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Recession... yes or no?

by Ethan Wilson 2 months ago in personal finance
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Unfortunately, it looks like another recession in 2022 is almost inevitable

Recession... yes or no?
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Inflation is at a 40-year high. Rates of interest are rising. Additionally, a gallon of gas now costs a scary $5.

Investors are being taken on a terrible roller-coaster ride by the stock market. Even if you haven't looked recently, you are aware that your retirement account's value is declining. Unsurprisingly, cryptocurrency prices are falling.

Look, most experts think we're either in a recession already or will be in one very soon. That's just something we can't change.

But we can get ready.

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How can you get yourself ready to be financially secure in such a situation? What steps should you take to prepare your personal finances for a recession?

Don't be afraid of a bear market. You may not even know what a bear market is but you’re primed to be petrified of one. If you're a longer-term investor, just adjust your perspective a little and see this as an opportunity.

Pay attention to businesses that have healthy balance sheets, solid cash flow, and goods that people need. Consumer staples and health care businesses have frequently prospered during economic downturns because consumers still need their products.

Avoid attempting to time the market. Many people might wish to stop investing in the stock market or cut back until conditions improve. That is what it is to attempt to time the market. It's impossible to predict when it's best to exit a situation and when it's best to return.

Trying to predict the market bottom at this time would be the worst thing an investor could do.

Obliterate your credit card debt. Now. According to Matt Schulz, chief credit analyst at LendingTree, "everyone with a credit card should pay off their bills as quickly as feasible." "It's even more crucial when a recession may be approaching and interest rates are rising quickly.

Taking for a low-interest personal loan or applying for a credit card with a balance transfer are two options for dealing with the debt. Transferring high-interest debt to a credit card with a 0% APR will help you get out of debt much more quickly.

Stockpile savings. Because a recession can swiftly alter your situation, save while you have the extra cash.

If you don't have a sizable emergency reserve, you might want to postpone an unnecessary pricey renovation project or cancel a trip.

Additionally, keep in mind that the conventional wisdom of keeping three to six months' worth of living expenses on hand may not be sufficient.

Younger workers might have more lifestyle flexibility, allowing them to take on one or more roommates or change careers to take advantage of new job prospects. In order for their emergency reserves to be closer to the recommended three to six months' worth of living expenses

Establish a backup to your emergency fund. In addition to establishing a rainy-day fund for the recession, Benz advises researching potential sources of additional funds in case you suddenly required them.

Bonds can be a powerful component of your retirement strategy; don't undervalue them. Bonds typically offset your stock holdings when stocks are down. However, bond prices have also been impacted.

However, compared to almost every other market area, bonds have fared better during earlier recessions.

Get a side gig. Even if you aren't in immediate need of cash, now may be a good time to start looking for a second job or work in the gig economy to increase your earnings and savings. The moment has come to plan for the worst while holding out for the best.

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