Today we are discussing Empowering your Retirement. But before we get into that, let’s talk, for a moment, about the position of our economy during the time of this recording, early June of 2020, specifically in regards to jobs. We are starting to see flattened curves from the COVID-19 pandemic and partial reopening’s of parts of our economy in the US. There’s even some good news jobs as according the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 2.5 million new jobs in May. However, the unemployment rate is still at 14.7%. Some sources, such as an article in Forbes on June 8th say there was an error in the calculations for the unemployment rate and therefore the true rate is closer to 20%. Regardless, there’s been over roughly 42 million how have lost their jobs to date, and counting. There’s also talk that many people whose jobs were retained because of the forgivable loans for small businesses, will be let go once those businesses are out of the specified period they are required to keep their employees.
What does this all mean to you, our Rebels? Well, many of you may find yourself, or someone you know, as one of the unfortunate unemployed, or fortunate, depending on your point of view, or those facing a forced, early retirement because of the pandemic. You may have left or will be leaving completely unprepared with this sudden and life altering situation and shrugging your shoulders asking, “now what?” While we can’t answer that question for you, we discuss tactics today to help you better understand your financial position, what steps to take next and a some advice to help you through this difficult time.