Planning for a secure future means being prepared for unexpected life events. We’re here to help with steps you can take to stay financially protected.
Prepare and handle financial challenges
What steps can I take to recover from financial setbacks?
- Create a plan. This can range from setting a budget and adjusting savings, to finding additional income. Take time to comprehend the impact, then consult professionals who can guide you.
- Seek advice. Your support network will be important as you navigate through a difficult time.
- Take emotion out of the equation. You may find you’re able to stick to your plans when emotions don’t drive your decision making.
- Organize important documents. Update legal and financial documents, and make sure your beneficiaries are up to date.
Is there anything I can do now to prepare in the case of a financial setback?
You can help diminish the impacts to your savings simply by setting aside extra money for unexpected emergencies.
In fact, a study done in 2020 found 97% of people who experienced a financial setback went on to create an emergency savings fund. And, 64% had enough cash reserve to cover six or more months of expenses.1
What can you do now? Start an emergency fund and aim to save at least $1,000.
Specific financial challenges you may face
What if I lose my job?
Losing your job can really pack a punch, but having the right attitude moving forward is everything.
Consider how you can:
- Maintain an income stream and manage your cash flow through unemployment compensation, budgeting, and temporary work.
- Take care of your mental and physical health.
- Look for new opportunities by developing a job search strategy.
How can I prepare for a critical illness diagnosis?
When you or someone you love is faced with a difficult diagnosis, you may feel emotional.
Juggling financial obligations during difficult times isn’t easy, but it’s especially important.
If this happens, you should:
- Prepare for expenses tied directly to treatment and care, as well as indirect costs such as lost pay and transportation to and from treatments.
- Put a plan in place to take care of daily responsibilities if you’re unable, like taking the kids to school or going grocery shopping. This may require hiring help.
What should I consider if I’m widowed or divorced?
If you lost a spouse or partner through death or divorce, there are a number of things you can do to stay focused on your future financial needs when your relationship status changes.
In this situation, you should:
- Organize important documents—vital records, financial information, home and property paperwork, and insurance records.
- Ensure your beneficiary information is up to date on your insurance policies, retirement accounts, and estate planning documents.
- Try not to make any major financial decisions until you have had time to think through and process the changes happening in your life.
- Consult with a financial professional for assistance.
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