Five simple steps for handling redundancy

The GFC hit Baby Boomers (who are now over 50) not once but twice.  Many lost wealth and were feeling that they‘d need to work past retirement age in order to have enough assets to support them. If that wasn’t bad enough, a large number have also been made redundant. Anyone I’ve ever spoken to about their redundancy has said they wish they’d been on their last salary for another two years. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but clearly not much use in this instance. Instead, read about 5 simple steps Boomers can take to remain in control despite uncertain times, and to feel confident in their financial future.

While the emotional consequences of redundancy are fairly well known, the financial consequences are less well understood. In our experience, too many Boomers are lulled into a false sense of security by a generous redundancy payout, and fail to look ahead.

Get advice
Step 1 is to seek expert financial advice from reputable professionals who have seen your situation before. At a time when you may be feeling both angry and upset, they will offer objective and personalised support on how best to manage a significant change to your financial situation.

Your budget
Step 2 is to review your budget. Reassess your spending needs and wants and learn to anticipate cashflow problems. Recognise that (despite a healthy bank balance, thanks to your payout), you may not be able to continue spending as before given that there won’t be regular income for a period.

Your mortgage
Step 3 is about your mortgage. Depending on your circumstances, your adviser may suggest setting aside 6 months’ repayments and setting your mortgage to draw against these funds rather than your general account. Another appropriate strategy may be to arrange to make interest-only payments for a while, or to request ‘deferral’ or ‘hardship repayments’.

Your insurance
Step 4 is to think twice before cancelling income protection as it may be much harder to take out once you’re working again. Your adviser will be able to show you how to include your insurance premiums in your revised budgeting.

Your debts
Step 5 is about managing your debt. Depending on your age, it may be possible to withdraw super in order to pay down some debt.

The strategies outlined in steps 1 to 5 would be best implemented as part of a coordinated overall plan that addresses the short, medium and long-term consequences of redundancy in your individual situation.

To find out more about effective financial planning in the face of redundancy, please contact Collins Mann by phone: 07 3251 3201 or email: admin@collinsmann.com.au.

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