Women make you richer

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If the company in which you hold stock has at least one woman on the board of directors, your stock is likely to outperform those of companies that have all-male boards, according to an August 2012 study by Credit Suisse Research Institute (CSRI).

The study, which looked at 2,360 public companies around the world, found that the stocks of companies that have at least one female director outperformed the stock of companies that have male-only boardrooms by 17 percent to 26 percent between 2005 and 2011.

A board that includes a woman brings better leadership skills to a company, better corporate governance and better risk aversion, according to the study.

CSRI also found that companies that sell to or serve consumers directly, such as apparel, food and restaurant businesses, are more likely to have women on their corporate boards.