People often fear a recession, and even worse an economic depression.
During these periods of recession, the economy slows, unemployment rises, and companies go out of business.
However, a recession could also have benefits, clearing out poorly-performing companies and providing rock-bottom sale prices for assets.
What are the effects of a recession?
A recession (fall in national income) will typically be characterised by high unemployment, falling average incomes, increased inequality and higher government borrowing. The impact of a recession depends on how long it lasts and the depth of the fall in output. The main costs of a recession will be: Unemployment.
How does a recession affect the average person?
A recession is when the economy slows down for at least six months. That means there are fewer jobs, people are making less and spending less money, and businesses stop growing and may even close. Usually, people at all income levels feel the impact.
Why a recession is bad?
High levels of indebtedness or the bursting of a real estate or financial asset price bubble can cause what is called a “balance sheet recession”. This is when large numbers of consumers or corporations pay down debt (i.e., save) rather than spend or invest, which slows the economy.
What’s the best thing to do in a recession?
Here are seven tips to help recession proof your finances, as recommended by experts.
- Pay down debt.
- Boost emergency savings.
- Identify ways to cut back.
- Live within your means.
- Focus on the long haul.
- Identify your risk tolerance.
- Continue your education and build up skills.