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Mo' Money Podcast

Millennial money expert, Accredited Financial Counsellor Canada® and podcast host Jessica Moorhouse interviews top personal finance & business experts (John Lee Dumas, Chris Guillebeau, Bruce Sellery, Preet Banerjee), celebrities (Perez Hilton, Scott McGillivray, Farrah Abraham), as well as inspirational entrepreneurs, authors, bloggers, friends and family to help you learn how to manage your money better, make smarter choices, earn more money, become debt-free and live a more fulfilled and balanced life. New episodes air every Wednesday. For helpful resources, blog posts and podcast episode show notes, visit jessicamoorhouse.com. To enquire about being a guest on a future episode, visit jessicamoorhouse.com/podcastsubmissions.
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Oct 21, 2020

’ve been following A Purple Life on Twitter for a while now. So, when I saw her tweet about finally quitting her job because she’d reached her financial independence number of half a million dollars this summer, I knew I needed to have her on the show to share her story!

Purple (that’s what I’ll call her to keep things simple) started her personal finance blog back in 2015 when she was only 25 to document her journey of becoming financial independent and eventually retiring early. Originally, her plan was to have enough saved up to retire by 2025 when she would be 35. But, as she saved and invested her money, and lived well below her means, she was able to achieve FIRE five years early!

Not only that, she made the decision to follow through with her plans during the pandemic. From the outside looking in, that seems like a fairly bold move, but not by Purple. As she explains in our interview, it didn’t have much effect on her plan to retire at 30. She had a solid investment plan, she understood her personal risk tolerance and didn’t freak out in March when the market tanked (unlike many of us), and she also knew that if she had to earn more income, she could through the job she was leaving.

Another thing I want to point out that we didn’t really discuss in this episode is that Purple is a person of colour. You may not know that since she’s anonymous online, but I think this is very significant. When you look at the FIRE community as a whole, it’s very white. Purple is actually the first guest I’ve had on my show who achieved FIRE and isn’t white. I’m pointing this out because I’m hopeful that moving forward, and by sharing more examples like Purple, that the FIRE community will become more diverse and better represent what our world actually looks like.

For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/249

Oct 14, 2020

I almost never slide into anyone’s DMs, but if I do…it’s to beg them to be on my podcast. So when I saw some news articles online talk about Dan Price, CEO of Gravity Payments, and the effects of the $70,000 minimum wage increase he implemented 5 years ago (a story that went viral globally!), I thought this was my chance to just ask and see what happens.

And it worked! Not only that, Dan has since written a book called Worth It all about his journey of becoming an entrepreneur, going from no money to millionaire status, and then making the radical decision to cut his million-dollar salary to $70,000/year so he could increase the wages of all his staff.

In this episode, we talk about his relationship with money, his experiences mingling with the 1%, income inequality, universal basic income, and what he hopes to achieve with his $70,000 minimum wage into the future. All I can say is I hope more CEOs take a page out of his book (pun intended) because people not only deserve a living wage but a wage the can make a huge difference in their overall quality of life.

Oct 7, 2020

Ask and you shall receive! Having a guest on to talk about starting a family and what to do with your finances has been a popular request from listeners, so I’m excited to finally share this episode!

I of course thought of having Shannon Lee Simmons on the show to talk about this. Not only is she an amazing guest (listen to her on episode 151 and episode 184), she’s also a mom and offers baby-proofing your finances services as part of her financial planning firm – The New School of Finance.

Shannon mentions in this episode that as a financial planner, she works will people all the time who come to her worried that they have to achieve a certain amount of wealth before they can start a family. But the truth is, people all around the world have kids in different circumstances, and they make it work with little or a lot! It’s all about your expectations and figuring out how to balance them with your income.

Moreover, you don’t need to buy all the things! Although having kids can be expensive, there are a number of ways you can save money and make it work within the constraints of your income. It may mean cutting some expenses, or putting a pause on some future plans. But people do it all the time, and so can you.

For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/247

Sep 30, 2020

Oh my goodness, what a week last week was! But I’ll get to that in a bit. I’ve got one hell of a guest this week though. Jackie Porter, a financial planner, author and speaker, joins me on the show to share her incredible story of getting into financial planning but also to discuss her book Single by Choice or Chance.

