So as many Baby Boomer parents help their children and save for their own retirement, grandparents are saving and planning for their grandchildren’s college education with life insuranceRead More
Every adviser, financial columnist, and relative has his or her own, perfect method for determining the right amount of life insurance. The three most commonly used methods are multiple of income, cover your debts, and human life value concept.Read More
Whether it’s the loss of a job, unexpected medical expenses, home repairs or just putting the kids through college, anyone in a financial bind has a variety of resources they can turn to—particularly if they already have a bit of equity to borrow against.
Options include borrowing from a life insurance policy or a 401(k) plan, tapping a home-equity loan, an ordinary refinancing or getting a reverse mortgage.
Of course no discussion of these issues would be complete without first mentioning the importance of financial planning to try and avoid this scenario. Each of these options comes with potential drawbacks to the point where some financial analysts argue for just avoiding them altogether.Read More
A recent study reported in the American Heart Association journal Circulation: Heart Failure, researchers say more than an hour of moderate or half an hour of vigorous exercise per day may lower your risk of heart failure by 46 percent. Heart failure is a common, disabling disease that accounts for about 2 percent of total healthcare costs in industrialized countries. The risk of death within five years of diagnosis is 30 percent to 50 percent,…Read More
Multiple sclerosis does not have to warrant a unwanted decline for life insurance.Read More
Around the country, a handful of nursing home companies have begun selling their own private Medicare insurance policies, pledging close coordination and promising to give clinicians more authority to decide what treatments they will cover for each patient. These plans are recent additions to the Medicare Advantage market, where private plans have become an increasingly popular alternative to traditional fee-for-service coverage. Unlike other plans, these policies offered by long-term care companies often place a nurse…Read More
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners adopted the model regulation, which is a new regulation aimed at protecting consumer and fostering consumer education. Under this regulation, new standardized procedures for policy illustrations were created to help ensure that all illustrations are not providing misleading information.Read More
Recent research reminds us that tragedy can strike with frightening regularity out on the highway – and lots of stories focus on increasingly careless drivers using mobile devices. In fact, a recent study appearing in the American Journal of Public Health revealed that fatalities connected to distracted driving increased nearly 30 percent between 2005 and 2008. Why the spike over that period of time? It just so happens those years coincide with the rapid growth and popularity of…Read More
If you’re a senior, there’s an army of criminals targeting you and estimates from the Federal Trade Commission say one in five seniors fall victim to their fraud operations. The scams come in a variety of flavors. Using “social engineering” methods and sophisticated online data-phishing techniques, the scammers see one thing when they contact a Little Old Lady From Pasadena – a ready victim. Experts estimate, in New York state alone, a half-million New York…Read More
And life insurance is available for cancer survivors as it was not possible many years ago.Read More