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In the world of finance, which has a long-held reputation as an "old boys' club," the gender divide between men and women has been narrowing, although there's still plenty of room for improvement. In fact, a 2017 World Economic Forum report estimates it will take another 100 years to close the overall global gender gap.
The following article first appeared on RBC Direct Investing’s Inspired Investor content hub on March 5, 2019.

Still, women are generating and managing more wealth than ever before, according to a survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit together with RBC Wealth Management. The report, released in 2018, found that 72 per cent of Millennial women are their household’s primary decision maker for financial planning. That’s an encouraging figure given that women around the world are expected to control US$72 trillion of private wealth by 2020, according to Boston Consulting Group, which is up from US$51 trillion in 2015.

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2019, we’re proud to highlight three women investors who are charting their financial futures. Milene, Carrie and MyAn share their stories on gaining the confidence to invest for themselves, how they make their investing decisions and what it takes to stay in control.

Happy #IWD2019!


Milene shares her views on confidence, control and why family plays into her investing decisions.

Carrie shares what it felt like to make her first trade and why she’s a self-directed investor.

MyAn shares investing lessons from her mom and how she stays level-headed when making decisions.