Over the years of having the podcast, I’ve gotten so many questions from single people asking what should they do differently with their money? What are some important considerations they should be aware of? Jackie shares her wisdom because not only has she gone through it herself but she’s also worked with numerous clients over the years.

Ok, back to last week. Not only was the launch of Season 11 my best ever (I got the highest amount podcast episode downloads on launch day than any other day in the history of my podcast!) but I have some very exciting news to share…I passed!

As I shared at the end of the episode, I’ve been studying all summer for the Canadian Securities Course. It’s broken down into two parts, and last week I passed the first exam. And it was tough! But it feels so good to be over and done with. Now, onto the second exam this October. Thanks so much to everyone who sent me good vibes, I really appreciate it! Now continue to send them over to me so I pass the next one!

For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/246

Sep 23, 2020

Well, that was a much-needed break that I needed from the podcast…how about you? This year has been intense to say the least. And it’s still going. I ended Season 10 on what I thought was a hopeful note. Amongst all the chaos we’re experiencing, I do believe there is also a lot of light.

With that, I’ve been recording guests for Season 11 all summer to make this my best season yet. Full of inspiring interviews, diverse voices, and actionable takeaways we can all use to turn these uncertain times into that wake-call many of us need to do more and live more intentional and positive lives.

That’s why I wanted to kick off this season with a very inspiring and positive guest, Bob Burg, author of The Go-Giver. As I shared in this episode, I’d previously heard of his book, but it wasn’t until I did a call-out on Twitter about what everyone’s favourite personal finance books were that I was introduced to Bob. Although it’s not a personal finance book in the traditional sense, it is now one of my go-to recommendations for anyone who is struggling in the areas of growing in their career and planning out a path for personal or professional success.

No joke, I read this book in maybe two sittings. Then I got my husband to read it right after. I loved it. I really did. It hit home on so many fronts, it almost felt like I was meant to read it at that specific point in time.

We talk about a few different sections of the book in this episode, so hopefully, you’ll absorb some of the key takeaways I got from reading it, but of course, I highly recommend grabbing a copy too!

For full episode show notes, visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/245

Jul 11, 2020

I've got some big news to share! Starting Wednesday, July 15, I'll be doing my Fix Your Finances Masterclass LIVE for 6 weeks. Enroll now and join me this summer to make some big moves with your money (because let's be honest, we're all still stuck at home, so why not make the most of it?).

For more info visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/fixyourfinances

Not only that, I've just unveiled my Shop page on my website, that have 7 new budget spreadsheets and a bunch of other helpful financial resources to check out.

Check it out at https://jessicamoorhouse.com/shop

Hope you're having a great summer so far!

Jun 4, 2020

Hello wonderful podcast listener! This is my final episode of Season 10 of the Mo’ Money Podcast, and I want to end this season by discussing something very important to me and quite honestly the human race right now. There are global protests both online and offline to fight against the systemic racism that exists in Canada, the U.S., and the rest of the world.

It’s 2020, and despite all the progress and innovation we’ve made as a society, racism still exists. Inequality still exists. Injustice still exists.

I have been so emotional all week. I’m heartbroken about the innocent lives that have been lost due to police brutality. I’m heartbroken that people of colour have suffered for so long while their white allies (like me) have done nothing to help. Enough is enough. I believe what’s happening right now is a tipping point leading to major change. And I for one want to take action.

One of the things I’ve done is made a choice to no longer support FinCon, a financial conference I’ve attended since 2014. You can find more info on my Twitter page, but let’s just say I am an anti-racist and I refuse to support anyone or any institution that does not uphold those basic values.

The thing with money is it has everything to do with race. Moreover, money can be used to make positive change and fight against racism. One way I’ve been trying to lend support to the black community and the protests is by donating money to various bail funds, victim funds and Black Lives Matter. I will also never be attending FinCon again and as I’ve just received my refund for that event, I will be redirecting those funds to another cause to help people of colour.

Right now isn’t the time to see how things play out or be afraid of not being liked. Right now is the time to speak up and be vocal. It’s time to condemn racism, support people of colour, and not just say you’re an ally, but prove it!

