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Insurance for Seniors

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

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Term Insurance: New Developments

June 1, 2007

Term life insurance is one of the simplest and least glamorous insurance products. It also is a work horse and, unknown to most, has become quite a bargain in the last few years. If you have not reviewed your policies in a few years, or if you didn’t buy in the past because it was […]


How to Estimate Your Life Insurance Needs

July 1, 2006

Most people have the wrong amount of life insurance. Some have too much; others have too little. Life insurance coverage often is wrong because most people enter the process believing that they need one life insurance policy. They might consider term and whole life, and perhaps a few of the other types of policies. They […]


Is it a Good Time to Shop for Life Insurance

June 1, 2006

Anyone who bought term insurance more than five years ago should consider shopping for a policy again. Because of much longer life expectancy and higher investment returns, premiums on term life insurance have declined significantly. In fact, over the past decade term premiums have declined by about 50%. Insurers also are being more generous in […]


Which Life Insurance to Buy?

June 1, 2006

Most Americans are confused about life insurance. They admit this and aren’t doing anything about it. That is unfortunate, because changes in the life insurance industry are very favorable to insurance buyers. Let’s take a look at the traditional debate of term insurance vs. whole life insurance. Term insurance is a “life insurance only” policy, […]


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Setting Up Your Financial Protection Plan – Insurance

October 1, 2005

Hurricane Katrina has a lot of people thinking about their insurance for homes, autos, belongings, and personal liability. Most people have a lot of their insurance wrong. They have coverage gaps or are paying too much. Don’t wait until you need the coverage to discover there is a problem. Review your insurance every year or […]


Your Personal Backup Plan

October 1, 2005

A natural disaster destroys more than property. It also destroys financial records and other important documents. Many evacuees from Katrina say that they cannot even prove who they are, because they lost driver’s licenses, passports, birth certificates, and other identification in the hurricane and its aftermath. The traditional advice is to preserve important documents in […]


How to Buy the Right Amount of Life Insurance

December 1, 2004

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 […]


How to Protect Your Home from Extreme Weather

November 1, 2004

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 […]

January 2021:

Congress Comes for your Retirement Money

A devastating new law has just been enacted, with serious consequences for anyone holding an IRA, pension, or 401(k). Fortunately, there are still steps you can take to sidestep Congress, starting with this ONE SIMPLE MOVE.

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