Women start investing earlier than men

The average age of female investors when they start investing is 32, in comparison to age 35 for men, according to a new report.

The average age people start investing is 34, with 13% not beginning to investing until after turning 50, according to new research from Janus Henderson Investment Trusts.

Feeling financially stable and having the necessary financial liquidity were the biggest triggers for starting investing, with 44% of those surveyed saying that was their trigger.

For those above the age of 34, the realisation that the state pension was going to be insufficient for retirement (30%) was the next key trigger. Among younger investors, it was seeing friends/ family investing (34%) that was the second most impactful driver.

The main reason cited for not starting investing earlier was a lack of ‘spare’ money (53%), with a quarter (27%) saying they were too young, and another quarter (26%) saying they did not realise the importance of investing.

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The main goal for investing was to achieve a certain lifestyle in retirement (56%), followed by ensuring they have an emergency pot of money (45%).

For younger investors (age 18-24), getting onto the property ladder was the main goal (36%).

Among those who invested, around 16% of monthly savings was the average amount, with men investing more than women (17% vs 14%).

Opinium Research surveyed 1,008 UK adults that hold investment products on behalf of Janus Henderson Investment Trusts between 11 and 14 January.

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Women start investing earlier than men