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Women Tend to Manage Debt Better Than Men, Study Shows

David Andrew 5/11/18

When it comes to managing debt, women appear to have the edge over men.

In a recent study, the credit reports of 750,000 men and women across the United States were examined. This research showed women were slightly better at managing debt than men.

On average, women had slightly better credit scores. The average credit score for women was 675, while the average score for men was 674.

Men also carried on average 4.3 percent more debt than women. The average man had $26,227 in debt compared to $25,095 for women.

“Men carried on average 4.3

percent more debt than women.”

This total represented outstanding credit card debt and loans, but it did not include mortgages. The average mortgage debt held by men was $187,245 compared to $178,140 for women.

What makes the slight edge for women more impressive is they had a better handle on debt while also earning significantly less. Women in the study earned on average 23 percent less than men in the study.

This breaks the stereotype that women are big spenders who can’t be trusted with a credit card. In fact, they seem more trustworthy than men, according to this data.

Money management expert Liz Weston was pleased with the results of this study, as they show the stereotype that women are bad with money simply isn’t true.

In Weston’s opinion, women are no better or worse than men in terms of saving and credit management.

Source: cnbc.com. Photo source: kaiserquotes.com.

About David Andrew
David Andrew is a former New York Life financial adviser, holding Series 6 and Certified Financial Planner credentials from his years with the company. He also holds degrees in economics and finance from McGill University. David is now a well-published finance writer with special expertise in credit cards and auto insurance. In addition to his work on BadCredit.org, his articles have been featured on eHow, Zacks.com, TheNest.com, Chron.com and other popular sites. When he's not keeping up with the latest news in the world of finance, David enjoys playing tennis and golf.
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