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Category: Risk Management

Types of Life Insurance

July 30, 2015

What Are the Basic Types of Life Insurance? One of the best ways to protect against the financial consequences of a primary wage earner’s premature death is life insurance. However, only about 6 out of 10 Americans actually own life insurance and 30% believe they do not have enough.1 However, choosing from the many types… Read more

Long-Term-Care Needs

July 30, 2015

How Likely Am I to Need Long-Term Care? If you were to suffer an illness or disability that required long-term nursing care, would you be covered? Maybe not. The vast majority of Americans go through their lives reassuring themselves that it will never happen to them. However, if past trends continue, 43 percent of those… Read more

Medicare Coverage

July 30, 2015

What Does Medicare Cover? Medicare is the federal health insurance program for elderly persons and certain disabled individuals. In 1965, Medicare was enacted to provide a “safety net” of health-care coverage for qualifying individuals. Medicare is packaged in two major parts. Part A is hospital insurance protection. It covers hospitalization, some hospice care, and a… Read more

Long-Term Care Costs

July 30, 2015

Am I Prepared for Long-Term Care Expenses? In general, Americans are not sufficiently prepared to pay for long-term care. Many of them go through their lives simply hoping that they won’t ever need it. Unfortunately, in the event that you or a loved one does need long-term care, hope won’t be enough to protect you… Read more

Evaluating Insurance Companies

July 30, 2015

How Can I Determine the Financial Strength of My Insurance Company? How do you compare life insurance companies? What features do you examine? What criteria do you use? How do you know what to look for? Making sure that your insurance company is financially sound is an important part of helping to ensure family security…. Read more

HMOs and PPOs

July 30, 2015

What Is the Difference Between an HMO and a PPO? Selecting health insurance is often one of the most important decisions you will make. Health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and preferred provider organizations (PPOs) are types of managed health-care plans and can cost much less than comprehensive individual policies. Through the use of managed care, HMOs… Read more

Additional Liability Coverage

July 30, 2015

How Can I Extend My Liability Coverage? In this litigious society, no one is immune from potential lawsuits. Anyone with significant assets might need protection from the devastating effects of a liability lawsuit. Elected officials and members of boards may be especially vulnerable. It’s not uncommon for plaintiffs to name everyone involved in an incident… Read more

Types of Health Coverage

July 30, 2015

What Types of Health Coverage Are Available? Rising health-care costs have driven the demand for, and the price of, medical insurance sky-high. The availability of group coverage through employment has helped many Americans face such costs. However, people who are not currently covered by their employers have few affordable sources for group coverage currently. However,… Read more

Assessing Disability Income Insurance

July 30, 2015

Do I Need Disability Income Insurance? Although most of us are aware of the need for health insurance coverage when determining our risk-management needs, many of us fail to consider the possibility that we could become disabled. A disability income insurance policy can help replace income lost because of an injury or illness. Few people… Read more

Protecting Your Home

July 30, 2015

How Can You Protect Your Home? Your home is one of your greatest assets, and it should be well protected. It is startling to consider that an estimated 60% of American homes are inadequately insured by an average of 17%.1  Homeowners insurance protects against liability (in case someone is injured on your property), damage to… Read more

Insuring Your Future

July 30, 2015

How Can You Insure Your Future? Long ago, people realized that there is strength in numbers. For hundreds of years, we have been joining forces against all kinds of calamities — including financial troubles. The concept of insurance is simply that if enough of us can pool our money to form a large enough fund,… Read more

Maximizing Your Insurance Benefits

July 30, 2015

Maximizing Your Insurance Benefits Understanding the threat of estate taxes on your life insurance proceeds is the first step in protecting these funds from unnecessary taxation. The next steps are determining the appropriate ownership of your policy and selecting a proper beneficiary. Although there are other alternatives, a life insurance trust can help avoid potential… Read more

Insurance Claims

July 30, 2015

Making an Insurance Claim When it is time to make an insurance claim, the more prepared you are, the more smoothly it will go. Be familiar not only with your policies but also with the steps you should take to file a claim. Preventive Measures It’s important to know beforehand what to expect from the… Read more

