Keeping Up with the Times: The News, You, and Your Money
It’s no small secret that the world is in an economic crisis, but this isn’t the main thought on people’s minds. The number one thought people are having is: How is this going to affect me? When the everyone in the world is out to get their own piece of the pie how do you know who is trying to help you and who is scamming you and extorting all the money they can?
The easiest way to try to understand what’s happening and how it will affect you is to keep up with local, National, and world-wide news. Don’t fall in to the victimizing trap many people do, in thinking that everything you see or hear will affect you. If your watching or reading a story about the American car industry starting to fail and the repercussions it will have, and you work in the food service industry, simply think about that one. Most things that you see in the news will not affect you in a direct manner, but it will help you to understand what is about to happen, and prepare for what will affect you in the near future.
If you don’t fully understand what is going on the News or even in the world, research it. A simple Google search will ease most of the questions you might have. Don’t fall victim to ignorance. Understand what’s really going on.
Don’t be bought off by sad stories of people who are in need. Sure it’s a tragedy, but in most cases, that will not affect you in the long run. On of the most important things to remember is that you can’t help anyone if you can’t help yourself.
Again, look out for yourself first and foremost. Don’t try to put off other peoples problems on yourself. Just like you these people made choices, and those choices will determine their future.
Once you understand what is going in the world around you, you can start to determine the trends that will affect you. Try to determine patterns that may start out indirectly but will eventually affect you directly.
Understanding world trends, news, politics, and finance are crucial when it comes to your own finance. Whether it be in just simply the amount you make, the amount your taxed, or even if you’ll have a job to go to tomorrow. Knowledge may be power, but it can also be a deciding factor in your financial future.