Bad Credit and Getting a JobBad credit can affect you getting a job – can your bad credit and personal finances affect your job search? The answer may surprise you when applying for a job.

A recent survey of 35-54 year olds published by the National Financial Education Council found that over 25% of respondents were subjected to a financial background check (or credit check) as a condition for their eligibility to get hired or promoted. Additionally, almost 30% of respondents in the survey were reportedly unsure if their employer performed a financial check beforehand, and 5% of respondents said that they were turned down for a job or promotion as a result of one of these checks (18% were unsure).

With these survey findings in mind, it’s important to understand the implications of your financial situation in regards to either your favorability as a potential employee or your chances at scoring that big promotion. If you’re trying to

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If you’re trying to compete in the current job market, consider these ways that your personal finances might affect your employability:

Money-Related Stress Affecting Job Performance

Empirical studies have found that money-related stress can distract employees from their jobs and make them late or absent more often than employees who aren’t struggling financially. Understandably, it’s incredibly difficult to ignore thoughts of impending bill due dates, skyrocketing credit card debt, debt collectors harassing you, and even the possibility foreclosure or bankruptcy lingering in the back of your mind while you try to go about your daily professional life.

You’re not alone, however. A large survey conducted by the American Psychological Association in 2014 found that money was the #1 stressor among adults, with 72% of Americans reportedly feeling stressed about money just in the last month, and 22% of Americans feeling extreme levels of stress when it comes to money. Stress is inherent to almost any job, but when your personal stress follows you into the workplace, it can negatively impact your job performance if left unchecked.

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With President Donald Trump making headlines on an hourly basis and our social media accounts going crazy with comments on his presidency, we are left asking ourselves: Should we perhaps change our investment strategy as a result?

In short, the answer is yes but perhaps not how you think.

In earlier blogs, I have outlined how I consider it highly unlikely for the vast majority of investors that they can beat the markets themselves through active stock selection, market timing, or via picking the one out of ten actively investment funds that may do so over a ten-year period. 

And, for your equity exposure, you should pick as broad and cheap an index tracking exposure as you can get your hands on, namely a world equity index tracker. Just because Donald Trump is now President of the United States, that is no less true. You most likely couldn’t beat the markets before November and still can’t.

Editor’s Note – You may also like to see five things you can learn about personal finance from President Trump!

What you perhaps can expect is to make 4-5% above inflation. This is based on over 200 years of history of equity returns in many states of the world. And, you can expect that return to range from lottery type winnings to desperate failures – can also reasonably expect to be compensated in higher risk periods with commensurate higher expected returns, but there are no guarantees obviously. 

Editor’s Note – I think you can squeeze out a 10% return on your investments. Be sure to check out how.

So, even in a President Trump world, we haven’t found a crystal ball. So, what can we do?

In my view, there are two main things we main things we should focus on.

  1. Evaluate if the risk of the markets has changed enough that we should re-evaluate the risk levels of our portfolio.
  2. We should consider if the sudden change in the political landscape has changed our overall economic life enough that our risk profile should change as a result.

Market Risk

Below is a graph of the expected future risk of the US stock market. Without being too technical, it measures the expected standard deviation six months into the future. Since the index value is based on the implied volatility of equity options, it is a market price.

If you think you know the future volatility of the market better than this chart, you can get rich trading it (many try!). There are many issues with this kind of chart, including that the value itself is very volatile. So, the risk changes a lot.

The volatility doesn’t capture “fat tails”, the fact that unlikely events happen far more than predicted by the normal distribution assumption of the standard deviation. And, that it is only six months into the future. That all said, the chart gives a good idea of future expected risk. You can also find it on

The Estimated Future Risk of US Equities
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