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Walmart Beats Amazon

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Traditional retailer Walmart is coming back big time. And it is beating on-line retailer Amazon in the last three to six months.

On Wall Street that is.

Walmarts shares have gained 6.55% in the last three months and 19.71% over the last six months compared to 2.17% and 15.67% of Amazon.

Company/index

3-month performance*

6-month performance*

Wal-Mart

6.55%

19.71%

Amazon

2.17

15.67

S&P 500

2.59

5.47

*doesnt include dividend payments

Source: Finance.yahoo.com 8/10/2017

Thats a big change from a few months ago, when Amazon was the undisputed winner on Wall Street, both on short-term and long-term basis.

Amazon.com versus Wal-Mart Stores  

Company/index

12-month performance*

Five-year performance*

Wal-Mart

12.71%

27.48%

Amazon

76.67

313.10

S&P 500

16.37

75.89

*It doesnt include dividend payments

Source: Finance.yahoo.com 5/3/2017

John Zolidis, president of Quo Vadis Capital, Inc. attributes Walmarts strong Wall Street performance to investor enthusiasm over its ability to compete effectively against Amazon, and on U.S. grocery inflation, which has helped the performance of traditional retailers, and especially Walmart which relies heavily on grocery sales.

I believe WMT shares have risen as investors are increasingly optimistic that the company can prove to be an effective competitor to AMZN, says Zolidis.  In addition, grocery inflation is a huge positive for WMT reported same-store sales. The company has experienced a significant headwind to reported comps due to deflation over the past two years.  Grocery prices are now turning higher in several categories which should help reported same-store sales at WMT (and other grocers). Grocery is 55% of WMT U.S. sales.  Lastly, retailers have reported better 2Q results, starting with Target which pre-announced comps turning positive and including Kohl’s and Macy’s which reported this morning.  Since WMT had previously been outperforming each of these, it follows that WMT trends likely improved on a sequential basis in the second quarter as well.

Still, investor enthusiasm may be short lived, as grocery inflation is a seasonal rather than cyclical phenomenon. Besides, Walmart has little chance of beating Amazon in on-line space. For a simple reason: it isn’t a technology company. Its a retailer using technology, and thats not good enough to attract software developersthe ultimate source of competitive advantage in the Internet space, as discussed in a previous piece here.

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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now

It is the painful truth Wall Street doesn’t want you to know. All that time you spent researching mutual funds and comparing star ratings in hopes of the finding a Warren Buffett was a waste. You would have been better off watching cat videos and creating memes to cyber shame United Airlines. You could have beaten 90% of mutual fund managers the past 15 years by investing in plain-vanilla index funds like SPDR S&P 500 ETF, Vanguard 500 Index Fund or Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund.

The SPIVA® U.S. Scorecard, issued by S&P Dow Jones Indices today, reveals the vast majority of mutual funds across the board fail to surpass their benchmarks in both the short and long term. Two-thirds of large-cap funds, 89% of mid-cap funds and 86% of small-cap funds lagged their indexes last year.

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Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: AVG Technolo gies N.V.(AVG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Igor Novgorodtsev]

    InterActiveCorp (IACI) bought Ask.com for $1.85 billion in 2005. The new Perion will be worth only about 40% of that. After the merger, Perion will leapfrog its much larger rivals: Babylon and AVG (AVG). Finally, Perion should be able to increase its operating margins as it can spread its SG&A costs over a much larger base (Conduit EBITDA margin is 32% vs. Perion’s 23%). Perion will keep its senior management team intact: Josef Mandelbaum will remain its CEO and Yacov Kaufman its CFO. Perion has successfully orchestrated a roll-up acquisitions of privately-held Sweetpacks and Smilebox, so I have high confidence that they know how to integrate a new business.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Marathon Oil Corporation(MRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) dropped about 1% Thursday to post a new 52-week low of $11.50 after closing Wednesday at $11.61. The 52-week high is $19.28. Volume was about 30% lower than the daily average of about 13.7 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) dropped about 1.6% Friday to post a new 52-week low of $11.41 after closing Thursday at $11.59. The 52-week high is $19.28. Volume was about 30% lower than the daily average of about 13.7 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Marathon Oil (MRO) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after oil tumbled after data pointed to higher inventories of crude.

