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Hardship Befalls Those Of Any Financial Background

No one ever knows how long the economy will stay strong. Even in years where the economy is at it's best there are those that will fall into financial hardship. It's inevitable as more of the best paying jobs move overseas where labor is cheaper. At one time it was only the blue collar worker (those working factory jobs, in steel mills, etc.) that had to worry about job security. Now white collar workers are feeling the pressure as many customer service, computer programming and other service oriented positions are moved to countries like India where workers receive only a fraction of the salary.

The key to financial security in this day and age is planning. You should always anticipate the possibility that you will experience financial hardships at some point in your life. You want to be able to provide yourself at least some modicum of your current lifestyle if you ever do experience a layoff or job loss. Setting back even a tiny portion of your salary can make the difference between keeping your home and avoiding foreclosure in the months following a layoff. Companies both large and small are downsizing every week. You shouldn't even anticipate staying with one company until retirement age. In this era, it's not a very likely possibility.

Financial Hardship Can Be Avoided With Saving/Investment

In order for you to make it through any financial hardships you may experience, it is important to look into making investments. It's one thing to work for money and another to make your money work for you. Of course you should have a savings account. But in addition you should consider a financial portfolio with several kinds of investments. You've no doubt heard the term "diversified portfolio". In layman's terms this means investing in several different areas to prevent excessive losses. Some investments involve a degree of risk so it's important to diversify. It would be a good idea to invest in stocks, bonds, gold, silver, etc. so that you’re not putting all of your eggs in one basket.

Financial hardship can be avoided if you make the right choices early. You should plan for the unexpected because it is always just a day away. With companies closing and businesses laying off it's up to you to make sure that you won't hit hard times in the event that your job is lost.

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