TMCnet Feature
May 19, 2022

Staying Ahead in Uncertain Times

By Mostafa Razzak, Principal, JMR Connect

Now that we have entered what looks to be the next chapter of the pandemic, in which we are traveling and doing our best to return to a normal routine, there is a great deal of uncertainty still in the world. Between inflation, crypto and financial market lows, and the Russia/Ukraine conflict, it is essential to develop solid habits and resources to stay ahead in uncertain times. Let’s examine a few below.

Buy Now, Pay Later is Here for Unexpected Large Purchases

Buy now, pay later may be just the thing that you’re looking for in order to cover some of those difficult-to-fund emergencies you didn’t budget for. Be they medical expenses, veterinary costs, or other needs, it’s great to know that this is an option you have at your disposal.

Promoting Sustainability in the Financial Services Sector

Speaking of finances, billions of financial transactions are processed every day. When you think about every credit card transaction, every credit check, every bank transaction – it is an enormous amount of computing power. Much of this can be handled in a greener way thanks to sustainability in a migration to cloud computing.

Energy Drinks Can Give You the Lift You Need

We all could use a boost now and then. That’s why it is a good idea to keep up with the latest beverage trends in energy drinks for pre- and post-workout. It’s been especially popular in the eSports market as well.

Getting Help with Domestic Abuse

While this may be a difficult topic to talk about, it’s important that everyone is living in a safe condition. The pandemic has made it even more difficult in serious situations of domestic abuse. Make sure that you have access to the support and resources that you need in order to get out of a difficult situation.

Colleges are out of Business

Should you go back to college? It certainly depends on your career path, but it is no longer a fairly automatic decision for those that are of college age. Sadly, a growing number of colleges are going out of business. It’s shocking, but true. Enrollment is down the last two years nearly eight percent, and is down to the lowest it has been over the last 50 years. Carefully try to map out the right decision for your specific situation.

Gas and Car Insurance Prices are on the Rise

If you’re like most people, you are keeping a close eye on gas prices, especially with the conflict with Russia and Ukraine and soaring inflation rates in the United States. The impact of inflation on gas and car insurance is a hit to the wallet. Perhaps it is time to more carefully plan those trips to the store, or even consider a more gas efficient, hybrid, or fully electric vehicle.

Bringing it all Together

It’s a gift to be able to incorporate a nimble and fit mental mindset. This attitude, armed with knowledge of the tools and resources that are out there should serve you well in weathering the storm of uncertainty – and whatever lies ahead.

Edited by Erik Linask
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