For myself, besides donating money, I’m going to continue to educate myself, I’m going to support more BIPOC businesses, and I will be making the next season of my podcast more diverse in terms of guests. It is something I’ve always tried to do, but just looking at the Season 10 line up, I know I can do way better.

If you want to take action also, below are some ways you can vote with your dollars, as well as a long list of fantastic BIPOC personal finance influencers to support. Please follow them, consume their content, and amplify their platforms. Their voices need to be heard.

Thanks for listening to this episode and supporting me in these 5 years of having the podcast! I’ll be taking a summer hiatus, and will be bringing back the podcast in late August or early September. To stay in the loop, you can follow me on social media or better yet sign up to my email list. I will most likely pop in and do a few special podcast episodes during the summer, but otherwise, I plan on taking this time to focus on a few projects I’ve had on the backburner and make more videos for my YouTube Channel.

Thanks again for listening and I’ll catch you back on the podcast soon!

For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/244

Jun 3, 2020

We're here! This is it! We've arrived at episode 243, the last interview episode of Season 10 of the Mo' Money Podcast...and my 5-year anniversary of starting this podcast! It is actually insane that I started this show half a decade ago, have interviewed hundreds of guests, and am still going.

I do want to acknowledge that things have been very difficult in the world right now. I have a solo podcast episode that I will drop tomorrow to talk more about it, but if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, then you already know my stance and my feelings about everything. It's been a trying week trying to focus on anything, but I think what's going on right now is so important for us to progress as a society.

But, that's not what this episode is about. For this last interview of the season, I have the amazing Lauren Silbert, VP, General Manager of The Balance (one of my favourite personal finance resources). I recorded this episode a month ago at the beginning of May, and we discussed how to make sense of money (and manage it the best way possible) during this pandemic.

I just learned that in Ontario (where I live), our State of Emergency status has been extended until June 30, so we are still in the thick of it. I have no idea what the rest of the year will look like, but if there's one thing I do know, it's what to do with your money during uncertain times. This is the time to preserve your capital, save up that emergency fund I always talk about, and avoid making any emotional decisions with your money.

Moreover, this is the time to start taking your finances seriously. I know it can feel overwhelming and stressful, but during chaos is the best time to try to create some stability in your financial life. So even though I'll be going on summer hiatus for the show (I'm sure I'll pop in with a few bonus episodes though), take this time to listen to other podcasts, read blogs and books, and make improving your financial literacy your number one priority.

For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/243

May 27, 2020

Brag isn’t a dirty word! Or at least, it shouldn’t be. That’s what Meredith Fineman, author of Brag Better, shares in this episode all about how to master the art of self-promotion.

Meredith is the founder of FinePoint, a leadership and professional development company focused on training women on bragging, a systemic issues issue she hopes to eradicate. She is also an entrepreneur, media expert and freelance writer who has written for outlets like the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, FastCompany, and Inc.

You see, if you don’t promote yourself and tell others what you’re good at and what you’ve achieved, no one’s going to ask! The advice that your work will speak for itself, unfortunately, isn’t true anymore (and who knows if it ever was true!). In today’s society, if you want to succeed in life and you’re career, you need to brag about yourself. And no, that doesn’t mean being arrogant or boastful in the negative way you may think.

It means knowing who you are, what you want, and understand how to get to where you want to go while also lifting others up at the same time. We dive deep into this topic in the second to last week of Season 10 of the podcast, so I hope you really enjoy it as much as I did interviewing Meredith!

For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/242

May 20, 2020

Money influences us all in different ways. Our childhoods and backgrounds specifically have a big impact on how we think, feel and manage money later in life. But ultimately, money is just a tool. It’s up to us to decide how to use it to write our own money story.

And my guest Tara Falcone knows this all too well. As she shares in this episode, she grew up in a low-income household in which money was scarce, compelling her to start working and earning money at a young age. Realizing that she didn’t want money to have such a tight hold on her adult life, she worked hard in school to get accepted to Yale and enter a career as an investment analyst in New York City.

After 4 years in the industry, she left to dedicate her time and knowledge to a larger audience by starting her financial literacy company ReisUP. She also got her Certified Financial Planner™ designation and became a Certified Financial Analyst® charterholder. Now, she offers financial literacy programming to universities to help educate students, as well as her own audience of followers.

