Throughout her career, Mary Hastings has observed that in making investment decisions, women are more diligent at understanding where they are putting their money than men.

“Women are much better at learning, and often they will come with a list of questions they want to understand,” says Hastings, a managing director of investments with Wells Fargo in Boston. “They do their homework, whereas men ask, ‘What do you think,’ and then tell you to go ahead, though you know they don’t really understand.”

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