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The uncertainty of the current pandemic could impact your life and your financial security. In order to keep your finances in order, it’s important to have a focused plan. Here are seven strategies to help you manage your finances effectively in the crisis.
1. Create a new budget
In order to help navigate the current crisis, you could reevaluate your budget to ensure you aren’t spending beyond your means. If your balance comes out negative, you could consider cutting back on your expenses or make adjustments. Once you have a budget in the black, you may want to review it periodically. Your financial situation can change, especially in these unpredictable times, so you’ll want to be prepared to adapt your budget to whatever financial situation occurs.
2. Reevaluate your spending
Good spending habits could help your money go further, especially in the pandemic. If you haven't changed your spending habits, take the time to reevaluate them by reviewing your purchases. Some of your normal expenses may be reduced in the pandemic, such as travel and entertainment, but you may be spending too much money elsewhere. Here are two ways to help you start reducing your expenses:
3. Start an emergency fund
If your job hasn’t been affected by the pandemic, consider bolstering your emergency fund or starting one.
4. Contact lenders
If you are struggling to keep up with your student loans, mortgage, or other debt, call your lenders and discuss possible payment options. Many companies and institutions have hardship programs to assist you when your financial situation becomes difficult. Lenders understand the negative effects of COVID-19 and will hopefully work with you to defer your payments or lower your interest rates.
5. Tackle credit card debt
The pandemic has forced shutdowns around the country and that means you may be spending less money on activities, dining, and entertainment. The money you save could be used to pay your debt more aggressively. By reducing your credit card debt, you’ll save in the long run because you won’t have to pay as much interest.
6. Research financial options
There are a variety of sites that offer resources to help you better understand your financial options. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) offers resources to protect and manage your finances during the Covid-19 crisis. The CDC website also offers up-to-date information on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides direct economic assistance for American workers and families, small businesses, and preserves jobs for American industries.
You could also review other methods of securing your finances, such as fixed indexed annuities, or FIAs, which provide you guaranteed lifetime income during your retirement. FIAs guarantee no loss of premium due to market downturns or fluctuations. In other words, the value of your money will not decline due to market loss for as long as it is in the FIA and may have the opportunity for potential growth. For more about FIAs, visit the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council’s (IALC) new fixed index annuity page.
7. Meet with a financial professional
If it hasn’t already, the Covid-19 pandemic may have a significant impact on your personal finances. You may feel overwhelmed or helpless. Consider working with a financial professional, who can assist you with annuity options. To find the right financial professional who fits your needs, submit your information through our find an agent page.