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    Marathon Oildropped 8.7% to $14.87, while the S&P 500 fell 0.2% to 2,362.98, as Front Month Nymex Crude futures for April delivery slid 5.4% to $50.28., leading some to wonder if the price oil could drop below $50 a barrel.

    It wasn’t just Marathon that got clipped as the eight worst-performing stocks in the S&P 500 came from the energy sector, including Murphy Oil (MUR), which fell 6.7% to $25.87, Devon Energy (DVN), which slid 6.5% to $40.72, and Chesapeake Energy (CHK), which stumbled 6.1% to $4.94. No surprise, then, that the Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) slumped 2.6% to $69.65.

    The oil rout began after the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that U.S. oil inventories rose by 8.2 million barrels to reach $518.4 million, a record level.

    Marathon Oil’s market capitalization fell to $12.6 billion today from $13.8 billion yesterday. It reported a net loss of $2.1 billion on sales of $4.1 billion in 2016.

  • [By Paul Ausick]

    Marathon Oil Corp. (NYSE: MRO) dropped about 1.1% Monday to post a new 52-week low of $11.40 after closing Friday at $11.53. The 52-week high is $19.28. Volume was about 40% lower than the daily average of about 13.7 million shares. The company had no specific news.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer said he tried to buck this trend by investing in EOG Resources (EOG) and Marathon Oil (MRO) but was wrong on both counts. In the case of EOG, even having the best properties wasn’t enough to ward off the collapse in oil prices. Meanwhile, Marathon’s decision to spin off its refining business left it with no cushion to stem its losses.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    The bulking up strategy did not work well for the company over the years, as it saw its market share dwindle and profitability erode. In 1982, in a diversification bid, the company picked up Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE: MRO) and renamed itself as USX.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Monsanto Company(MON)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Monsanto Co.’s (NYSE: MON) latest quarterly earnings report is expected on Wednesday. The consensus analyst estimates are $1.77 in earnings per share (EPS) and $4.17 billion in revenue. Shares closed trading most recently at $117.02, in a 52-week range of $97.35 to $118.15. The consensus price target is $122.66.

  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    BeforeBayer(NASDAQOTH: BAYRY)arrived onto the scene, I viewedMonsanto(NYSE: MON)as an intriguing growth stock. It has a rich history of delivering value to shareholders and continues to hold a dominant technological edge over key competitors in crop protection products, seeds, and traits. While little has changed its promising pipeline and portfolio, the pending acquisition throws a wrench in anyone’s plans to start or add to a position. Uncertainty stemming from the merger provides several terrible reasons to buy Monsanto at this time.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Agri-Input Companies — Seeds/ Fertilizers/Pesticides Manufacturers

    Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON): +68.82 percent since 2011. Syngenta AG (ADR) (NYSE: SYT): +56.26 percent since 2011. Mosaic Co (NYSE: MOS): -63.1 percent since 2011. Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (USA) (NYSE: POT): -67.8 percent since 2011. CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CF): +5.04 percent since 2011. Agrium Inc. (USA) (NYSE: AGU): +1.10 percent since 2011.

