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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The airwaves are full of ads for lower auto insurance costs. But the commercials don’t tell you even half the story. Unfortunately, few people do their auto insurance correctly. There are many ways to cut your auto premiums without putting yourself at risk. This is especially good news for older Americans. Those premium reductions you […]
Insurance mistakes can be among the most expensive financial mistakes. Own too much insurance or the wrong insurance, and each year you’ll pay hundreds or thousands of dollars in premiums that don’t do you much good. Own too little insurance, and you could end up paying for losses that easily and cheaply could have been […]