Insurance

Four Steps to Make the Most of Open Enrollment

We’re headed into one of the business times of the year. Between buying the Thanksgiving turkey and shopping for holiday gifts, you’ll find selecting your employee benefits on your to-do list. It might be tempting to let your benefits plan from last year roll over into 2019. However, experts advise against the set-it-and-forever-forget-it model. Open enrollment is your golden opportunity to sign up for your 2019 benefits. Take time to review your current benefits plan and ensure you’re taking full advantage of what’s offered. Here are four steps to help you make the most of open enrollment. Step One: Outline…

Understanding Renters Insurance

The number of renters in America continue to rise. For the past several years, almost 40 percent of households are renters. There are myriad reasons why renting is the best decision for many people. While it is easy to think that renting means your landlord or rental company has you covered when things go wrong, that isn’t always the case. Enter: renters insurance. Once you understand what renters insurance provides, you will see why it is a smart money move for all renters to make. What is Renters Insurance? Often times, people equate renters insurance with homeowners insurance. Some people…

In the Driver’s Seat: Understanding Auto Insurance For Business

For many companies, business depends on cars. This is true whether the business is a sole proprietorship or a corporation with hundreds of employees. When it comes to insurance needs, the type of policy can vary widely. It all depends on the type of business, who owns the vehicles, who’s driving them, and how often. Coverage Needs In most states, business vehicles require liability insurance for both bodily injury and property damage  that may result from an accident involving someone from the company. Many states also require uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage and/or personal injury protection (PIP). If the business owns or leases…

What Medicare Covers When Traveling

What do most people say they want to do when they retire? Travel. Depending on your needs in retirement, your Medicare health insurance program may not make the best travel companion.  In the past, we’ve addressed in detail what Medicare A, B, C and D plans cover. Medicare Part A and Part B together cover essential medical scenarios such as hospital stays, doctor visits and medical equipment. Twist an ankle hiking and you may want those crutches. Whether at home or on the road, these are worthwhile services. But if you plan to travel quite a bit in retirement, let’s examine…

What Impacts the Price You Pay For Auto Insurance?

Many factors can affect how much you pay for auto insurance. Most insurers start with demographics, but personal behavior matters too. What matters most to insurers? It is a variety of reasons but some things are out of your control. The Gender Gap While it might sound discriminatory or unfair, how you identify might increase your premiums. Statistics show women are more likely to avoid accidents, less likely be cited for moving violations, such as driving while impaired or speeding, and tend to buy cars that cost less to insure. Women also don’t drive as much as the typical male.…

Think Singles Don’t Need Life Insurance? Think Again

A lot of people assume life insurance is something you don’t need to think about until you’re married or have kids. However, this outdated view doesn’t reflect the responsibilities and relationships experienced by many of today’s single adults. Consider Friends – the iconic sitcom about a group of single twenty-somethings. Each character has good reasons to have life insurance, which we saw as their stories unfolded over 10 seasons. Whether you’re a Monica or a Phoebe, a Chandler or Joey, a Rachel or a Ross, if you’re single, you, too, probably have good reasons to have life insurance. So Many…

Buying Life Insurance in Your 20s and 30s

If you’re part of the Millennial Generation, buying life insurance may be the furthest thing from your mind. You may feel you don’t need it because you’re young, healthy and have other financial priorities. But this is the best time of your life to think about life insurance. Here’s the bottom line: If someone depends on your income or would be stuck paying for your debts if you die, you need a life insurance policy. If you’re single and don’t have financial dependents or debt, you may not need life insurance right now. Prime reasons to buy life insurance are…

How to Inventory the Contents of Your Home

Should the unfortunate happen and you need to make a claim against your homeowners policy, it’s smart planning to take inventory of the items inside your home. If you have this information readily available, you will be able to share it with an insurance adjuster when you make the insurance claim. Here’s how to get started with your own home inventory today. Plan Ahead Before you begin the process of recording all of the items in your home, spend some time coming up with a plan. Gather equipment. Decide what equipment you will use for the inventory. The camera on…

Are Extended Warranties Worth the Extra Money?

The late comedian, John Pinette, had a routine about buying a $2,000 TV and being asked if he’d also like an extended warranty. The exchange went like this: “What do I need an extended warranty for?” “Well, in case the TV breaks.” “If the TV’s gonna break, I’m not buying it!” According to Pinette, the salesman’s eyes went dead: “Nobody had ever said that to him before. Nobody ever questions them! We just sign on the dotted line, and it’s wrong! And I was gonna stick up for all of us!” The routine comes with an important message: Don’t sign…

Understanding Healthcare Costs in Retirement

What to expect to spend on health care in retirement is the big question for future retirees. The reality is there is no simple answer. By understanding estimates of Medicare premiums and other related expenses, as well as some of the ways costs can be reduced, you can start to put some of the pieces of the health care puzzle together. Unpacking Average Healthcare Cost Estimates Several different estimates related to what people can expect to spend on healthcare costs in retirement are out there. One of the most commonly quoted figures is $280,000 from a Fidelity study. Equally staggering…

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