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Women in investing

Find out how many women in the UK invest and how many manage investment funds.

When we looked at “ethical” investment funds on a major investing platform versus funds that weren’t specifically ethical, we found that there is at least one woman in a management role at 23% of “ethical” funds, compared to just 12% of regular funds. Read on for more statistics about women in investing.

Quick overview

  • Of the 253 fund managers in the sample looked at by Finder, there were more men called Richard, David, Nick or James than there were women.
  • Around 4 in 10 women (39%) said they had money currently invested in some way (either a share, fund, ETF or private pension). This is compared to around 6 in 10 men (59%).
  • 79% of women aged 18-24 and 60% of women aged 25-34 said they currently hold at least one investment.
  • 35% of women aged 45-54 and 26% of women aged over 55 said they currently hold at least one investment.

Women in investing

Investing habits by gender

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Our survey found there to be a significantly lower proportion of female retailer investors than men. Around 4 in 10 women (39%) said they had money currently invested in some way (either a share, fund, ETF or private pension), compared to around 6 in 10 men (59%).

Men Women
Total who have investments 59% 39%

Investing habits by age

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Investing is proving much more popular with younger generations of women than their older counterparts. While around a quarter (26%) of those aged over 55 and 35% of those aged 45-54 said that they currently hold at least one investment, this figure rises to 60% for those aged 25-34. For those aged 18-24, the total proportion that invests is almost 4 in 5 (79%).

18-24 25-34 35-44 45-54 55+
Women 79% 60% 49% 35% 26%
Men 80% 70% 64% 54% 42%

Women in ethical funds

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Ethical funds management

We looked at all the funds that were clearly identifiable as “ethical” (109) on a major investing platform and compared them with 103 funds that weren’t specifically ethical. From our research, we discovered that the proportion of women holding management positions in ethical funds is 97% higher than it is at “regular” funds. There is at least one woman in a management role at 23% of “ethical” funds, compared to just 12% of regular funds.

While this is positive news, there needs to be more senior female representation at all funds. Of the 253 fund managers in the sample looked at by Finder, there were more men called Richard, David, Nick or James than there were women. Click through our visualisation below to see a graphic representation of management at investment funds.

