He Invests, She Invests: Who Gets the Better Returns?

He's a hyperactive stock jockey. She's a timid bond investor. Want to fight about it?

If you and your spouse often tussle over how to invest the family nest egg, there's a good reason: It seems men and women have fundamentally different investment styles.

While both men and women would benefit from a good investment education, it's especially important for women. "Women need to take more risk," says Deena Katz, a financial-planning professor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. "Getting an education is the key. Women will take more risk once they're comfortable." To improve your financial savvy, consider enrolling in an investment course at your local college, check out the books in the accompanying chart, and regularly read personal-finance magazines and the newspaper business section.

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