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Partying is part of the holiday season – a big part. And, as everyone knows, alcohol is a big factor in car wrecks and other mishaps. So how liable would you be if one of your guests has an accident? Read more»
Health insurance rates are rising all over, but none are rising more than those for long-term care. Projected costs in 2011 are set to rise by about 5%, and they will continue to rise through the rest of this decade. What can you do to keep your options open down the road? You can buy some low-cost LTC insurance now, for starters. Read more»
Don't Buy Add-On Insurance
By: Brian O'Connell
Car rental companies make a ton of dough on add-ons like rental and travel insurance, but consumers might as well throw their money out the car window for all the good insurance does for them. That’s the view from the Consumer Federation of America, which is out with a new report stating that any add-on insurance is a waste of money. Read more»
If you’re lucky enough to have health insurance at work, keep an eye out for notices of the “open enrollment” period, a chance to change policy options for the coming year. At most firms, open enrollment periods are in November or December. Miss the deadline and you’ll probably have to stick with your current plan for the next year. You might end up paying more than you need to, or not getting the type of coverage that suits you and any dependents. Read more»
Anyone who has bought a home likely forked over for title insurance without having a clear idea what it’s for simply because the mortgage lender required it. But what if you buy a home with cash, as many people do when they downsize at retirement? Should you get title insurance if it isn’t required? In most cases, yes. Read more»
For a parent, it’s a bittersweet moment when a teenaged son or daughter gets behind the wheel for the first time. It’s exciting to see a child grow up, but frightening to think about the dangers of the road. Read more»
When money is tight, consumers cut back on expenses that don’t have an immediate payoff, so it’s not surprising that Americans are skimping on life insurance. But that doesn’t make it a good idea. There are ways to keep insurance costs down when the budget is pinched. LIMRA, a research organization for the insurance industry, recently reported that 30% of U.S. households have no life insurance, up from 22% in the last survey, conducted in 2004. Read more»
Q: I’m switching jobs in two weeks, and am unsure what my new firm will do with its health care plan. The rumor is they’ll cut some benefits and raise premiums. AThat’s better than my last employer, who only offered a high-deductible plan. But how will health reform impact what my employer does? – B. Williams, Fort Myers, Fla. Read more»
The Affordable Care Act will make getting health insurance easier for young adults. Here’s how to make the new rules work for your child. A child grows up, leaves for college or work — and gets dumped from his or her parent’s health insurance plan. Read more»
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