You might find it reassuring to know that procrastination is a very human. So, for many of us, investing in an emergency fund isn’t always our number-one priority. We simply wait for something unexpected to turn up, and then react to it. Based on the extraordinary circumstances we’ve experienced with COVID-19, this is an opportunity to think about what we can do to better prepare for situations like this one. And having an emergency fund is definitely a solution we should all consider.
The rule to follow in this regard is, maintain a reserve of between three and six months’ salary (net income). Obviously, everything depends on your situation. Self-employed and single-income households usually need to have a larger available reserve than people with stable employment or a certain financial flexibility.
Whether or not you already have an emergency fund, it’s essential to get back to basics and start with a budget. You can do this with the help of a trusted financial professional, an online tool, or by simply putting pen to paper. This will help you to determine your cash flow and manage expenses. This is valuable knowledge when you’re building your emergency fund as it’s a great way to identify unnecessary expenses and redirect those funds into your savings. Or when you need to draw on your emergency fund, a budget will also give you a better view of what is needed in the coming months and prevent you from draining your emergency fund too quickly.
If you’re just starting to build your emergency fund, or trying to grow it, a Periodic savings and Investment plan is ideal since you can take a disciplined and gradual approach. This allows you to make contributions to your emergency fund regularly and automatically with an amount that you are comfortable with. By taking small steps, you’ll be able to build your emergency fund without having to think about it or feeling like you are depriving yourself. Read this article to discover the positive impact of periodic savings.
Since stability is what’s required for an emergency fund, it should be divided up into two components: One with zero risk and a second component with low risk. Among risk-free investments, a new high interest savings account different separate from everyday bank account, term deposits and guaranteed investment certificates (GICs) are good choices. For the low-risk component, you may want to choose conservative investments like a conservative mutual fund portfolio.
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