Saturday, 1 May 2021

COVID IMPACT : HOW TO GET OUT OF FINANCIAL MESS

Greetings, 

Hope you are all safe in the confines of your home.
The CORONA virus is spreading across the Globe. What started as a “Chinese” problem has quickly capitulated into a “Global” problem and is not going away as yet.
Its only compounding the problems and leaving lot of families, states, nations, societies in a huge mess
It's something which hasn’t been seen by anyone alive till now. 

We have only HEARD but never seen. 
Many families and breadwinners are now either left with no job or left with half salary and SAME Expenses 



REAL STORY OF A FAMILY LANDING IN A FINANCIAL MESS : 

Shanti Kumari was working from home for the past 2 months. This was even before the Coronovirus pandemic hit the World.
Last week, out of blue, she got an email that since her company’s business has slowed down, they did not need her services anymore.
Just last week, her husband, Rohit, who worked as Cashier in a local Darshini told her that his hotel has removed 6 workers and his boss has already that either you take 50% pay cut or look for another job.
This was a SIXER from both ends.

Even though we are healthy, almost everyone has been hit hard by the coronavirus with regard to Finances.
It has spared no one.  This is truly unprecedented.
Almost all types of workers and employees are either working from home or have no work at all as their offices/factories are closed.
Nobody knows for sure when it will be safe to open offices, factories, shops again.
India has come to standstill.
The biggest casualty has been the Workers who get paid on an hourly or daily basis.


So, what to do if someone is in a Financial Mess?

The first and foremost thing you should do is
1. 
          DO NOT PANIC AND TAKE ANY DRASTIC DECISIONS.
This pandemic has affected not just you but the entire World and hence you are not alone who is suffering this pain. Do not get emotional and take a rash decision which could affect your finances in a massive way. Be calm and take action only after considering all scenarios. Preferably consult your Financial Advisor and/or your Well-wishers.
The good news is that Govt is trying to help in its own ways.
2.      

    















       2.
          The next thing you must do is LOOK AFTER yourselfnot just physically but emotionally and psychologically.
It is natural to get depressed and be down on energy and lack appetite in these circumstances. Be why focus on things that you cannot control?

The only thing in your control right now is your HEALTH. Focus on what you can control and do that effectively. Avoid alcohol, sugary food, etc.  


 3. 
        DO NOT SELL FAMILY SILVER
     
Instead of selling off your prized assets, consider alternatives. 
    You can take a loan on your Investments, You can take a loan on your Insurance, Gold,  PPF. You get a loan against even YOUR CAR!
      And there is always the option of OVERDRAFT facility too. 
     Check all alternatives. Only if it's inevitable only then you should consider selling your Blue-chip shares or other prized assets.

     CORRECTIONS ARE TEMPORARY 
     GROWTH IS PERMANENT 
     COVID19-19 will not be there forever but Stock Market will be there!
     All corrections test our patience & most importantly give us an opportunity to buy at tantalizing prices 
     Make maximum use of this 
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#  WealthyHabits


4. 
        DO NOT SKIP PAYMENTS

       DELAY payment of bills and loans, wherever possible. There is no shame in delaying payments when you are facing a crisis. DO NOT COMPLETELY STOP making the payment. Consider making part payment. Talk to your creditors. Tell them about your situation.
Since they too are aware of this situation, they could consider giving you relief. Make use of that.
Even some landlords are flexible when it comes to collecting rents.
If the situation is truly bad, do not worry about your credit rating and delay the payments. (You can always correct your credit ratings later) 



 5.   
         Build an Emergency Fund
Yes… it's too late to save for this emergency but it's not late to create an Emergency BUDGET based on your reduced level of income. Start with MOST important expenses like Food, Medical costs, etc which are uncompromisable. And gradually scale up. Eliminate all unwanted and non-need expenses without mercy.
    But if you do have an Emergency fund as recommended by me innumerable times, it will be NECTAR in these troubled times.

      6.
         REDUCE YOUR EXPENSES

Do remember that due to this LOCKDOWN, any number of expenses have reduced and even eliminated (Going out for food, movies, travel, etc).
Yes....maybe vegetable prices may have increased but these are mainly due to supply constraints and things will be back to normal once lockdown ends.

You would have not got a list of NEEDS & COMFORTSBe unrelenting and ruthless in removing unwanted expenses.
This the best chance for you to reduce your expenses permanently.
And since you do have a lot of time at your disposal, consider reducing some more expenses like saving on Groceries by CLEANING out your Fridge, freezer, pantry, etc. do your clothes ironing yourself, etc

7. 7
          LEARN SOMETHING NEWSince you do have a lot of time at your disposal, seriously consider learning new ways of earning income.
Improve your skillset so that you can earn more.
Consider learning a new technology or skill.
 
   8.  
        Do not hesitate to take a part-time job.
Even in this pandemic, there are job opportunities for Delivery Boys, Pharma companies, Grocery stores, etc.
Talk to them and offer your services. You could be lucky and get decent pay.


 9. 
         Connect with friends and loved ones.
This will not only keep in happy shape mentally but also could help in form of finances (in extreme cases). And if push comes to a shove, do not hesitate to take help from them to tide over the crises. There is no SHAME in asking for help from those you trust and believe in.


FINALLY,
Do note that like all crises that have hit humanity, even this pandemic will be won over soon. The challenge is to make sure that you do not fall into a FINANCIAL BLACK HOLE.



In a nutshell, 
DO NOT PANIC AND TAKE ANY DRASTIC DECISIONS.
LOOK AFTER YOURSELVES, not just physically but emotionally and psychologically.
Instead of selling off your prized assets, consider alternatives.

There is no shame in delaying payments (rbi EMI)
budgeting
Consider learning a new technology or skill.


Regards,
Srikanth Matrubai







All the best,
Regards,
Srikanth Matrubai
MUTUAL FUND DISTRIBUTOR
REBALANCE VOLATILITY CERTIFIED COACH
Srikanth Matrubai, Author of the Amazon Best Seller DON'T RETIRE RICH


You are strongly encouraged to consult your financial planner before making any decision regarding this investment. The views expressed here are the author's personal views and should not be interpreted as a recommendation to invest/avoid.

 
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