Tara S. Bernard explains in a New York Times article what to do if you lose your job. Following is a brief summary; check out the full article at: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/28/your-money/making-financial-decisions-when-you-lose-your-job.htmlInitial Analysis. If you are being laid off (or contemplating a sweetened package encouraging you to leave), the most pressing issues are obviously income-related: Does any extra money let you retire a few years ahead of schedule, perhaps with some part-time work? Or does it offer enough so you have a cushion until you find your next job? How much income do you need to live right now? And how long can you go, given your severance?
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Health Insurance: state and federal health insurance exchanges may offer less expensive options than Cobra.
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