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Transparency With Diana B.: Life in Lockdown During COVID-19

U.S.-based financial planner Hui-chin Chen was in Saint Lucia, where her husband was stationed for work, when the pandemic locked down the country, stranding her abroad. That may seem ideal, but it adds complications as she struggles to stay sane and focused on her clients.


The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on the U.S. economy and citizens’ health, as the death toll continues to rise daily. It’s also upended personal lives, including those of financial advisors, who may serve as an even greater source of support to their clients during this time.


 In this episode of Transparency, Diana Britton, managing editor of, is joined by Hui-chin Chen, a Certified Financial Planner and owner of Pavlov Financial Planning, who was living temporarily in the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia with her husband, due to work, when the pandemic escalated. Time elapsed too quickly for them to return to the U.S. when all citizens were ordered home. Now they sit and wait in a foreign country that is on complete lockdown with a 24-hour curfew imposed, and all businesses have been ordered closed.


Hui-chin Chen

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How COVID-19 is affecting citizens that are stranded abroad.
  • The perspective of someone who has had more time to digest the effects of the coronavirus, with Hui-chin having family in Taiwan and friends in China.
  • How Hui-chin is helping her clients plan for emergencies.
  • How to be flexible when a huge change suddenly strikes.
  • How to get out of panic mode and see a way forward during this time.  
  • How one advisor is dealing with the stress of the situation.
  • How her communication and interaction with clients has changed during this time.
  • And more

Tune in now to get insight into how advisors and clients are coping during this stressful time.

If you have a struggle and wish to share your experiences and help others in similar situations, please reach out to Diana at [email protected].

The Transparency with Diana B. podcast is available on Apple PodcastsAndroidStitcher, Spotify and wherever podcasts are found. 

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