    Agri-Finance Companies

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited(HMY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Javier Hasse]

    Harmony Gold Mining Co. (ADR) (NYSE: HMY) rose 2.2 percent on Friday, even though gold prices dropped. However, the stock lost 3.7 percent in after-hours trading, in what also seemed like a correction of the surge seen during the day.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB) shares rose 18.4 percent to $68.65 in pre-market trading as the company reported upbeat results for its first quarter. Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) shares rose 9.5 percent to $111.60 in the pre-market trading session after the company posted better-than-expected earnings for its second quarter. The company also disclosed that it has retained Morgan Stanley to evaluate potential alternatives for Qdoba. Coherus Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: CHRS) rose 9.8 percent to $24.20 in pre-market trading. Coherus BioSciences disclosed that it prevailed in ‘135 IPR decision. Qiwi PLC (NASDAQ: QIWI) rose 8.1 percent to $21.49 in pre-market trading after reporting strong quarterly results. Korea Electric Power Corporation (ADR) (NYSE: KEP) shares rose 7.9 percent to $20.00 in pre-market trading after dropping 4.33 percent on Tuesday Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) shares rose 7.5 percent to $58.60 in pre-market trading after the company reported stronger-than-expected results for its first quarter. AngloGold Ashanti Limited (ADR) (NYSE: AU) rose 4.3 percent to $11.71 in pre-market trading after falling 0.09 percent on Tuesday. Colgate-Palmolive Company (NYSE: CL) rose 4.1 percent to $74.53 in pre-market trading after the NY Post reported that the company might be up for sale for $100 per share. Harmony Gold Mining Co. (ADR) (NYSE: HMY) rose 4 percent to $2.35 in pre-market trading after declining 1.74 percent on Tuesday. Core Laboratories N.V. (NYSE: CLB) rose 3.6 percent to $109.00 in pre-market trading after gaining 0.39 percent on Tuesday. Clovis Oncology Inc (NASDAQ: CLVS) rose 3.2 percent to $51.15 in pre-market trading. JP Morgan upgraded Clovis Oncology from Neutral to Overweight.

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  • [By Lisa Levin]

    On Wednesday, basic materials shares surged by 0.6 percent. Top gainers in the sector included Harmony Gold Mining Co. (ADR) (NYSE: HMY) and Gold Fields Limited (ADR) (NYSE: GFI).

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Thursday, basic materials shares fell by 0.73 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Silver Wheaton Corp. (USA) (NYSE: SLW), down 5 percent, and Harmony Gold Mining Co. (ADR) (NYSE: HMY), down 5 percent.

  • [By Alex McGuire]

    This list ranks gold dividend stocks in the mining sector by dividend yield. And it also includes one of our top gold stock recommendations of 2017…

    Gold Dividend Stock Share Price Year-to-Date Performance Dividend Yield (as of June 30) DRDGOLD Ltd. (NYSE ADR: DRD) $3.19 -39.7% 10.24% Sibanye Gold Ltd. (NYSE ADR: SBGL) $4.70 -33.4% 5.98% Harmony Gold Mining Co. (NYSE ADR: HMY) $1.62 -26.7% 4.56% Gold Fields Limited (NYSE ADR: GFI) $3.41 +13.3% 2.73% Randgold Resources Ltd. (Nasdaq ADR: GOLD) $87.68 +14.9% 1.89% Franco Nevada Corp. (NYSE: FNV) $72.39 +21.1% 1.27% Royal Gold Inc. (Nasdaq: RGLD) $76.85 +21.3% 1.25% Eldorado Gold Corp. (NYSE: EGO) $2.58 -19.9% 1.16% Barrick Gold Corp. (NYSE: ABX) $15.90 -0.5% 0.75% Goldcorp Inc. (NYSE: GG) $13.02 -4.4% 0.62%

    Six of the 10 gold stocks listed above have posted negative returns so far in 2017. The main reason behind their losses has to do with gold price volatility.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    In trading on Friday, basic materials shares tumbled by 1.20 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included McEwen Mining Inc (NYSE: MUX), down 6 percent, and Harmony Gold Mining Co. (ADR) (NYSE: HMY), down 6 percent.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Investment Technology Group, Inc.(ITG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Investment Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: ITG) was downgraded to Market Perform from outperform by KeefeBruyette & Woods.

