Although some aspect of the economy are on the mend, the White House is nevertheless predicting that unemployment will remain at or above 9% until 2012. With unemployment now at 9.0%, all Americans — those working and those seeking jobs — should be safeguarding their finances and preparing for “what if” scenarios.
When considering a “what if” scenario, evaluate what could go wrong in your life. Could your health decline? Could your investments go south? Could you go through a divorce? Running a few “what if” scenarios in your head (or on paper) isn’t meant to turn you into a Negative Nellie. Instead, it’s simply a way for you to better plan for unexpected events that can happen to anyone.
Amid periods of high unemployment, the most pressing “what if” scenario you should think about is: “What if I lose my job or suffer a big reduction in income?” The loss of income can be emotionally and financially trying for anyone. I know, I’ve been through a downsizing — and it wasn’t particularly pleasant. So even if you think your job is relatively secure, it wouldn’t hurt to take some precautionary measures that will shore up your personal finances and reduce your stress in the event of an unforeseen layoff.
Here are some steps you can take amid periods of high employment:
2. Increase your savings:
Check out AmericaSaves.org for savings tips if you’re constantly struggling to stash more cash.
3. Pay off excessive or high-rate debt:
For ideas on becoming debt free, see my book Zero Debt: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom.
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