Univest Senior Vice President of Investments Bill VanSant says the economy is recovering, and confidence is slowly coming back, but employment still lags behind profits and many workers are afraid of losing their jobs. He says people in that position should increase their cash reserves.
“Typically I recommend about six to eight months of expenses in the bank, but for someone in that position a bit more, perhaps two years, but it also depends on the budget. I will often preach trying to get someone to get rid of their debt. Naturally people are going to have a mortgage, and it would be nice to pay it off with one check, but they might not have the ability to do it. What I don’t like to see are individuals that have other non-home-based loans.”
VanSant says too many people have too many credit cards, but more have been paying down their balances over the last couple of years, probably in part because of the tight credit market. He appeared Wednesday on the WNPV talk program Comment Please by Univest.