    Liquidity Services Inc. (NASDAQ: LQDT) was raised to Buy from Underperform, and the price target was raised up to $45 from $28.50, at Merrill Lynch.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: American Airlines Group, Inc.(AAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Oglenski assigned a $105 price target to United Continental, a $33 target to JetBlue, and a $122 target to Alaska Air. And even his equal weights, like America Airlines (AAL) and Southwest Airlines (LUV) have “material upside,” Oglenski says. He expects American to hit $62, and Southwest to hit $65.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    A few years ago, Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) introduced a new class of cheaper “basic economy” fares to help it compete with ultra-low cost carriers on certain routes. Last year, American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL) and United Continental (NYSE:UAL) confirmed that they would introduce their own basic economy fares to stay competitive.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    American Airlines (AAL) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today.

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    The shares climbed $1.61, or 3.8%, to $43.93, compared to the S&P 500, which fell 3.38 points, or 0.14%, to 2353.78.

    Investors cheered American Airlines increased first-quarter unit revenue and margin guidance.

    The airline said it expects first-quarter total revenue per available seat mile to be up between 2% and 4% year over year, compared to previous guidance for a 1.5% to 3.5% increase. It expects adjusted pre-tax margins to be between 4% and 6%, compared to previous guidance of 3% to 5%.

    For the month of March, it said that revenue passenger miles and available seat miles were down.

    Fellow airline United Continental(UAL) also released March metrics today, although it down on the backlash to a video showing apassenger being dragged off a plane.

    Whole Foods Market(WFM)was the best performer in the S&P 500 yesterday.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Shares of American Airlines (AAL) are soaring today after Stifel named the stock to Stifel Select List. But it’s the reason for Stifel’s optimism, more than the addition itself, that is eye catching.

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    See, American Airlines has been under pressure this year–its dropped 11% so far in 2017–on fears that increased capacity would reduce its profitability. The same fears have also dented United Continental Holdings (UAL) and Delta Air Lines (DAL).

    Stifel’s Joseph DeNardi and Matthew Rachal, however, argue that the increased capacity at American Airlines doesn’t matter thanks to a revenue stream that the market has ignored: The revenue from its frequent flier program. They explain why:

    The consensus price target on American, excluding us at $95, of $54 reflects a fundamental misunderstanding of the source of American’s earnings, in our view. Within American is an operating segment that accounts for ~50% of EBIT, is growing revenue at ~10% per year with a 65%-70% operating margin with very low capital requirements and very high barriers to entry. We know it exists. American Airlines knows it exists. But the vast majority of the investment community does not or, at this point, is skeptical that it does. We attribute this to a lack of information supplied by the companies for investors to properly assess the size and profitability of airline loyalty programs. We are confident that this will change in the near-to-mid term as disclosures begin to improve over the next several months followed by the reporting of the business as its own operating segment in 12-18 months.

    How big a deal could this be? DeNardi and Rachal argue that the AAdvantage program could generate about $2.7 billion in 2018, greater than the $2.5 billion in pre-tax earnings implied by the consensus estimate of $3.50 a share in 2018. They call it “an earnings stream immune from incremental capac

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Sanderson Farms Inc.(SAFM)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Peter Graham]

    Midcap poultry processing stock Sanderson Farms, Inc (NASDAQ: SAFM) reported fiscal Q3 earnings before the market opened on Thursday. Net sales were $931.9 million versus $728.0 million and net incomewas $115.8 million versusnet income of $54.7 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2016. The earnings release noted that compared with the third fiscal quarter of 2016, market prices for chickens sold to retail grocery store customers remained relatively flat at levels that reflect a good supply and demand balance. Compared with the third fiscal quarter of 2016, jumbo boneless breast meat prices were higher by approximately 24.8%, the average market price for bulk leg quarters increased approximately 15.9%, and jumbo wing prices were higher by 40.2%. The Company’s average feed cost per pound of poultry products processed decreased 0.32 cents per pound, or 1.3%, compared with the third quarter of fiscal 2016.