Fund Fund focus Gender One or more of fund managers are female?
Aegon Ethical Cautious Managed Mixed Asset F Y
Aegon Ethical Equity Equity F Y
ASI Europe ex UK Ethical Equity Equity F Y
ASI UK Ethical Equity Equity F Y
ASI UK Ethical Equity Equity F Y
ASI UK Impact Employment Opportunities Equity Equity F Y
ASI UK Impact Employment Opportunities Equity Equity F Y
ASI UK Responsible Equity Equity F Y
ASI UK Responsible Equity Equity F Y
ASI UK Responsible Equity Equity F Y
BlackRock ESG Strategic Growth Mixed Asset F Y
BMO Responsible UK Equity Equity F Y
BMO Responsible UK Income Equity F Y
BNY Mellon Sustainable Global Equity Equity F Y
BNY Mellon Sustainable Global Equity Income Equity F Y
Close Sustainable Balanced Portfolio Mixed Asset F Y
EdenTree Responsible and Sustainable UK Equity Equity F Y
Fidelity Sustainable European Equity Equity F Y
Halifax Ethical Equity F Y
Jupiter Global Sustainable Equities Equity F Y
M&G Global High Yield ESG Bond Fixed Interest F Y
M&G Positive Impact Equity F Y
M&G Sustainable Multi Asset Mixed Asset F Y
Quilter Investors Ethical Equity Equity F Y
Rathbone Ethical Bond Fund Fixed Interest F Y
SJP Sustainable & Responsible Equity Equity F Y
Threadneedle UK Sustainable Equity Equity F Y
Trojan Ethical Mixed Asset F Y
Verus Sustainable Balanced Mixed Asset F Y
Aegon Ethical Cautious Managed Mixed Asset M Y
Aegon Ethical Corporate Bond Fixed Interest M N
Aegon Ethical Corporate Bond Fixed Interest M N
Ardevora Global Long Only Equity SRI Equity M N
Ardevora Responsible Growth Equity M N
ASI Ethical Corporate Bond Fixed Interest M N
ASI Europe ex UK Ethical Equity Equity M Y
Aviva Inv Sustainable Income & Growth Mixed Asset M N
AXA Ethical Distribution Mixed Asset M N
AXA Ethical Distribution Mixed Asset M N
Baillie Gifford Responsible Global Equity Income Equity M N
Baillie Gifford Responsible Global Equity Income Equity M N
BlackRock ACS World ESG Equity Tracker Equity M N
BlackRock ACS World Multifactor ESG Equity Tracker Equity M N
BlackRock Charities UK Equity ESG Equity M N
BlackRock Charities UK Equity ESG Equity M N
BlackRock ESG Strategic Growth Mixed Asset M Y
BMO Responsible Global Equity Equity M N
BMO Responsible Global Equity Equity M N
BMO Sustainable Opportunities Global Equity Equity M N
BMO Sustainable Opportunities Global Equity Equity M N
BMO Sustainable Universal MAP Balanced Mixed Asset M N
BMO Sustainable Universal MAP Balanced Mixed Asset M N
BMO Sustainable Universal MAP Cautious Mixed Asset M N
BMO Sustainable Universal MAP Cautious Mixed Asset M N
BMO Sustainable Universal MAP Growth Mixed Asset M N
BMO Sustainable Universal MAP Growth Mixed Asset M N
BNY Mellon Sustainable Global Dynamic Bond Equity M N
BNY Mellon Sustainable Global Dynamic Bond Fixed Interest M N
BNY Mellon Sustainable Global Equity Income Equity M Y
BNY Mellon Sustainable Global Equity Income Equity M Y
BNY Mellon Sustainable Global Equity Income Equity M Y
BNY Mellon Sustainable Real Return Mixed Asset M N
BNY Mellon Sustainable Real Return Mixed Asset M N
BNY Mellon Sustainable Sterling Bond Fixed Interest M N
CFP Castlefield B.E.S.T Sustainable European Equity M N
CFP Castlefield B.E.S.T Sustainable Income Equity M N
CFP Castlefield B.E.S.T Sustainable UK Opportunities Equity M N
CFP Castlefield B.E.S.T Sustainable UK Smaller Companies Equity M N
CFP Castlefield Real Return Mixed Asset M N
Close Sustainable Balanced Portfolio Mixed Asset M Y
Close Sustainable Bond Portfolio Fixed Interest M N
Close Sustainable Bond Portfolio Fixed Interest M N
denTree Responsible and Sustainable Sterling Bond Fixed Interest M N
EdenTree Investment Funds Amity Global Equity for Charities Equity M N
EdenTree Responsible and Sustainable European Equity Equity M N
EdenTree Responsible and Sustainable European Equity Equity M N
EdenTree Responsible and Sustainable Global Equity Equity M N
EdenTree Responsible and Sustainable Global Equity Equity M N
EdenTree Responsible and Sustainable Short Dated Bond Fixed Interest M N
EdenTree Responsible and Sustainable UK Equity Equity M Y
EdenTree Responsible and Sustainable UK Equity Opportunities Equity M N
EdenTree Responsible and Sustainable UK Equity Opportunities Equity M N
ES AllianceBernstein Sustainable US Equity Equity M N
Fidelity Sustainable European Equity Equity M Y
FP WHEB Sustainability Equity M N
FP WHEB Sustainability Equity M N
Halifax Ethical Equity M Y
Halifax Ethical Equity M Y
HSBC Global Sustainable Multi-Asset Balanced Portfolio Mixed Asset M N
HSBC Global Sustainable Multi-Asset Conservative Portfolio Mixed Asset M N
Janus Henderson Global Sustainable Equity Equity M N
Janus Henderson Global Sustainable Equity Equity M N
