the Women and Insurance program at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the premier development finance organization and an agency of the World Bank Group.

Esther explained,

“We are interested in creating a selling to women’s training specifically taking into account the particularity of the insurance industry, as well as unconscious biases which would prevent insurance agents from being successful in reaching women customers.

 In searching for the best partners to assist us in creating the training I found your videos on the internet and I would be really interested to have a call with you to further discuss the topic and explore ways to work together.”

 The person who wrote this email was using the words I have been strongly verbalizing for years:  We need to educate financial institutions to focus on the female market.

Determination Creates a Connection

I assumed Esther found me through my new company Purse Strings, which focuses on arming insurance and financial professionals with information and skills on how to reach, engage and earn the female dollar. But it was through outdated videos, created years ago, in my early days of heeding the call for financial institutions to focus on the female market.

And, I am honored to say Esther and I did work together. My consulting company, Provost Consulting, Inc., worked with International Finance Corporation (IFC), an agency of the World Bank Group. Together we created training for insurance and financial agents working in Nigeria, explaining why – and how – to work with women. The World Bank used this training as a model for several other countries.

  The World Bank used this training as a model for several other countries.

Feedback Is Proof Positive 

 “We used the Gender Sensitization (selling to the female market) with our client in Nigeria and will customize it for insurance companies in the Philippines, Ghana, Cameroon.”

 “Overall the training is really well received and feedback has been very good. Following the training we can clearly see an increase in the number of women customers in our client’s portfolio.”

 “We follow Purse Strings closely and feel it can be a model to replicate in other countries i.e. the Philippines.”

Marieme Esther Dassanou

Sector Specialist – Gender Secretariat

Women Must Formulate Their Financial Future

Since that email, I returned to my work on Purse Strings.  I knew it was a vitally important issue, and the World Bank saw the same need to address and solve this problem in under-developed countries.

However, addressing women’s financial needs is not an issue restricted to under-developed countries: Most women in the United States are not prepared for their financial future – for many reasons.

At Purse Strings, we provide free online information and resources to empower women to make smart financial decisions for themselves and their future. We also provide the needed training insurance and financial professionals need to earn the female dollar.

Join us!

I invite you to join our workshop to learn more about what insurance and financial professionals all over the world are finding out: https://pursestrings.co/expert/purse-strings-professional-workshops/.

Women are the most powerful market – learn how to serve them effectively.

We will provide you useful and timely information you can use to be #financiallyfearless