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  1. 3 Big Medical Costs and How to Protect Against Them

    Without a plan, an unexpected injury or chronic disease will cost you.
  2. Car Insurance Rates Too High? Check the Record

    Your driving history is clean as a whistle yet your premium has shot up. Here’s how to find out why – and what you can do ...
  3. Long-Term Care: How and Why You Should Plan for It

    The likelihood of needing long-term care is higher than most people realize. Here are some ways to plan for it.
  4. Understanding Life Insurance Premiums

    When buying permanent life insurance, what amount of premium should you pay for the coverage?
  5. How To Buy Long-Term Care Insurance Cheaply

    Consumers looking for long-term care insurance shouldn't have to pay full price. Despite the sometimes-hefty costs, there ...
  6. 6 Unexpected Ways to Lower Your Car Insurance

    Sure, daytime running lights and defensive driving classes can reduce rates. Everyone knows those factors; these are the ...
  7. 4 Reasons Why Waiting To Buy Life Insurance Is a Bad Idea

    Understand the benefits of applying for and securing life insurance coverage while you are young and healthy, and learn the ...
  8. Top 3 Financial Steps to Take on Disability

    Going on disability can be a stressful time financially. Here are 3 steps to take on disability to help protect against significant ...
  9. How to Pick a Health Savings Account Custodian

    You have options in choosing the manager of your HSA, even if the account is through your employer. What to look for in ...
  10. Do You Need Life Insurance For Your Child?

    Taking out life insurance for a child is hard to imagine, but having it can do more than just give you peace of mind.
  11. The 7 Hottest Travel Destinations for 2016

    An overview of the hottest travel destinations for 2016.
  12. Universal Life Insurance: Dangers for Retirees

    This type of permanent life insurance is often touted as a source of income, but using it that way is full of traps. So, ...
  13. 5 Reasons the HELOC Market is Expected to Heat up in 2016

    HELOCs dried up after the housing meltdown, but thanks to an improving economy, job market and rising home values they are ...
  14. Is Now the Right Time to Invest in Maximus, Inc.? (MMS)

    Learn why fundamental analysis reveals Maximus might be a good stock buy for 2016, but understand how the election could ...
  15. 5 Alternatives to Traditional Health Insurance

    Discover five of the most popular alternatives to traditional health insurance plans, alternatives that are increasingly ...
  16. Beware the Sneaky Math of Universal Life Insurance

    Universal life insurance's cash value can be a cash cow – if there's any left. Read on to see if it'll work as an income ...
  17. Shopping the New Retirement Products

    There are more options than ever for retirement portfolios these days. Choosing the right product comes down to your needs, ...
  18. How To Make Sure Your Healthcare Costs Do Not Ruin Your Retirement

    The best proactive plan of action for a stable retirement is to understand medical costs, plan ahead, invest properly, and ...
  19. Cash Value vs Term Life Insurance: Which is Best?

    The debate between cash value life insurance and term insurance plus an investment plan is an ongoing one. Here's a look ...
  20. Advisors: Win Over Millennials with Insurance

    Millennials don’t have the same values and goals as previous generations. Here are some tips on how advisors can adapt to ...
  21. Getting Your (Insurance) House in Order

    From starting a family to retirement, insurance can play a role in taking care of financial needs. This piece looks at some ...
  22. Jan. 31 is Sunday: Almost No Time to Duck Obamacare Penalty

    If you don't have health insurance, act NOW or you could owe penalties on your 2016 taxes, in addition to this year's.
  23. How High-Deductible Health Plans Work

    It will give you access to a Health Savings Account, but are the limitations worth the benefits?
  24. 3 Reasons To Get High-Premium Health Insurance

    Health insurance is expensive, which is why many people opt for the lowest-premium plan. But that may not always be the cheapest.
  25. Is Catastrophic Health Insurance Right for You?

    Catastrophic health plans protect you from high medical costs if you get seriously hurt or injured. But when is catastrophic ...
  26. Which Life Insurance is Right For You?

