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How Can You Make Money in a Recession?

The UK is headed for dark economic times, as recession fears voiced by economists are all-but realised. The worsening cost-of-living crisis is placing monumental downward pressure on consumer spending, and directly impacting the incomes of millions of households across the country.

A recession is undoubtedly a difficult time for individuals and businesses alike, but it is not the economic black hole that many expect. Indeed, the savvy entrepreneur may be able to turn the recession to their advantage. In what ways might you be able to earn money or grow wealth during a time of economic downturn?

The Stock Market

Times of recession inevitably lead to downturn on the stock market, as the shrinking economy has a shrinking impact on the value of stocks and shares. However, for the shrewd investor, this can be a golden opportunity for financial growth.

While short-term outlooks remain poor for businesses on the stock market, their long-term outlook will inevitably include growth out of the recession. This means that traders can effectively buy a valuable share at a ‘discount’, and reap the rewards when the market returns to healthy growth.

Foreign Exchange

The stock market is not the only way in which investors can engage with economic growth, though. The foreign exchange markets present lucrative opportunities for investment and growth of wealth. Where one country’s currency weakens, another might strengthen; a trader could read the markets and profit by exchanging for growing currencies.

A key example lies in the pound sterling/US dollar currency pair. While the pound has fallen to its lowest value against the dollar since 1985, the dollar continues to grow due to health economic policy in the US. This is an opportunity for forex traders to profit from currency growth in the US, circumventing currency weakness domestically.

Selling Items

Given that recessions are largely defined by the spending habits of consumers, it stands to reason that retail markets will be drier than usual. With less money to spare and less spending power, consumers will be less inclined to spend large sums on new or luxury items.

This, however, could have a positive impact on second-hand markets. More people will be looking for deals on electronics and appliances, presenting an opportunity for you to make additional money selling unwanted items online.

Property Development

Lastly, the property market is perhaps the single most reliable way to protect and grow wealth at any one time – even during a recession. Property values tend to grow at a stable rate, and largely retain their value owing to near-universal demand.

As such, the development and sale of property is a robust manner in which to earn income during times of downturn. Though the average consumer has less to spend, the UK’s unique situation at present has the recession coinciding with a seller’s housing market – in which demand vastly outstrips supply.