But the most inspiring thing about Tara’s story is how she chose to use money as a tool of empowerment. Money used to restrict her family growing up, but she didn’t want that for when she eventually starts a family. That’s why she named her company ReisUP, to encourage others to rise up and take control of their financial future like she did.

For full episode show notes, visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/241

May 13, 2020

It’s been way too long since I first had Doug Hoyes, licensed insolvency trustee and co-founder of Hoyes Michalos, on the show! I’m talking years! He was first on the show to talk about consumer proposals and bankruptcies back in May 2016 for episode 49, and he’s back to talk about things to consider if you’re dealing with mounting debt during this pandemic.

Not only that, but he is now also an author with his book Straight Talk on Your Money, which we also discuss in this episode. What I enjoyed most about his book is his very unique perspective on some of the money myths or traditional financial advice we’ve all heard over the years. Since Doug has worked with a number of clients over the course of his career, he has seen almost every situation possible first-hand. If you haven’t read it yet, I’d highly recommend it.

There are some great sections on day-to-day money management and dealing with debt that I found so different in their take. For instance, a common piece of financial advice is to pay off either your most expensive debt or your smallest debt first. But maybe the best route to take is to pay off your callable or secured debts first since those debts are linked to assets that can be taken away.

For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/240

May 6, 2020

Many Canadians are feeling the financial effects of the pandemic and as a response the federal government as launched several financial relief programs to help out. To explain what the different programs are and how eligibility works, I’ve got personal finance expert and author Preet Banerjee finally back on the show! If you’re a longtime listener of the Mo’ Money Podcast, then you’ll remember that Preet was one of my first ever guests on episode 17 in which he talked about his book Stop Over-Thinking Your Money, and made sure I got life insurance and a will after our recording (it works because I did!).

For full episode show notes, visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/239

May 1, 2020

Is right now a good time to invest? Yes! But also...so was a 6 months ago, a year ago, 10 years ago (you get the picture).

Remember this famous Chinese proverb: 

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

– Chinese Proverb

The same goes for investing! Don't try to time the market, just get into the market and stay there. One of the best things I ever did was start investing when I thought it was the wrong time (in 2010 when the stock market started to recover). I thought I missed the boat and I was doing it all wrong. Cut to a decade later and no, I didn't do it wrong. I did it right by starting to invest as soon as I could afford to, and making regular contributions to my investments during all the ups and downs we saw in the past 10 years. 

So if you want to get started with investing, I highly recommend you start educating yourself more about it, gain some financial confidence, then go for it!

Apr 29, 2020

Have you ever watched the show Ballers with Dwayne Johnson? I know, that doesn’t sound like the type of show I’d watch (I know nothing about sports!), but my husband was watching it one night and told me it was about an ex-NFL player who becomes a financial planner. Now that’s my kind of show!

Well, cut to present day and I have basically a real-life “baller” on the podcast! Jedidiah Collins played for the NFL for seven seasons, and studied to become a CFP on the off-season. Post-NFL career, he now owns his own financial services company, does public speaking and is on a mission to educate others how to make their money work better for them.

We get into what it was like playing for the NFL, earning those big game cheques, and how he was able to avoid being another sports star who ended their career with no savings in the bank. We also dive into his new workbook Your Money Vehicle that he developed to be an actionable guidebook for others to build their own financial plans and set themselves on the right path.

For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/238

Apr 17, 2020

This week, new (and more flexible) criteria for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) was announced. That means that if you weren't originally eligible to receive the $2,000 benefit payout, you might be now!

Important Resources

Apply for CERB: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html

FAQs about CERB: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application/questions.html

Scenarios for Eligibility: https://toronto.citynews.ca/2020/04/01/faq-canada-emergency-response-benefit/

Info on COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

Apr 15, 2020

Life is crazy sometimes. Back in 2009, when I was struggling to find a full-time job after university thanks to the Great Recession, I got an on-call job as a teleprompter operator for Global News thanks to my dad putting a good word in for me (he’d worked there for over 20 years).

