Trading is no longer a male-only club. Women now represent 19% of online traders worldwide, and they’re also more successful at it than their male counterparts. This stems from an international report assessing the habits and demographic data of more than 500,000 traders. It was published by BrokerNotes, the online trading comparison site.

What’s caused the shift
The shift has been driven by the democratisation of trading as a result of the internet. This has paved the way for women to enter an industry that’s historically been dominated by men. But it’s not only that female trader numbers are increasing. They’re also better at it.

Women are depositing less than men in their online trading accounts (on average $424 less) and are making fewer, more calculated trades. Men, on the other hand, make more trades and are much more likely to be reactionary to changes in the market, which is proven to have a negative impact on overall return on investment. This type of trading costs men money – the average income of a female online trader being £35,743 compared to the average male income of £32,525.

The female crypto boom
The crypto boom has had a big role to play in fuelling the surge of female traders. Last year, there were 9.6 million total online traders worldwide. In 2018, it’s now 13.9 million, with 2.7 million of them being female. Interestingly, 59% of women choose to trade crypto over traditional assets like forex.

Although both genders are trading Bitcoin, women only represent 10% of total Bitcoin traders. This points to the fact that women are looking to altcoins when investing in crypto with females accounting for 18% of Dash traders and Ripple also attracting a higher percentage of female traders.

Other data points

  • Highest percentage of female traders in the UK are in Herefordshire (21%).
  • 42% of women describe themselves as experienced traders.
  • 16.23% of female traders earn more than £50k/year compared to only 10.93% of male traders.

Marcus Taylor, CEO at BrokerNotes, commented: “When people think of trading, they think of testosterone-fuelled ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ characters. The reality is there’s no place for stereotypes in an online world. By offering anyone the tools to research and develop trading strategies, the internet has opened up trading to the masses. With more women demonstrating a flair for trading, it points towards a transformation that’s also moving towards gender equality.”