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Although women face higher health care expenses and a greater risk for long term care, they may be less prepared for the economic realities of retirement, according to a new study.

The 2011 Retirement Confidence Study from the non-profit Employee Benefits Research Institute found that women are less confident than men when it comes to retirement planning. While 27 percent of men believe they are doing a good job preparing financially for retirement, just 18 percent of women say the same. Additionally, men are less concerned about having enough money to take care of basic expenses during retirement (32 percent of men versus 24 percent of women). 

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