Following the last several years of the worst economic downturn in recent history, economists, commentators and financial experts have recently been heartened about prospects for economic growth and recovery this year as industries increasingly report better profits and the additions of new jobs.
Yet, as the economy emerges from the doldrums, consumers aren’t the only ones feeling hesitant.
Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke said warned Congress recently that the economic recovery "won't feel terrific.” That may be because, as The Huffington Post reports, “there's still a significant risk of America falling into a second recession. According to the Wall Street Journal, the latest round of economic news has raised concerns among the Federal Reserve's board of governors that the chance of a double-dip recession is increasing.”
The Wall Street Journal echoes this dismal news with more bad news from the Fed on the unemployment front. "I would be surprised if the national unemployment rate were to fall below 9% before the end of 2010 or below 8% by the end of 2011," Narayana Kocherlakota, Minneapolis Fed president, said Friday. And with May 2010 marking the first monthly decline in retail sales since last Fall, “CNN Money spoke to a handful of market insiders, all of whom agreed that the chances of a double-dip were rising. The experts put the chances of a double-dip recession between 20 and 30 percent.”
So how do you plan for a so-called “double-dip recession?”
While advice to “save more” may sound obvious, in a financial meltdown it can be tougher than you think to put money away and tighten your belt. According to US News and World Report, “During the worst days of the recession, Americans boosted their savings to about 5 percent of their disposable income, as they built (or rebuilt) nest eggs and rainy-day funds. But the savings rate has now fallen to 3.4 percent, and that's not high enough. Economists believe the savings rate needs to be somewhere between 6 and 10 percent, for several years, for the nation to rebuild all the wealth lost in the housing and stock market busts. That might sound high, but the historical average after World War II was about 12 percent. Few households today can match that.”
Side Income and Connections
In this tough economy, there’s no excuse for not harnessing the entrepreneurial spirit. In order to shore up your savings or make a backup plan for your business, try accruing side income and professional connections via freelance or consulting work, starting an online business, or putting together a website showcasing your marketplace acumen. A little hard work now can pay dividends in a “double-dip.”
As federal deficit balloons and Congress become more reluctant to spend, there will be a lot less aid from government coffers to spurn the economy and help Americans, including fewer tax breaks, unemployment benefits, stimulus-sponsored jobs, or other government aid. As such, the quicker we realize we’re on our own the easier it’ll be to make preparations for an uncertain future: save more; work harder; and plan better…for rainy days and beyond.
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