As vaccines roll out, we may soon see light at the end of the tunnel for the Covid crisis. But it may take years to overcome the credit crisis in its wake. The loss of income during the pandemic forced many Americans, maybe you, to rely on credit and run up balances. Today, host Rob West talks with Neile Simon of Christian Credit Counselors about a way to speed up your financial recovery process. Neile Simon is the director of Strategic Partnerships at Christian Credit Counselors. Then we take your calls at 800-525-7000. Maybe not since the Great Depression did we see such sweeping job loss and income reduction as we did last year and it continues to take a heavy toll on personal finances. Many people are behind on their bills and have run up credit balances just to keep their heads above water. Finicity conducted a survey of over 2,000 US consumers to learn the extent of the impact on their finances. Over half of those surveyed said they experienced temporary or permanent job or income loss from COVID-19. And the majority of those affected said they were having difficulty staying current on bills. 15% of those impacted by the Covid crisis say they’ve experienced a permanent job loss or income reduction. The Finicity survey revealed that folks with annual incomes below $50,000 have suffered the biggest impact. The Covid crisis has caused many people to be in debt because of many factors; Kids are at home classes which causes lost hours for parents not able to go into the office to work, many relief programs ended, unemployment ended, many people have higher grocery bills and higher utilities from being at home, and the uncertain future is no light at the end of the tunnel. Christian Credit Counselors can offer guidance to those struggling to make ends meet. There are counselors and budget coaches to help you get back on track. It is also wise to connect with your local church, family, friends, or small groups to seek assistance. If you are in trouble with credit card debt, the first thing you should do is make a budget and determine your needs vs. wants. It is vital to only spend intentionally and to be open and bold with people who might be willing to help. Contact your lenders and let them know of your situation. To learn more about Christian Credit Counselors visit their website at ChristianCreditCounselors.org or call 800-557-1985. Here are a couple of questions we answered from our callers on today’s program: --I will be receiving survivors benefits soon. I don’t plan to retire any time soon. I have a 403A through my employer. How should I use this money? Retirement or mortgage? --A neighbor of mine is an insurance agent. She has been trying to sell us insurance for our children. Should I use my extra income and take out a separate life insurance policy for my children, or put it in a 529 plan? Ask your questions at (800) 525-7000 or email them to [email protected]. Visit our website at MoneyWise.org where you can connect with a MoneyWise Coach, purchase books, and even download free, helpful resources like the MoneyWise app. Like and Follow us on Facebook at MoneyWise Media for videos and the very latest discussion! Remember that it’s your prayerful and financial support that keeps MoneyWise on the air. Help us continue this outreach by clicking the Donate tab at the top of the page.
How does your faith in Jesus influence your daily financial decisions? As believers, our faith must be the foundation of our financial stewardship, which is why we're excited to announce that the MoneyWise radio show is now Faith & Finance. Join Rob West and special guests as they address today’s financial questions with biblical answers. To be a part of the broadcast, call 1 (800) 525-7000 or you can email your questions to: [email protected]
Have we seen the worst of mortgage rate hikes? Are rates leveling off? What does that mean for the market as we head into the spring season? Those are all questions we’d like answered, especially if we’re in the market to buy a house. On today's Faith & Finance Live, host Rob West will welcome Dale Vermillion to help us find out what’s up with mortgage rates. Then Rob will answer your questions on different financial topics. See omnystudio. com/listener for privacy information.
It’s important to plan where you’re going, and financially, that plan is called a budget, which helps you decide where your dollars will go. But are there some dangers associated with budgeting? On today's Faith & Finance Live, host Rob West will talk with Chad Clark about the dangers of budgeting. Then, Rob will tackle your calls and financial questions. See omnystudio. com/listener for privacy information.
Each of us has an inner money manager. So, what happens if yours and your spouse’ disagree? On today's Faith & Finance Live, host Rob West will welcome Matt Bell to explain how couples who can reconcile differences about handling their finances avoid a lot of conflicts in marriage, and they do it by getting in touch with their inner money managers. Then Rob will answer your calls and financial questions. See omnystudio. com/listener for privacy information.
You might look like you’re doing fine on the outside, but how’s your heart these days? Perhaps it’s time for some introspection and some reassurance from God’s Word. On tpoday's Faith & Finance Live, host Rob West will talk about how we can do a financial heart check to make sure we’re living with the right attitudes when it comes to money and possessions. Then he’ll answer some calls and various financial questions. See omnystudio. com/listener for privacy information.
God’s Word speaks of the many blessings of marriage—companionship, comfort, and loyalty, to name a few. But did you know that some marital blessings are financial? On today's Faith & Finance Live, host Rob West will talk about marriage and the bottom line. Then he’ll take your calls and various financial questions.