Women are becoming more active as investors in mutual funds and stocks, a recent survey shows.

Twenty-two percent of households led by women owned retail stock or mutual funds last year, compared with 16% in 1996 and 12% in 1994, according to a survey by SRI Consulting of Princeton, N.J. Thirteen percent owned publicly traded stock, up from 10% in 1996 and 7% in 1994.

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