Prepare your finances in order to secure your future. Warnings of a potential recession could be seen in today’s economy.
Here’s how to prepare your finances and some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind.
Cash in on the housing boom
If you’ve been on the fence about selling your home, now might be the time to make the leap.
The housing market has been on a tear, with year-over-year prices up 19.8% in February, according to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller home price report.
But mortgage rates are also on the rise, which may dampen demand. Anyone planning to put their house on the market should do so right away.
Cover your near-term cash needs
Having liquid assets to cover you in emergencies or severe market downturns is always a good idea. But it’s especially crucial when facing big events.
Make new investments gradually
If you have a large lump sum — perhaps you just sold your business or house, or you received an inheritance or a large bonus — you may be unsure what to do with it.
Given the global uncertainty, investing it in smaller chunks on a regular basis — for example, every month for a set period of time — rather than all at once.
Even if the United States does not enter a recession — and there are signs that it may not — there are numerous economic headwinds that could have a negative impact on your finances. Follow these strategies for assessing your situation and avoiding losses. The United States’ economy may have just completed its fastest recovery from a recession in history — a notable achievement after a crisis as catastrophic as the Covid-19 pandemic — but that rebound hasn’t stopped forecasters, investors, and consumers from fearing another downturn is on the way.