Are You Financially Resilient? 5 Steps to Boost Your Economic Security

Being able to bounce back from adversity is a necessity, because chances are you’re going to face one (or more) setbacks during your lifetime. From a job loss to a health crisis, here’s how to take a punch, pick yourself up and get back in the fight.

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A young woman lost in the Land of Oz asks how to get back to Kansas. “If I were you,” she is unhelpfully told, “I wouldn’t start from Oz.” But if Oz is where you are, you have no choice; from there is where you must start.

That is how it is with many financial hardships. We must start where we are, in the thick of it.


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Jacob Schroeder

Jacob Schroeder is a financial writer covering topics related to personal finance and retirement. Over the course of a decade in the financial services industry, he has written materials to educate people on saving, investing and life in retirement. With the love of telling a good story, his work has appeared in publications including Yahoo Finance, Wealth Management magazine, The Detroit News and, as a short-story writer, various literary journals. He is also the creator of the finance newsletter The Root of All (, exploring how money shapes the world around us. Drawing from research and personal experiences, he relates lessons that readers can apply to make more informed financial decisions and live happier lives.