Layoff or Buyout? Edward Jones Can Help
By: Edward Jones
First things first
• If you know ahead of time that you're being laid off, work to build up your emergency reserves. Ideally, we suggest having at least three to six months' worth of living expenses saved, but every bit counts.
• If you are offered a buyout, determine whether it will be taxable. Could you roll the proceeds directly into an IRA or other tax-deferred account?
• Meet with your financial advisor to:
• Explore whether early retirement is an option
• Review your financial situation and update short- and long-term goals
• Discuss options for the money in your retirement plans
• Ask your employer for a reference letter.
• Take advantage of any outplacement services your employer offers.
• Contact your references to let them know you're in the job market.
• Consider additional education or training that will help you advance your career or change industries.
• Evaluate the feasibility of starting your own business, or pursuing consulting or contract work, if this interests you.
• Determine your current and future bills and living expenses.
• If necessary, contact creditors to determine whether you can defer payments or change terms.
• Review and prioritize your expenses to identify areas where you can cut back (for example, cable TV or dining out)
• Identify all potential sources of income.
• Consider severance pay, unemployment benefits, spousal/partner income, investment income and emergency savings.
• Evaluate temporary sources of funds, such as credit cards, home equity loans, other loans or family sources.
• Apply for unemployment benefits if you are being laid off. Review how unemployment benefits may be taxed and set aside money to cover it.
How we can help
A layoff or buyout will affect your whole life, but we're here to help turn this experience into a positive opportunity for a new chapter. Talk to your financial advisor to help guide you in the right direction when it comes to your financial goals.
Edward Jones is a licensed insurance producer in all states and Washington, D.C., through Edward D. Jones & Co., L.P., and in California, New Mexico and Massachusetts through Edward Jones Insurance Agency of California, L.L.C.; Edward Jones Insurance Agency of New Mexico, L.L.C.; and Edward Jones Insurance Agency of Massachusetts, L.L.C.
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