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1. Update your investment portfolio

Taking a “set it and forget it” approach to your investment portfolio rarely pays off. You have to regularly revisit your portfolio and make sure it’s still in line with your financial goals and timelines.

Orman recommends either stocks or exchange-traded funds ETFs that pay dividends. So even if the market sees a downturn, your investments will still provide you some income.

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2. Invest in a Roth IRA

To avoid paying tax when making a withdrawal from your retirement account, Orman recommends you go for a Roth IRA account.

“Later on in life, you want to be able to take that money out tax-free,” she explains.

Because your contributions to a Roth account are made after tax, you won’t have to deal with deductions when you withdraw. Traditional IRAs, on the other hand, aren’t taxed when you make contributions, so you end up paying later.

Most banks and brokerage firms offer these accounts. But if you’re looking to combine the tax benefits of an IRA with a traditionally recession-resistant asset class, opening a Gold IRA might be worth considering.

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3. Take a hard look at your finances

If you haven’t already, Orman says it’s time to buckle down and take a deep look through your budget.

Compare what you’re spending to what you’re saving. Trim the fat where you can and cut back on unnecessary spending so you can allocate more to your retirement savings account. Monarch Money is a great tool to do this.

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