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AARP Financial’s Ten Tips to Survive Today’s Market

October 1, 2008

Contact: Adam Sohn, AARP, 202-434-2560,

Washington, DC - AARP Financial is providing proactive steps that people can take to help protect their nest egg amidst a financial market that is in turmoil.

“We are hearing from AARP members and it is a rough time for people who are planning for retirement. The natural instinct is to pull all your money out of the market and put it under your mattress. This not a time to abandon your retirement plans or take drastic measures,” said Mac Hisey, President of AARP Financial.

The Financial Advisors at AARP Financial can provide investment guidance and help you make the most of your retirement investments. They can help answer your questions – whether you are planning for – or are already in retirement. They can be reached at 888-778-6187.

To guide Americans through challenging economic times AARP Financial has prepared the following tips:

  • Don’t Make Rash Decisions – Recent events highlight the need to have a financial plan that you are able to follow regardless of market swings. As difficult as it may be, don’t let your emotions drive your investment decisions. Reacting to every up and down in the market is not good for your health – or for your financial portfolio.
  • Revisit Your Reasons For Investing – In volatile markets keeping a long-term time horizon can be very challenging. However, if your investment goals, time horizon, and financial situation have not changed, your best course of action may be not to take action. Now is a good time to reassess your financial situation, but only make changes if needed.
  • Establish an emergency fund – Keep at least 6 months of living expenses easily accessible in savings or money market fund accounts. This enables you meet unexpected financial obligations.
  • Make saving automatic – The best way to get past volatile markets or tough economic times is to make investing automatic. Establish an automatic investing plan* that makes investing a seamless process by regularly deducting a set amount from your paycheck or checking account and transferring it to a retirement savings account.
  • Review fees and expenses – Take another look at the fees and expenses you are paying on your financial products and services. For mutual funds; review expense ratios, credit cards; scrutinize interest rates, and banking products; transaction charges. Switching to a lower cost product may save you money.
  • Resist impulse purchases – Think twice before making a discretionary spend. Avoid incurring debt on any impulse purchases regardless of the “deal” and instead put that money in a savings or investing account.
  • Have a plan – It is never too late to put a retirement plan in place. Having a plan helps you determine whether you are on the right path to the financial future that you want. And in times like these a plan, not your emotions, should drive your investment decisions. So, if you do not have a retirement plan, now is a great opportunity to create one.

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