The ongoing pandemic has taken its toll on the emotional and physical well-being of people all around the globe. It has also affected the financial plans of many. The various efforts made by the governments worldwide, to stop the virus from spreading any further, has also led to an economic slump and instability.
Unfortunately, this has also forced a lot of sectors to introduce pay cuts. Many people have lost their sources of income as well, which is an alarming situation. People have been pushed to make tough decisions, cut back on their expenditure, and there is no saying how and when this will all end.
This is why, at this moment, your priority should be to align your finances with safeguarding your future. And here’s how you can come out of the COVID-19 pandemic situation as a financially secure investor:
Focus your energy on your objectives
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have realised the importance of having emergency funds and a working wealth management strategy for such eventualities. And while you might be thinking about your short-term goals right now and trying to manage your expenses, try not to let the decisions of others around you influence your current and future financial commitments.
Prepare for the future – have attainable goals
The first step towards making and implementing an efficient wealth management plan is making sure that your goals are feasible. Under normal circumstances, it might be easy for you to weigh in your goals and decide what will work and what won’t.
But given the duress many of us are facing right now, it could be difficult to set achievable objectives. If you’re also facing such a challenge, it might be better to consult an expert for some wise personal financial planning advice.
Record your transactions
Keep track of your transactions, even the ones that seem like minor expenses. You might not notice the slight hike in charges (such as service tax), but over time these can amount to a lot of money.
Also, this can help you record your spending behaviour, which is good if you’re trying to cut back on non-essential expenses. This way, you can continue to save up for your emergency fund and maintain your lifestyle at the same time.
Set and review your financial budget
It might be hard to focus specifically on growing your savings right now. Still, you have to think and plan for the future repercussions of this pandemic as well. Life after the coronavirus era wouldn’t be the same, which is why you should start reviewing your budget.
Once you have a suitable budget, you have to follow it through.
Avoid taking on debts during the pandemic
If you’re considering taking on financial debt, think about the possibility of defaulting on the repayments if you have an unstable source of income at these times. This is even more crucial if you have existing debts of any sort.
Instead, focus on accruing more wealth and earning, instead of loans.
The game plan for equity investments
It is only natural to have less of an appetite for venturing into risky investments such as equities right now. Still, these can prove to be a good comeback financial plan for a pandemic.
It might be good for you to invest some of your dispensable income into large-cap and mid cap funds. These will recover from the market slump the fastest. But at the same time, don’t relocate your assets from your current SIPs.
The pandemic has only shown us the importance of having effective money management tactics in place, which could help us adapt quickly to such scenarios. Take this time as an opportunity to analyse, and learn how to grow your wealth, even when you’re faced with uncertainties.