With so much turbulence in the economy over inflation, Federal Reserve rate hikes, and the war in Ukraine, it's no wonder that the majority of financial experts are predicting a global recession in 2023. If one does occur, you'll want to take steps now to ensure your finances are well protected. To do that, here are five places to safeguard your money.
Keeping your money in cash certainly doesn't have the same thrill and growth potential as it does with stocks. However, it does offer one very important advantage: You can't lose your principal. This can be incredibly important during a recession - even if the goal is only to protect a specific amount of your principal.
Something else that's very nice about savings accounts is that since the U.S. Federal Reserve started raising interest rates in 2022, banks have been paying decent interest rates again. As of 2023, it's fairly easy to find a reputable online savings account paying between 3.5 and 4.0% interest just for parking your money.
2) Series I bonds
What used to be one of the most ignored investment tools has suddenly become something everyone wants to own: A Series I bond. These are U.S. savings bonds indexed for inflation and currently yielding 6.89%.
Even though this interest rate resets every six months, investors can bet that inflation will be stubborn - especially if the economy falls into a recession. This will be a great place to take virtually no risk and simultaneously earn a decent return.
3) Value stocks
In the world of stock investing, most can be divided into one of two groups: growth and value. Growth stocks take on more risk, while value stocks are more conservative. Therefore, it's safe to assume that growth stocks will be hit harder during a recession.
On top of that, many value stock companies produce consumer staples that people will continue to need and use - in both good times and bad. Even though they wouldn't be immune to the effects of a recession, they'll undoubtedly be more resilient than growth stock companies.
4) Dividend-paying stocks
What's attractive about dividend-paying stocks is that it's a completely passive way to earn money. For doing nothing more than being a shareholder, the company will send you a check every month or quarter just for being a shareholder.
If you don't feel comfortable picking your own stocks, you can choose from dozens of high-yield ETFs (exchange-traded funds) instead. These funds focus on high-quality companies paying attractive dividend rates and ensuring the best returns possible.
5) Life insurance
It might seem strange to think of life insurance as a tool to protect your money during a recession. However, if you understand what life insurance is, you'll quickly see the benefit of it during this time.
Even though a life insurance policy can provide a death benefit to your loved ones, permanent life insurance also comes with a cash value component. This is like a savings account that can accumulate value over time (like an investment account).
Purchasing a permanent life insurance policy will give you a good place to make contributions and watch them mature. By the time another recession hits, you may already have enough saved to borrow against this cash value and use the funds for any purpose you wish.
The bottom line
You don't have to let a recession ruin your financial ambitions. Start safeguarding your money today by putting a portion into a savings account with interest. Continue to earn modest returns by investing in I-bonds, value stocks, and dividend-paying stocks. Additionally, don't forget to utilize the cash value component of a permanent life insurance policy so that you can leverage it for future financial opportunities.
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