Investment Planning for an Uncertain World
Chances are good that if you turn on the prime time news on any given day or pull up your favorite newspaper on your iPad one of the top stories will relate to emerging risks around the world. Whether it’s strife in the Middle East, tensions with Russia, or the ever-shifting balance of power between global powers, this much seems obvious: we live in a time of both unprecedented global complexity and the technological capability to watch events unfold in real time.
When it comes to admitting that women are better at certain things, men have a difficult time conceding any degree of supremacy. One of the more contentious debates in the gender stakes is over which is the better driver – the male or female of the species. Of course, as with any contest of proficiency, establishing superiority is contingent on what exactly is being measured. While, men will invariably point to their superior parallel parking skills, the case for women is bolstered by insurance statistics that clearly show men are more likely to crash their cars. Men may be able to boast of their superior skills, but, according to the insurance companies, women are safer drivers, which by their measure, means they are better drivers.
Of course, much of this can be explained by the volumes of studies on gender behavior. Women are naturally predisposed to avoid risk where they can; women are better able to keep their egos in check so driving is not a competition to them; in times of stress, women are better able to exercise self-control and discipline; and women generally take the long view on matters of life, which means they’re not in as much of a hurry.
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