(BPT) - From job loss and unexpected medical costs to economic swings and volatile stock markets, everyone has experienced some level of financial impact from COVID-19. It's important to know there are simple steps you can take to manage your money throughout challenging times and position yourself for a secure future.

"It's important to know you're not alone," says Jeff Richardson, Sr. Vice President of Marketing at VantageScore Solutions, a credit model developer. "Creating goals and a plan can help you feel calm and in control, particularly when there are many unknowns."