5 Things you shouldn’t do during a recession

In a sluggish economy or outright recession, it's best to watch your spending and not take undue risks that could put your financial goals in jeopardy. Below are some of the financial risks everyone should avoid during a recession.

Become a cosigner

Lending can be very risky, even in difficult economic times: If the borrower fails to make scheduled payments, the cosigner could be asked to make them instead. In an economic downturn, the risks associated with co-signing a note are even greater, as the person taking out the loan has a higher chance of losing their job – not to mention the increased risk of the signer becoming unemployed.

That is, you may find it necessary to cosign for a family member or close friend regardless of what is happening in the economy. In such cases, it pays to put some money aside as a cushion.

Take out a mortgage with variable interest rate

When buying a house, you can use an adjustable rate mortgage (ARM). In some cases, this move makes sense: as long as interest rates are low, so will the monthly payment.

But consider the worst-case scenario: you lose your job and interest rates rise as the recession begins to fall. Your monthly payments could increase, making it extremely difficult to keep up with payments. Late payments and payment defaults can in turn have a negative impact on your creditworthiness and make it more difficult to borrow in the future.

Take on debt

Debt – such as a car loan, home loan or student debt – need not be a problem in good times if you can earn enough money to cover monthly payments and still save for retirement. However, if the economy worsens, the risks increase, including the risk that you will be laid off. If this happens, you may have to take a job – or jobs – that pay less than your previous salary, which could drain your savings.

In short, if you are thinking about adding debt to your financial situation. equation, understand that this could complicate your financial situation if you are laid off for any reason or your income is reduced. Taking on new debt in a recessionary environment is risky and should be approached with caution. In the worst case it could even contribute to bankruptcy.

Take your job to forgive

During an economic slowdown, it is important to understand that even large companies are under financial pressure, causing them to reduce spending as much as possible. That could mean cutting back on holiday celebrations, slashing dividends or eliminating jobs.

Because jobs become so vulnerable during a recession, employees should do everything they can to make sure their employer has a favorable opinion of them. .. Working early, staying late, and always doing top-notch work is no guarantee that your job will be safe, but doing these things increases your chances of staying on the payroll.

Take risks investing

This tip applies to entrepreneurs. While you should always be thinking about the future and investing to grow your business, an economic slowdown may not be the best time to make risky bets. For example, taking out a new loan to add physical floor space or increase inventory may seem attractive, especially since interest rates are likely to be low during a recession. However, if business slows down – another side effect of recessions – you may not have enough left at the end of the month to pay interest and principal on time.

The bottom line

It is not necessary to live the existence of a monk during an economic slowdown, but you should pay special attention to spending and budgeting and be careful about taking unnecessary risks.

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