The Coronavirus pandemic has affected us all in ways that we didn’t anticipate at the start of the year, especially when it comes to our finances. And unfortunately, just as federal emergency benefits are starting to run out, signs of a second wave of the virus are looming—and some may even say it’s already here.
The good news is that there are ways to protect your finances in the event of a second wave of Coronavirus. Whether you took a hit over the past few months or not, here’s some advice on what to do next to safeguard your finances moving forward.
The digital world has transformed professional industries in unique ways that prior to internet access would have been impossible. Doctors can monitor patients remotely, lawyers can offer counsel online, software can complete your taxes for you, and even financial investments and advertisements can be made without any face-to-face contact. To some this would sound ludicrous and to others it sounds convenient, but one thing is for certain—the robo-advisor is another option that’s here to stay for investors.
The question of what to do if Joe Biden wins has been asked by at least five of our clients in the past few weeks. Since it reminded me of the identical question I received from my Democratic clients when Trump was elected four years ago, I will assume this question is politically related.
Jay L. Gershman, Retirement Visions LLC, West Hartford
When dealing with financial affairs, actions in one area can spill over into another. Sometimes these unintended consequences can be avoided; other times they don’t reveal themselves until it’s too late. Here’s what you need to be aware of when it comes to Social Security and Medicare.
What do you do when a strategy or action that solves one problem inadvertently creates a new one? And what if the remedy to the new problem has the potential to cause still another problem?