Nov 29, 2023 | Insights

Navigating Financial Challenges in Times of Crisis

Unexpected financial crises can emerge suddenly, disrupting the stability of even the most well-prepared among us. Whether it’s a health pandemic, natural disaster, economic recession, or personal crisis, having a strategy to navigate sudden financial challenges can help safeguard your financial wellbeing.

Your financial safety net

Building up an emergency fund can help you prepare for financial challenges, acting as a safety net to cover essential bills and provide you with a small reprieve as you tackle other issues. It’s often recommended that this fund cover at least three to six months’ worth of living expenses.

Communicate with creditors

If you, or a loved one, is unable to make payments on debts such as mortgages, loans, or credit cards, the first port of call should be to communicate directly with creditors. Many institutions offer hardship programs during crises, which could allow for temporarily reduced or deferred payments.

Visit your budget

Priorities can shift quickly during challenging times, so by visiting your budget, you can focus on ensuring you’ve allocated enough for essential expenses and can identify if you need to cut back on non-essentials. This practice can also help you allocate more to your emergency fund if needed.

Diversify income streams

This option may not be viable for all, but having multiple income streams can provide some added security. This could be through part-time work such as freelancing or consulting in order to supplement your income.

Seek professional advice

Financial advisers are there to provide their clients with tailored advice for their unique circumstances. Consulting them in times of crisis can help you make more informed decisions with how to plan and manage your money.

Stay informed

Keeping up to date with financial news means you’re likely to stay informed about government assistance programs and tax relief initiatives that may be available.

Look after yourself

Financial crises can cause a lot of stress and anxiety. Take care of your wellbeing by seeking support from your family, friends or a mental health professional.

Navigating unexpected financial challenges requires a combination of preparedness, adaptability, and resilience. By implementing these principles and seeking professional advice when needed, you’ll be better equipped to overcome them as they arise.

Information on this site may be regarded as general advice. That is, your personal objectives, needs or financial situations were not taken into account when preparing this information. Accordingly, you should consider the appropriateness of any general advice we have given you, having regard to your own objectives, financial situation and needs before acting on it. Where the information relates to a particular financial product, you should obtain and consider the relevant product disclosure statement before making any decision to purchase that financial product.

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