  • [By Peter Graham]

    A long term performance chart shows Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation having performed better over the longer term than large cap Tyson Foods, Inc (NYSE: TSN) andsmall cap Sanderson Farms, Inc (NASDAQ: SAFM):

  • [By Peter Graham]

    The Q1 2017 earnings report for small cap poultry processing stock Sanderson Farms, Inc (NASDAQ: SAFM) is scheduled for before the market opens on Thursday (February 23rd) as shares still have elevated short interest of 33.50% according to Highshortinterest.comdue in part to fears over bird flu.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Galapagos NV(GLPG)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By David Zeiler]

    Bill Patalon’s initial stock pick was Galapagos NV (Nasdaq ADR: GLPG), a Belgian biotech company.

    Patalon was attracted to Galapagos’ strategy to target “orphan diseases,” afflictions that strike rarely and so often go ignored by the Big Pharma companies. He also liked that Galapagos had more than 50 drug discovery programs underway, and that it already had licensing agreements with several bigger players in the industry.

  • [By Stephen Mack]

    Galapagos NV (Nasdaq: GLPG) is our big winner so far, gaining 578.8% since Money Morning Executive Editor Bill Patalon shared his recommendation with Money Morning readers in April 2012. The S&P 500 has gained 75.4% in the same time. Bill has renewed his recommendation for the Belgian biotech several times over the years, saying in 2016 that it has “an established history of piling on gains.” With an average gain of 110% a year, it’s hard to argue with that.

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Safe Bulkers Inc(SB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Elizabeth Balboa]

    Meanwhile, Safe Bulkers, Inc. (NYSE: SB) rose $0.73 throughout the 2016, Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHIP) fell $1.69 and Navios Maritime Partners L.P. (NYSE: NMM) dropped $0.93.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    StarBulk Carriers (SBLK) and Safe Bulkers (SB) have more than tripled during the past 12 months, while Golden Ocean Group (GOGL) has more than doubled. So it must be time for an upgrade right?

Top 10 Warren Buffett Stocks To Buy Right Now: Cerner Corporation(CERN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Cerner (CERN) tumbled to the bottom of the S&P 500 today after meetings earnings forecasts but offering below-consensus guidance.

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    Cerner dropped 4.4% to $51.50 today, while the S&P 500 rose 0.4% to 2,316.10.

    SunTrust Robinson Humphrey’s Sandy Draper and team contend that “most of the bad news is already priced in.” They explain:

    Although we expect this news to weigh on the stock…we think the market has remained cautious on CERN shares heading into the 4Q16 print given the uneven execution throughout 2016 and the post-election regulatory uncertainty that has broadly weighed on the HCIT space as a whole. We observe that CERN shares closed about 3% below the level they traded at this time last year, while the S&P was up over 21% in that time. The muted 12-month performance in the stock suggests the market rightly anticipated unattractive year-end results and 2017 guidance, which suggests to us that downside to CERN shares should be limited.

    Cerner’s market capitalization fell to $17.5 billion today from $18.3 billion yesterday.

    Barron’s Vito Racanelli recommended shares of Cerner on March 16, 2016, when the stock traded at $51.46.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Cerner (CERN) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today after thehealth care information technology company reported better-than-expected earnings and revenue.

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    Cernergained 7.8% to $64.75 at 5:03 p.m. today, while the S&P 500 declined 0.2% to 2,384.20.

    Canaccord Genuity’s Richard Close and Brian Hoffman contend Cerner may be “rediscovered its mojo.” They explain:

    We reiterate our BUY rating and raise our PT to $66 (was $59) as the company finally
    appears to have provided quarterly and annual targets that it can meet. Possibly more important, analyst expectations sit near the mid-point of guidance, portending upside potential. The outlook appears solid as the company (1) rebuilds a track record of delivering on expectations, (2) reaffirmed confidence in 2017 bookings growth, and (3) has a strengthened pipeline for ITWorks and revenue cycle. CERN may have rediscovered its mojo.

