Financial Lifeboat Drill For Mustering In Emergencies
Put yourself through this brief lifeboat drill, to prepare for things suddenly going wrong. Everything may be fine right now, in the eleventh year of the economic expansion. That's a sensible time to test your ability to muster the resources to respond to a range of emergency scenarios.
1. Cash. In case you lose your job, lose your health, or are befallen by life's myriad of mishaps, can you pay the bills for at least six months?
2. Investment policy. If the stock market were to fall by 40% over the next year or two, are you ready to ride out the storm — even if it takes a decade to come back? That's approximately what happened in the global financial crisis of 2008. Although this is not in the forecast, a written investment policy statement can eliminate any ambiguity about your investment risk preferences and plan to survive a terrible storm.
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