It was honestly a god send because it meant I could earn a little money, pay off my student loan and start saving to eventually move out of my parent’s basement. Anywho, while I worked there (and I ended up keeping that job as a side hustle for 3 years) I would sometimes see the ladies from Smart Cookies appear on the news and share their personal finance wisdom. Cut to 2020, as we enter possibly another recession, I’ve got Smart Cookies co-founder Katie Dunsworth-Reiach on my podcast to talk about how to navigate your money during these uncertain times. And since her personal finance journey was majorly impacted from the last recession too, she has some amazing advice and food for thought in this episode.

Just remember, we’ve gone through many recessions in history before, and there will be many more in the future. It’s how you react and what actions you ultimately take during those hard times that will define your path.

For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/237

Apr 10, 2020

This Monday, April 6, applications opened up to anyone eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Even though the application process is incredibly simple and easy, finding out if you're eligible...not so much. I go through exactly how to find out if you're eligible for the $2,000/month benefit in this episode.

Important Resources

Apply for CERB: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html

FAQs about CERB: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application/questions.html

Scenarios for Eligibility: https://toronto.citynews.ca/2020/04/01/faq-canada-emergency-response-benefit/

Info on COVID-19 Economic Response Plan: https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

Apr 9, 2020

Since so much is going on and many of you listening are looking for some financial relief during this pandemic, I thought I would do another special episode with my pal Erin Lowry who is a money expert in the U.S. and the author of Broke Millennial and Broke Millennial Takes on Investing.

Erin has been hard at work compiling a number of resources in a massive Google spreadsheet (link below) to help you during these uncertain times, and she joins me in this episode to share what you need to know about applying for unemployment insurance and getting your stimulus check if you're living the U.S.

Unemployment Insurance

Department of Labor website:

https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/unemployment-insurance

Career One Stop website:

https://www.careeronestop.org/

Stimulus Check

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/economic-impact-payments-what-you-need-to-know

Broke Millennial's Coronavirus/Recession Relief Hub

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/13OdpUwbi_VytzS4trSsGx25FxElrozbegPZK8KnSLpU/edit#gid=141836046

Support Erin & Buy Her Books

  • Broke Millennial
  • Broke Millennial Takes on Investing
Apr 8, 2020

I can’t believe it’s been over 2 years since I’ve had Chris Guillebeau on the show to promote his book Side Hustle, and of course to share his expertise about side hustles. Well, he’s back with a brand-new book, and this time his first work of fiction, called The Money Tree.

This book is actually pretty timely, since it focuses on characters dealing with some tough times financially, so you’ll definitely be able to relate to the story. But since it’s still a book about money, it also offers some solutions and helpful advice on how to overcome these obstacles, how to think differently about your money and earning potential, and how to not let the outside world determine the course of your future.

I personally found his book super inspiring, so I hope you enjoy this podcast episode and of course pick up a copy of Chris’ new book!

For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/236

Apr 3, 2020

It's totally normal to feel anxious about everything going on right now. Just like you, I've been battling with my anxiety for the past several weeks, but I've started to do a few things to manage it better.

It's no good feeling worried and anxious for weeks or months on end, so here are some things I'm doing to control my anxiety so I can live a relatively normal life until the stock market stops being an up and down rollercoaster and there's a solution to this health crisis.

  1. Set up a new normal routine (shower, dressed, breakfast, to-do list, etc...)
  2. When working from home, set up a dedicated work station
  3. Take breaks, such as using the Pomodore Technique, which involves working for 25 minutes (set a timer) then taking a break. https://francescocirillo.com/pages/pomodoro-technique
  4. Limit your info intake each day from the news and social media
  5. Exercise daily
  6. Journal each day or week
  7. Meditate
  8. Sleep at least 8 hours per day and have a set sleep schedule
  9. Socialize online
  10. Avoid/limit alcohol and drug dependency
  11. Think of life in 1-2 week chunks (or day by day)
  12. Accept that anxiety and fear are normal for what’s going on right now
  13. Be careful with "What Ifs"
  14. Get professional help if needed
Apr 2, 2020

Due to the tanking stock market, mass job layoffs, and the pandemic, many Canadians are finding themselves in a situation where they are no longer earning an income (or now have a reduced income) and don't have an emergency fund. If you don't have any new money coming in and you don't have any money saved up, what can you do?

Recently it was announced that some lenders, including the big banks, in Canada will be providing mortgage borrowers the opportunity to defer their mortgage payments. To explain more about what this actually looks like and what this could do to your credit score, I'm joined with credit expert and author Richard Moxley for this special timely episode.