Janus Henderson Inst Global Responsible Managed Mixed Asset M N
Janus Henderson UK Responsible Income Equity M N
JPM Emerging Markets Sustainable Equity Equity M N
JPM Emerging Markets Sustainable Equity Fund Equity M N
Jupiter Responsible Income Equity M N
Liontrust Sustainable Future Cautious Managed Mixed Asset M N
Liontrust Sustainable Future Cautious Managed Mixed Asset M N
Liontrust Sustainable Future Corporate Bond Fixed Interest M N
Liontrust Sustainable Future Corporate Bond Fixed Interest M N
Liontrust Sustainable Future Corporate Bond Fixed Interest M N
Liontrust Sustainable Future Defensive Managed Mixed Asset M N
Liontrust Sustainable Future Defensive Managed Mixed Asset M N
Liontrust Sustainable Future European Growth Equity M N
Liontrust Sustainable Future European Growth Equity M N
Liontrust Sustainable Future Global Growth Equity M N
Liontrust Sustainable Future Global Growth Equity M N
Liontrust Sustainable Future Global Growth Equity M N
Liontrust Sustainable Future Managed Mixed Asset M N
Liontrust Sustainable Future Managed Mixed Asset M N
Liontrust Sustainable Future Managed Growth Equity M N
Liontrust Sustainable Future Managed Growth Equity M N
Liontrust Sustainable Future Managed Growth Equity M N
Liontrust Sustainable Future UK Growth Equity M N
Liontrust Sustainable Future UK Growth Equity M N
Liontrust UK Ethical Equity M N
Liontrust UK Ethical Equity M N
M&G Global High Yield ESG Bond Fixed Interest M Y
M&G Global High Yield ESG Bond Fixed Interest M Y
M&G Positive Impact Equity M Y
M&G Sustainable Multi Asset Mixed Asset M Y
Newton SRI for Charities Mixed Asset M N
Newton Sustainable Growth & Income for Charities Mixed Asset M N
Ninety One UK Sustainable Equity Equity M N
Premier Miton Ethical Equity M N
Premier Miton Ethical Equity M N
Premier Miton Global Sustainable Growth Equity M N
Premier Miton Global Sustainable Optimum Income Equity M N
Premier Miton Global Sustainable Optimum Income Equity M N
Rathbone Ethical Bond Fund Fixed Interest M Y
Rathbone Global Sustainability Fund Equity M N
Royal London Ethical Bond Fixed Interest M N
Royal London Sustainable Diversified Trust Mixed Asset M N
Royal London Sustainable Leaders Trust Equity M N
Royal London Sustainable Managed Growth Trust Mixed Asset M N
Royal London Sustainable Managed Income Trust Fixed Interest M N
Royal London Sustainable World Trust Mixed Asset M N
Sarasin Responsible Global Equity Equity M N
Sarasin Responsible Global Equity Equity M N
Sarasin Responsible Global Equity Equity M N
Scottish Widows Ethical Equity M N
SJP Sustainable & Responsible Equity Equity M Y
Stewart Investors Asia Pacific Leaders Sustainability Equity M N
Stewart Investors Asia Pacific Leaders Sustainability Equity M N
Stewart Investors Asia Pacific Sustainab. Equity M N
Stewart Investors Asia Pacific Sustainab. Equity M N
Stewart Investors Asia Pcfic and Japan Sustblty Equity M N
Stewart Investors Global Emerging Markets Sustainability Equity M N
Stewart Investors Global Emerging Markets Sustainability Equity M N
Stewart Investors Indian Subcontinent Sustainability Equity M N
Stewart Investors Indian Subcontinent Sustainability Equity M N
Stewart Investors Worldw. Lead. Sust. Equity M N
Stewart Investors Worldw. Lead. Sust. Equity M N
Stewart Investors Worldwide Sustainab. Equity M N
Stewart Investors Worldwide Sustainab. Equity M N
SVM All Europe SRI Equity M N
SVM All Europe SRI Equity M N
Trojan Ethical Income Equity M N
Unicorn UK Ethical Income Equity M N
Unicorn UK Ethical Income Equity M N

Methodology

Finder analysts looked at 212 funds listed on the Hargreaves Lansdown platform to find the number of female fund managers.

Finder commissioned Censuswide on 16-18 February to carry out a nationally representative survey of adults aged 18+. A total of 2,000 people were questioned throughout Great Britain, with representative quotas for gender, age and region.

This article offers general information about investing and the stock market, but should not be construed as personal investment advice. It has been provided without consideration of your personal circumstances or objectives. It should not be interpreted as an inducement, invitation or recommendation relating to any of the products listed or referred to. The value of investments can fall as well as rise, and you may get back less than you invested, so your capital is at risk. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you're not sure which investments are right for you, please get financial advice. The author holds no positions in any share mentioned.

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