Auto Insurance

July 30, 2015

Auto Insurance Four main types of auto insurance are available: liability, uninsured or underinsured motorist, collision and comprehensive, and personal injury. Most states require drivers to carry certain types of insurance. Liability Liability insurance is usually considered a necessity, and many states have a minimum legal requirement for liability coverage. This type of insurance helps… Read more

Variable Life Insurance

July 30, 2015

What Is Variable Life Insurance? The insurance industry has introduced different types of insurance to meet consumers’ needs. For example, universal life insurance was created to provide a solution for many of the perceived shortcomings of whole life insurance and term life insurance. (See “What Is Universal Life Insurance?”) When consumers demanded even more changes… Read more

Universal Life Insurance

July 30, 2015

What Is Universal Life Insurance? Universal life insurance was developed in the late 1970s to overcome some of the disadvantages associated with term and whole life insurance. As with other types of life insurance, you pay regular premiums to your insurance company, in exchange for which the insurance company will pay a specific benefit to… Read more

Whole Life Insurance

July 30, 2015

What Is Whole Life Insurance? Most people are familiar with whole life insurance. For many years, whole life policies were the predominant type of life insurance sold in America. When you purchase a whole life policy, you traditionally pay a fixed premium for as long as you live or for as long as you keep… Read more

Term Life Insurance

July 30, 2015

What Is Term Life Insurance? Term life insurance is “pure” insurance. It offers protection only for a specific period of time. If you die within the time period defined in the policy, the insurance company will pay your beneficiaries the face value of your policy. Term insurance differs from the permanent forms of life insurance,… Read more

Disability Income Insurance for Business Owners

July 30, 2015

Disability Income Insurance for Business Owners One of your greatest assets is the ability to earn an income. If you were to lose that ability due to a disabling accident or illness, how would you pay your bills, send your kids to college, and save for retirement? A disability can create substantial economic hardship for… Read more

Last-Survivor Life Insurance

July 30, 2015

Last-Survivor Life Insurance Last-survivor life insurance has been a popular estate conservation tool for couples who want to help ­protect their legacy from estate taxes. Because this type of policy pays a benefit after the death of the last-surviving insured individual, it can provide heirs with much-needed cash to help cover final expenses, probate costs,… Read more

Split-Dollar Life Insurance

July 30, 2015

Split-Dollar Life Insurance Life insurance can be an important part of a business owner’s financial strategy. It can also be a great benefit to offer to key employees. However, sometimes the cost can be prohibitive. With split-dollar life insurance, the cost of life insurance can be managed by splitting it up. To be clear, split-dollar… Read more

Life Insurance for Business Owners

July 30, 2015

Life Insurance for Business Owners If you own your own business, chances are you’ve at least thought about the conditions under which you will make your departure from the business and who is going to take over after you leave. Business continuation is difficult enough under normal circumstances, but if it has to take place… Read more

Business Owner Policies

July 30, 2015

Do I Need a Business-Owner Policy? Your business may be running smoothly. You could be making money hand over fist. But don’t be lulled into thinking that a catastrophe could never hit your business. Disasters can strike in many ways; even a minor one could wipe out a lifetime of hard work. Fortunately, the appropriate… Read more

Property and Casualty Insurance

July 30, 2015

What Is Property and Casualty Insurance? Property-casualty insurance practices in the United States are based on British practices and started with marine insurers located in major U.S. ports. Even when our nation was young, we were concerned with protecting ourselves and our property and not much has changed since then. Property-casualty insurance is specifically designed… Read more

Annuities as an Insurance Product

July 30, 2015

Why Are Annuities Considered an Insurance Product? Annuities are financial vehicles that can be sold only by insurance companies. Basically, an annuity is a contract between you and an insurance company, which promises to pay you a future income in exchange for the lump-sum payment or premiums that you pay. The payments specified in the… Read more

Why Purchase Life Insurance

July 30, 2015

Why Purchase Life Insurance? We’ve all heard about the importance of having life insurance, but is it really necessary? Usually, the answer is “yes,” but it depends on your specific situation. If you have a family who relies on your income, then it is imperative to have life insurance protection. If you’re single and have… Read more