SYDNEY (BLOOMBERG) – The male-dominated finance industry is missing out on more than US$700 billion (S$952.8 billion) a year in revenue by failing to listen to or tailor products for women, according to management consultancy Oliver Wyman.
"Women are arguably the single largest under-served group of customers in financial services," Jessica Clempner, the report's lead author, said in a statement on Tuesday (Nov 12). "Firms are leaving money on the table by not listening to and understanding their women customers."
Many products that appear gender-neutral actually default to men's needs, with wealth products in particular not consistently designed for women's financial lives, the report said.
For example, if insurers sold life policies to women at the same rate as to men, they could generate US$500 million in new premiums, Oliver Wyman estimated. Women also tend to hold more of their assets in cash rather than stocks and bonds, costing wealth and asset managers a potential US$25 billion in fees.
Apple Inc and Goldman Sachs Group were recently caught up in the growing debate about whether lenders unintentionally discriminate when they use algorithms to determine how Americans borrow money, after a viral tweet from a tech entrepreneur alleged gender discrimination in the new Apple Card.