Why Suze Orman Says To Create an Emergency Savings Fund Right Now

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Picture Perfect/Shutterstock (1142805g)Suze OrmanHuman Rights Campaign Gala, Los Angeles, America - 13 Mar 2010.
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Personal finance guru Suze Orman has preached the importance of having an emergency fund for her entire career, but in case you haven’t been listening or haven’t been taking her advice seriously, now is the time to step up and create this fund. According to Orman, it’s more important than ever.

“There has never been a time that as much as right here and right now in the recent past that an emergency savings account is vital, absolutely vital,” Orman said in an interview with CNBC.

Orman’s urgent insistence that Americans focus on building a nest egg for emergencies is prompted by her concern over a likely nearing recession that has been catalyzed and expedited by the recent collapses of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank.

“Because of what is happening with banks, it is obvious that a recession is more likely coming than not,” Orman said.

Amid a recession, creditors will be prone to making their lending standards stricter, making it more difficult for consumers to get new loans or lines of credit.

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“Everything is going to tighten up,” Orman said. “For those people who don’t have any savings at all, they now really, really need to be worried.”

Typically experts recommend setting aside around six months of savings in one’s emergency fund to ride out any storm and cover basic expenses. Be sure to stash this cash in an account that you can easily access should the going get tough.

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“Individuals with money in a bank or credit union, I would not be afraid,” Orman added.

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