    Cerner’s market capitalization rose to $21.4 billion today from $19.8 billion yesterday.

Here Are the Two Key Numbers from Apple’s Earnings Report

The Dow touched 22,000 for the first time on Wednesday after a better-than-expected earnings report from Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) on Tuesday afternoon.

Analysts were skeptical about Apple stock due to the company’s anticipated release of the iPhone 8. Rumors had circulated about production delays, and many expected weak sales for existing iPhones as customers waited for the new model.

The report brushed those concerns aside. Apple’s revenue was up 7% from the same quarter last year, and net income was up 11.5%.

But those aren’t the numbers Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald is focusing on. Keith joined CNBC World’s “The Rundown” to tell us his big takeaways from Apple’s report:

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Protect Against Social Security Fraud With an Online Account

The Social Security Administration is adding an extra layer of protection to online accounts.

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Anyone signing in to an online Social Security account, or signing up for the first time, must provide either a cell-phone number or an e-mail address to receive a unique, one-time code by text or e-mail. The Social Security Administration rolled out a similar two-step process in 2016, but it restricted the extra layer of protection to text message only.

Its smart to set up an online account even if youre years from retirement. Once youve done so, identity thieves will be unable to create a fraudulent account in your name and use it to apply for benefits. In addition, you can check your earnings history against your W-2 forms or tax returns to make sure there are no gaps in your earnings record that could reduce your Social Security benefits. You can also look up estimated retirement, disability and survivor benefits and, in certain cases, request a replacement Social Security card. To set up an account, go to www.ssa.gov/myaccount. Youll need to enter some personal details, answer questions to confirm your identity, and choose a unique username and a complex password.

See Also: 10 Financial Decisions You Will Regret in Retirement

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Why women are poised to make a terrible mistake when it comes to their money

Women are not necessarily well-prepared to manage the money coming towards them in the future.

Only 18% of retirement-age women passed a financial literacy quiz on making a nest egg last through retirement, compared with twice as many men who passed. The quiz was distributed by the American College of Financial Services, and found women had most difficulty in understanding annuity products, followed by company retirement plans and investment considerations. They did, however, know more than men about paying for long-term care expenses and equally understood Medicare insurance planning.

Women dont like talking about financial matters, said Leslie Thompson, managing principal at Spectrum Management Group in Indianapolis, Ind. I think women wish they knew more but theyre not asking the right questions and are intimidated regarding the whole process.

See: How women can save more money for retirement

Another problem: Women overestimated their financial smarts.

Though their scores werent high, their confidence on the matter was, the quiz shows. A third of women said they were extremely knowledgeable about retirement income planning, compared with 44% of men, and majority of women said they were extremely confident theyd have enough money to last them comfortably through retirement. (Only 24% of the extremely confident women passed the quiz.)

Not all women are happy about their money management, at least with their current assets 14% of women in a Transamerica Retirement survey of more than 4,000 workers said they felt theyve fully recovered from the Great Recession (compared with 25% of men), Theyre also not saving as much 83% of women in research from Aon Hewitt showed theyre not saving as much as they need for retirement, compared with 74% of men possibly because they didnt have the chance in their younger years. This could be a problem, considering women are about to control a massive amount of wealth $22 trillion by 2020, to be exact.

See also: Retirement checklist for women 7 simple tips to get you started

Women in need of catching up can do a few things, such as learning the basics of retirement assets, beginning to fund retirement accounts and talking with family members and significant others about important documents and financial information in the event of an emergency or death. They should also think about their goals (when theyd like to retire, and where). understanding potential expenses in retirement and creating a spending plan to stay in line with their goals. When theyre meeting with a financial adviser, especially if theyre with their spouse, they should engage more, Thompson said. They shouldnt be afraid to ask questions, she said.