More info about mortgage deferrals: https://www.cmhc-schl.gc.ca/en/finance-and-investing/mortgage-loan-insurance/the-resource/covid19-understanding-mortgage-payment-deferral

Make sure to support Richard and grab a copy of his new book The Credit Game: https://amzn.to/2y5UjeA

Apr 1, 2020

I know revising or even setting new financial goals may seem like the last thing you want to do right now (I get it, there’s a pandemic going on!), but right now is actually the perfect time to sit down and take a hard look at your finances. If you don’t have a budget, this is the time to make one. And if you do, it’s time to make a new one because you can stop those auto-contributions to your travel fund. To discuss this and her new book The 100 Day Financial Goal Journal I’ve got Alyssa Davies on the show, blogger and YouTuber at Mixed Up Money.

Aside from talking about the importance of having a budget and tracking your spending, we also discuss how to set and plan for different types of financial goals like homeownership and starting a family, and Alyssa shares some tips and techniques to help you get started.

For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/235

Mar 27, 2020

Since this week’s episode featured another guest who was able to achieve F.I.R.E. in his 30s, I thought it would be a great topic for this week’s Money Minute! Since we are currently in a bear market, similar to the one that happened from 2007-2009, this is actually the best time to build wealth. From all the guests I’ve had on my show, that’s how they were able to achieve financial independence and retire early…they invested during the last recession and reaped the rewards.

If you have dreams of reaching financial independence, a great first step is to pick up one of these great books:

Financial Freedom by Grant Sabatier

Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin

Quit Like a Millionaire by Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung

Work Optional by Tanja Hester

The Simple Path to Wealth by J.L. Collins

How to Retire Early by Robert and Robin Charlton

Millionaire Teacher by Andrew Hallam

Since we’re all being told to practice social distancing, that doesn’t mean you have to stop talking to people! Make sure to join my Facebook group and join in the conversation: https://jessicamoorhouse.com/facebookgroup

Mar 25, 2020

I finally have Kornel Szrejber from Build Wealth Canada on the show! 

As a Canadian, I’m always considering what the right financial advice is so I can, in turn, curate the best personal finance content for you guys. Kornel’s mission is very similar to mine, only he’s FI and paid off his mortgage by 32, which is of course incredible! 

On the podcast today we’re talking about how to become financially independent (FI) and learning a little more about what the path is toward FI. Kornel and his wife lived together in their twenties and focused their dual-income household toward paying off any debts and their mortgage. In achieving his goals he is now focused on his early retirement and navigating life as a young retiree. 

Toss the headphones on and tune it for this energetic interview with Kornel and learn a few ways on how you can create a financially independent life for yourself!

For full episode show notes visit https://jessicamoorhouse.com/234

Mar 20, 2020

We are still dealing with a volatile stock market and health crisis, and everyone, understandably, is feeling anxious and panicked. Even though we’re in an uncertain time, here are some of my tips for what to do based on some of the messages I’ve been getting recently.

First off, if you’re currently investing and feel like your job is fairly stable, then don’t do anything differently than what you’re currently doing. Continue to make your regular contributions to your investments to practice dollar-cost averaging and ride out this wave because the stock market will recover. And if you have some extra money laying around and feel comfortable doing so, you can even increase your investment contributions. If you want to try your hand at investing in individual stocks or ETFs, this is a good time to buy, however, it is still risky and you need to understand what you’re doing and the risk you’re taking on. The stock market will most likely continue to plummet, so as long as you plan on buying and holding for the long-term, you will eventually see positive returns in the future. Just make sure you’re only dedicating a small percentage of your portfolio to this type of investing.

Secondly, if you don’t feel safe at your job and there is the risk of being laid off or having your hours cut, this is the time to focus on your emergency fund. Cut back on other expenses so you can dedicate more funds to your emergency fund, and if necessary either pause or reduce your investment contributions if you don’t think you have enough cash saved up in the event that you lose your job.

Thirdly, if you want to take this time in self-isolation to increase your financial literacy, then read books and blogs, listen to other podcasts, and if you are interested, sign up to my Investing Foundations for Canadians online course.

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