Mon, Oct 04, 2004 - Page 10 News List

How women dream of getting rich quick

By Jackie Lin  /  STAFF REPORTER

Have you ever, especially if you're female, wondered how to make a quick fortune?

Around 70 percent of women between 25 years and 45 years of age acknowledge that the best way to collect their own wealth is through hard work, although 30 percent still have a pipe dream of hitting the jackpot, according to a survey released last week.

The survey, conducted by the local branch of leading Swiss insurance company Winterthur Life, showed that one third of the 958 respondents said they fancy becoming millionaires by winning the lotto.

This is followed by the more realistic approach of making investments (21 percent) and another fancy dream of marrying into a rich and powerful family (19 percent).

But, back in real life, 37 percent of the respondents said they believe enhancing their personal financing skills can best help them make a fortune, and 30 percent think starting their own business can lead to affluence.

"Women in the 25 years to 45 years age bracket, compared with their male counterparts, generally have a better understanding of how to use their savings to make investments as they would be driven by their maternal love to take into account their kids' and family's needs," said Stanley Yu (于弘元), chief agency officer of Winterthur Life Taiwan.

He suggested that people turn to safe and sure investments.

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