New York Stock Exchange: many studies confirm that stock markets are not the preserve of hard-headed financial types. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Are you investing in stock markets to boost your finances or because you are looking for a little excitement? Or is a bit of both, perhaps? The inves(...)

A female trader signals an offer in the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index options pit at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. A 2005 Merrill Lynch study found women were less interested and knowledgeable on investing than men. However, they made fewer mistakes, and were less likely to repeat those they did make. photograph: scott olson/getty image

When it comes to investing, the cliché that men are from Mars and women are from Venus has more than a little truth in it. Despite (or perhaps because(...)