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The unmerry widow

Women typically marry older men and live for longer. Are widows destined to be poor and lonely?

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The unmerry widow

Women typically marry older men and live for longer. Are widows destined to be poor and lonely?

International Widows’ Day

Ahead of the International Widows’ Day (June 23rd), Allianz has released a study describing the financial bind many women face when getting married. According to the report, “The Younger Wife’s Curse”, women are on average younger than their husbands and outlive them. In the past, these extra years were more of a curse than a blessing as many women spent them in old-age poverty.