• FWX March qtr  -1.6% (72.2pts)
  • FWX y-o-y change  0.9% (72.2pts)
  • Total timeframe to Gender Equality  59
  • Timeframe to Equality on Employment  28 years
  • Timeframe to Equality on Underemployment  15.5 years
  • Timeframe to Equality on Gender Pay Gap  22 years
  • Timeframe to Equality on Unpaid Work  59 years
  • Timeframe to Equality for Women On Boards  6.5 years
  • Timeframe to Equality on Superannuation  19 years
  • Gender Pay Gap 2021  13.9%
  • Gender Pay Gap sub-index 2021  (86pts)
  • Employment sub-index 2021  1.2pts (72pts)
  • Superannuation sub-index  5.4pts (74.6pts)
  • Gender Gap Superannuation  25%
  • Underemployment Rate sub-index  -8.1pts (74.6pts)
  • Education sub-index  92pts
  • ASX 200 Women On Boards sub-index  69pts
  • ASX 200 Women On Boards  34.5%
  • Unpaid Work sub-index  67pts

Why are women giving up financial control to husbands?

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May 30, 2018

More Australian women are working full-time and earning more money than ever before, but it bugs me to stumble upon data which shows that many are handing over financial control to their partners.

New research by global investment bank UBS found that 56 per cent of married women leave investment and long-term financial planning decisions to their husbands, and 85 per cent of women who do this, believe their spouses know more about financial matters than them.

I know a lot of women who do this because they figure the man in their lives has a better financial mind, or business smarts.

This may certainly be the case, but what you don’t want to do is completely disengage with your family financials as this can affect your financial independence and confidence with money.

This becomes a real issue should divorce, separation or death of a partner occur. Not to mention financial abuse.

I’ve seen many cases where some women don’t even know how many bank accounts or credit cards are held by themselves or partners, and once trouble strikes, the whole situation becomes messy.

Research by St George Bank found that a lack of financial transparency between partners can lead to money secrets.

Such financial infidelity includes having a secret bank account (24 per cent), a large debt (22 per cent), hiding an expensive purchase (21 per cent) and having a credit card their partner does not know about (16 per cent).

Disengagement from your household financials won’t help you get better educated either. This could in turn keep you pegged in a place of informational disadvantage when it comes to things like understanding asset ownership, tax, superannuation and just budgeting.

While this 56 per cent figure cited in the UBS report may be less than it would have been in the 1950s, what’s more concerning is that millennial women are part of this trend.

The report, as published by CNN, also found that young women are more likely to hand over financial control and leave investment decisions to their husbands than any other age group.

The findings, which stem from surveys of nearly 1,700 married couples, including heterosexual and same-sex couples, come as an increasing number of Australian women are earning more.

Women reported being the main breadwinner in 39.5 per cent of Australian households according to new Roy Morgan data commissioned by the National Australia Bank (NAB) in 2014. This is data still referred to today and is yet to be resampled.

This is up 10.7 per cent since 2008, when 28.8 per cent of women identified themselves as the main household income earner.

The research looked at women who were married or in a de facto relationship and reported being the main income earner in their household.

More recent data released by MLC found that more than half of Australian women feel in control of their finances, but many are concerned about their savings and are missing out on valuable opportunities to boost their superannuation.

The all-female study revealed just 57 per cent of women across the country feel in control of their financial situation and have confidence they will be able to retire comfortably.

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