Calling Bullshit on Financial Fear: Finding Your Truth in Tumultuous Times

Throughout the world, many individuals felt gut-wrenching sickness as they watched the United States’ dramatic presidential election take a shocking turn on Wednesday morning.

The Media jumped in spreading news like wild fire.

Stories of the stock market crashing. Maybe you saw something like this;

Dow Jones futures market “plunged” more than 790 points in after hours trading on Tuesday as the reality of an underdog candidate claiming the U.S. presidency took hold — mirroring a similar situation back in June in the United Kingdom when Brexit unexpectedly won the referendum.

It’s uncertain times like these that individuals may be tempted to pull money out of their Freedom Generator, cash out their investments, and bunker down for a topsy-turvy future.

Yet this is the wrong approach to take.

Like money stress, financial fear is bullshit — and it’s unproductive.

A better way to react to a seemingly scary situation, whether a natural disaster or political election that threatens the world economy, is to find a way to create more security.

Marisa Torrieri is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer specializing in personal finance, business, healthcare and technology. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and resides in Fairfield, CT. Her work has appeared in dozens of media outlets, including LearnVest, Forbes, The Washington Post, Business Insider, TIME and Health.com.

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