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Retirement Watch highlights how to choose and manage insurance options courtesy of guru Bob Carlson

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Life Insurance: How Much Do You Need?

Few people own the right amount of life insurance, because there probably is truth in the adage that life insurance is sold, not bought. Most people avoid the topic until they have to address it. Those that do seek out life insurance often receive all their advice from one commissioned agents instead of from several […]

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How to Buy the Right Amount of Life Insurance

Most Americans ignore what insurers tell them about the amount of life insurance to buy. That’s probably a good thing for them. Even so, most people own the wrong amount of insurance. They ask the wrong question and get the wrong answer. The insurance industry generally recommends buying life insurance benefits equal to seven times […]

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How to Protect Your Home from Extreme Weather

Hurricanes swept the east coast, giving many residents an education in homeowners’ insurance. You should get used to it. Weather forecasters say we probably are in a cyclical period of increased hurricanes and other extreme weather. Every homeowner should know the extent, and limits, of coverage for damage from extreme weather. What is covered? Insurance […]

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New Rules of Homeowners’ Insurance

Homeowner’s insurance no longer is a modest expense to be taken for granted. Without monitoring and management, premiums will climb and coverage could be lost. About 2.5 million homeowners lost coverage or had substantial premium increases in the past two years, according to a survey. Reasons for the change are legion. Insurers suffered big investment […]

The 6 Biggest Risks to your Retirement

What you don’t know about retirement can hurt you. In fact, just a few wrong decisions in your investments, taxes, or estate planning could completely derail your retirement plans. Worse yet, the rules of the game keep changing, making it harder to keep up with. For these reasons, I’ve assembled all the key points – everything you need to know — into one comprehensive report. Click here for free access.

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Are Multibenefit Policies Worth the Cost?

Insurers have had trouble selling long-term health care insurance policies. To boost sales, they created multiple benefit policies. Let’s take a look at them. Insurers face a dilemma. During most of the average person’s life, he is more likely to become disabled or in need of long-term care than to die prematurely. Yet, fewer people […]

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Nine Questions to Ask Before Buying Insurance

Many investment insurance policies aren’t having the results that were expected. Their buyers didn’t realize that insurance policies also could be hurt by a bear market just like stocks and mutual funds. Here is what you need to know to avoid this situation, and to make a good decision regarding the future of any policy […]

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Changes in Homeowner’s Insurance

Natural disasters and terrorism affect more people than realize it. One way almost all of us are paying for these events is through homeowner’s insurance. Those who don’t learn about recent changes and adapt to them risk paying more for insurance. More importantly, many homeowners are now unwittingly underinsured. Problems for insurers started with Hurricane […]

Does Life Insurance Still Matter?

Does the scheduled repeal of the estate tax make permanent, cash value life insurance obsolete? Some financial advisers think that if the estate tax’s days are numbered, few people need life insurance. Others say nothing has changed. The truth is somewhere in between. Let’s review some of the reasons why you don’t want to automatically […]

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