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With schools adjusting to new online and in-person classroom setups, the pandemic has left many working parents struggling to juggle their careers along with acting as full-time caregivers and teachers. Even those with kids physically back in school are worried how long that will last.
Paying for private school can be a stretch for many families, especially over several years, but the economic challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have made it particularly hard this year.
Financial advisors are used to talking to clients about saving and investing to raise a family, maybe start a business and eventually retire, but what about supporting their aging parents financially?
Parents are often more than willing to help their adult children financially – whether it’s getting ahead with an education, buying a first home, or with financial hardships such as a job loss or business failure.
On the roller coaster ride that is the stock market, many dividend investors are used to a smoother trip. That’s part of the appeal of owning stocks in large, established companies that reward shareholders by regularly distributing a slice of their earnings through dividends.
Calling clients has become even more important for advisors as stock markets whipsaw and businesses struggle under the pressure of the pandemic.
Rona Birenbaum, founder and certified financial planner at Caring for Clients, a fee-for-service financial-planning firm in Toronto, encourages advisors to discuss with clients, especially older ones, how the current market volatility might impact their retirement plans.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, life insurance wasn’t necessarily a major concern for Canadians. But the new coronavirus has done a stellar job of showing us just how quickly our financial security can be disrupted.
When I’m thinking to myself, “All right. Who do I need to talk to about money? Who would be a great source of wisdom and calmness and guidance in this time?” I thought I should introduce you to the person who helps me most. I’m going to introduce you to my financial advisor, Rona Birenbaum, who is brilliant.
A big worry when the economy takes a turn is around the ability to maintain your lifestyle and cover expenses. A good first step is to take a look at your expenses and see where you can cut back, since things that seemed like “needs” a few months ago will be pretty clear “wants” today, said O’Leary, who launched an initiative to offer free personal finance consultations for anyone struggling with the economic impact of the pandemic.