Every day there’s more news and developments surround COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that has reached pandemic status.
Between stock market volatility and the requirement to work from home — not to mention the potential for layoffs and unexpected expenses — we understand there’s a lot of anxiety about money right now.
We’re working with a panel of money experts to bring you what you need to know about managing your money during the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic downturn. We’ll go live on Wednesday, March 18, at 8:00 pm Eastern (5:00 pm Pacific). The event will include discussions by the Plutus Foundation team and our panelists, and we will be able to take questions from the audience.
Sign up to join this free, live webinar. There are limited spots available for the live feed. By registering and attending through the link, you may participate in the question and answer portion of the discussion.
We will also simulcast the event on Facebook via the Plutus Foundation page, though we may not be able to take questions from Facebook.
Our panelists include:
- Berna Anat, heyberna.com
- Jackie Lam, heyfreelancer.com
- Melanie Lockert, mentalhealthandwealth.com
- Jessica Moorhouse, jessicamorehouse.com
- Jacob Wade, iheartbudgets.com
Don’t miss this essential conversation as the Plutus Foundation leads a discussion about your money through today’s tumultuous times. Whether you’re preparing for a recession or unknown situations with your job situation, managing your money and mental health is going to be a challenge. Here’s how you can be better prepared to get through it all.
What will Money in the Time of Corona cover?
Our panelists are experts, and they will cover a number of topics related to personal finances. Some of the topics for discussion include:
- How to manage job loss: What happens if you lose your job during this time or a subsequent recession? What is unemployment insurance, and how can it help you? Also, what happens if your hours are significantly cut, but you haven’t lost your job? And what do freelancers and others who don’t depend on a consistent salary need to know?
- Investing: Is now the time to buy stocks? How close are we to a bottom? Should just stay put?
- Mental health: Money and mental health are tied together and we need to talk about the anxiety that some may experience surrounding finances and COVID-19.
- Monthly payments: What does this student loan interest waiver actually mean? What are some other ways to manage monthly payments — including rent and loans — during this time? We’ll talk about how to reach out to creditors.
- Travel: We’re ready with concrete tips on how to approach travel right now, as well as what to expect in terms of refunds, waivers and travel credits.
- What you really need to stockpile: What’s the psychology behind hoarding toilet paper? And what should you be focusing on instead? We’ll also look at how you can prepare on a small budget.
- Community resources: We’ll discuss available community resources, from what’s available to homeless students, how to deal with food insecurity and what to do if your home isn’t safe.
- How you can help: If you’re in a position to help, we’ve got ideas on how you can use your own resources to help the wider community during the coronavirus pandemic.
We’ll have plenty of other information related to money management during this time. Plus, we’re ready to take YOUR questions about money and COVID-19. You may leave your questions here in advance or participate in realtime by registering now.
About Berna Anat
Berna Anat is a financial hype woman. That’s her made-up way of saying: Berna is the creator of a financial education media series for young people that lives at @HeyBerna all over the Interwebz. After slaying her $50,000 debt, she saved up to quit life and has been traveling the world trying to make money fun again ever since. Despite speaking at venues such as the Girlboss Rally, the OWN It Summit and The Wing, and despite being featured in Forbes, Yahoo Finance and Refinery29, she still talks herself though the bunny ear method every time she ties her shoes.
About Jackie Lam
Jackie Lam is a personal finance writer and is based in Los Angeles. She is a candidate for the ACFPE® financial coaching certification. Jackie is passionate about helping artists, freelancers, and gig economy workers with their finances. She has in-depth experience writing about budgeting, investing, frugality, money, and relationships, and loves finding interesting stories that revolve around money. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, being in nature, and learning the drums.
About Melanie Lockert
Melanie Lockert is author of the book, Dear Debt, based on her long-standing blog. Through her blog, she chronicled her journey out of $81,000 in student loan debt. She is also the co-founder of the Lola Retreat, which helps bold women face their fears, own their dreams and figure out a plan to be in control of their finances. She is passionate about empowering women, helping others get out of debt, and focuses on the intersection of debt and mental health. Every September she organizes a Suicide Prevention Awareness Blog Tour, to help share resources for those struggling with debt and suicide.
About Jessica Moorhouse
Jessica is a millennial money expert, speaker, Accredited Financial Counsellor Canada®, award-winning blogger, host of the Mo’ Money Podcast and founder of the Millennial Money Meetup.
Her main passion is personal finance and living a balanced lifestyle. Jessica’s mission is to teach others how to take control of their lives by taking control of their money.
About Jacob Wade
Jacob Wade is the budgeting expert who started iHeartBudgets, a place where Millennials and young families come to learn EXACTLY how to build a budget that WORKS. Jacob quit his job in 2018, sold his house and 95% of everything they owned to take off on an adventure of a lifetime. He is traveling full time in an RV with his wife and 3 kids. He is now on a mission to spread the message of Financial Freedom around the country, and help others build a “Freedom Plan” of their own!