It is a New Year, a new year after a rather hard year before. 2009 was the year of the global financial crisis. There were a lot of people severely affected by the economic crisis. Jobs were lost, pay cuts were taken, and bonuses were a pleasant dream, just before you woke up. 2010 is here now but the future has always been hard to predict. So what can we look for?
- Goodwill from the World Cup
- Continued international stability issues
- Possible monetary bubbles
The outlook for 2010 is one that could be better, but could just as likely go the same way as 2009. There are a lot of external factors at play here and the more that you can remove yourself from them, the better and easier your passage through the next year can be. This means getting your debts paid off, and not entering into any new credit agreements. In fact the key will be budget planning.
Planning a budget is a rather dull exercise, it's not fun, especially when you see how much of your hard earned cash has to go to just pay off the people that you already owe money to. It is tempting to just ignore your budget plan and hope for the best, but that kind of thinking was a huge contributor to getting us into this mess in the first place. There will be some good times to come in 2010 but be wary, as it could all change very quickly.