Nancy Tengler, Special to USA TODAY
When my son and daughter were in grade school, I turned every shopping trip into an exercise in investment research. Mostly these outings were successful in building their understanding of economics and investing. Sometimes, though, my children would shrink in embarrassment as Mom lectured a poor, hapless employee on the merits of customer service. (Do-over, please!)
Still, those trips resonated with them, and as adults, they manage their investments with the same awareness and insight as many professionals.
These teaching moments with my children showed me something that research confirms: Women have financial knowledge to pass on because we are hard-wired with the traits that make excellent investors. It’s a shame most of us express a lack of confidence in money matters.