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Women Outperform Men Under Stress

Who makes better property investors - women or men?

Up till now, the answer may have depended on who you asked (or what gender they were) but neuroscientists have uncovered evidence suggesting that, when the pressure is on, women bring unique strengths to decision making and make less-risky decisions under high-stress situations. Men-vs-Women

Quoting separate neuroscience studies conducted at the University of Southern California and Duke University,  the New York Times explained:

"Under low stress situations, men and women make decisions about equally well [but] men took more risks when they were stressed.
They became more focused on big wins, even when they were costly and less likely."

In other words, when everything's going smoothly, women and men are even as far as decision-making goes.

However, when things get dicey, men tend to play the long shots while women tend to think things through.

And according to Inc. that's a huge competitive advantage in the business world and, well, pretty much everywhere else, too.

Here's what they say:

"The reason women make better decisions under stress isn't that women are "nicer" or "more collaborative" or any of that crunchy-granola BS. Women Late Night Work

It's because women's brains handle the stress hormone cortisol better than men's brains handle it.

According to the neurobiologist Ruud van den Bos, men under stress experience a huge spike in cortisol, which degrades their decision-making ability.

Every pundit and analyst in the business world has repeatedly pointed out that today's business world is continually getting more stressful.

Women experience a smaller spike, which creates urgency but doesn't impede decision-making.

The more stressful things get, the better that women (on average) will become at making decision than men (on average).

Maybe this is also a good reason to have more women on our property investment team, in our businesses and in government.

We can’t make the big jobs in government or business any less stressful, but we can ensure that when the pressure rises, there’s a better balance between taking big risks and making real progress.


About Kate Forbes is a National Director at Metropole assisting our high net worth clients safely grow, protect and pass on their wealth. She has 25 years of investment experience in financial markets on two continents, is qualified in multiple disciplines, and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
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