How to Manage Your Finances in a Volatile Economy

5 Basics of Personal Finance in a Crazy Economy

Between the congressional budget drama, debt ceiling deadlines, S&P credit rating downgrades and the fed funds rate announcement, it’s almost dizzying to try to understand what all of this economic activity means for your wallet. The best thing you can do is get back to basics and make sure your finances are ready to weather any financial storm. We cover five personal finance basics that you should always make sure are in order.

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Learn from Your Unemployment

What You Can Learn from Unemployment

Any period of unemployment is tough. You’re not sure how long it will be until you find another job or how much you will make when you do. You’re following your finances closer than ever before. But once you get out of the woods, you may find that there are many lessons you learned that you can carry over to the good times too. They can make any future bouts of unemployment less stressful and even make you richer in the long run.

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Building a Financial Foundation to Help Weather Life’s Storms

You’ve probably seen recent headlines like, “More Snow Storms Expected to Hit Parts of the U.S.” Life can be unusual and unpredictable, just like our weather! An emergency fund, such as a savings account, can be a financial foundation that may help to “support” you during the “storms” of life. These may include unexpected job layoffs or medical costs. Certified Financial Planner, Heidi Davis, explains the importance of an emergency fund and how it may save you one day.

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2011

5 Tips to Get Your Financial Life Ready for the New Year (Part 1)

The end of each year brings a time for reflection and renewal, and this is especially valuable when it comes to personal finance. As the year 2010 comes to a close, are you better off financially than you were on January 1 of this year? What would you like to do differently so that your finances are in better shape at the end of 2011? Here are a few things you can do by the end of the year to improve your financial position for 2011.

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