    Consumers have choices when it comes to life insurance. Knowing your future needs for cash or retirement can make the difference ...
  27. 6 Best Renters Insurance Providers

    Here are six companies that consistently offer excellent renters insurance at competitive rates.
  28. How to Prod Clients Into Talking Long-Term Care

    Long-term care is a difficult subject to broach, but it's a reality for millions of Americans. Here's how to bring it up ...
  29. 3 Methods to use Life Insurance as an Investment During Retirement

    Find out whether life insurance may be a smart investment after you retire, and why it really depends on what you are trying ...
  30. 5 Economic Changes to Expect if a Democrat Wins in 2016

    Discover the potential economic effects of a Democratic White House win in 2016, including higher taxes for the wealthy and ...
  31. How to Help a Client Qualify for Medicaid

    Figuring out Medicaid eligibility can be very complicated—here are some steps to help you assist clients with qualifying ...
  32. Pros and Cons of Indexed Universal Life Insurance

    Indexed universal life insurance has its pros and cons. Here's what you need to consider before purchasing a policy.
  33. How Catastrophic Health Insurance Works

    Catastrophic health insurance is open to people under 30 and those who qualify by income under the Affordable Care Act. But ...
  34. Obamacare Penalty: What Actually Happens (& When)

    If you didn't have health insurance last year – or miss this year's deadline – how is the Affordable Care Act penalty enforced?
  35. 5 Tax Advantages of Indexed Universal Life

    Indexed universal life insurance provides these five tax benefits.
  36. How Survivorship Life Insurance Works

    Should you buy a survivorship life insurance policy?
  37. How to Use a Limited Purpose FSA

    This type of flexible spending account may be used to cover the cost of certain qualified medical expenses with pre-tax dollars; ...
  38. 7 Car Buying Mistakes That Cost You Money

    These seven mistakes can have you spending much more than you should on your new car.
  39. Long-Term Care: How Medicaid Stacks Up

    Clients who think Medicaid is a good option for long-term care usually don't know the rules that come with the process of ...
  40. Picking the Best Insurance Provider for Your Needs

    Whole life insurance can come in different flavors and varieties. Scroll through this list to see which options best suit ...
  41. Mutual Vs. Publically Traded Insurance Companies

    Should you buy your insurance policy from a mutual or publically traded insurance company?
  42. 10 Unfamiliar Ways to Help Pay Down Medical Bills

    Mounting medical bills can be frightening. But these out-of-the-box solutions can help you avoid ruining your credit rating ...
  43. Bernie Sanders' Socialized Medicine: Tax and Save?

    Vermont senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders laid out his ambitious healthcare plan during the recent ...
  44. Dividend-Paying Whole Life Insurance: What to Know

    Many whole life insurance policies pay dividends. Here are what policyholders need to consider.
  45. What's Better: Whole Life or Term Insurance?

    Life insurance can be a difficult decision to make, especially for a young adult. Here's a look at the benefits and costs ...
  46. How Long-Term Care Riders on Life Insurance Work

    What is the difference between Accelerated Death Benefit for Chronic Illness and Long-Term Care Riders offered on life insurance ...
  47. Hartford Financial Services: An Activist Investment Analysis (HIG)

    Read about the famous and profitable 2012 clash between activist hedge fund manager John Paulson and Hartford Financial Services ...
  48. Best 3 Mortgage Calculator Websites without PMI

    Discover the three best mortgage calculator websites online that do not require you to factor private mortgage insurance ...
  49. How Much Homeowners Insurance Should You Carry?

    This breakdown of coverage into its component parts will provide the answer.
  50. Life Insurance After Retirement: Do You Need It?

    The answer depends on your sources of income, how much debt you carry and whether you have dependents who rely on you financially.
  51. 5 Companies Offering Low-Cost Dental Insurance

    How and where to look to maximize your dental insurance premium dollar.
  52. Is Renter’s Insurance Worth It?

    Renter’s insurance is so relatively inexpensive that there’s really no reason not to have it. Still, how much does it cost ...
  53. Is Your Health Insurance Enough For Retirement?

    Learn what to expect to pay for health insurance in retirement, what is covered through Medicare and what the Affordable ...
  54. Split Dollar Life Insurance: How it Works

    Understanding how split dollar life insurance plans are designed and what tax regulations they must follow.
  55. The Average Cost of Homeowners Insurance

    What factors into the the premiums you pay for homeowners insurance? Much depends on where you live. But there are ways to ...
  56. 5 Dental Insurance Plans with No Annual Maximum

    Most dental insurers tend to cap the amount of benefits they'll reimburse each year. Here are some that don't.
  57. Critical Illness Insurance: Do You Need It?

    Critical illness insurance could be the only thing protecting you from financial ruin if you're faced with a big health emergency. ...
  58. Income Relating: Who Pays More for Medicare?

    You can retire, but you can never retire from income tax planning.
  59. Why Healthcare Planning is Vital to Retirement

    Retirement planning is also about healthcare planning. Here's how to factor it all in.
  60. Using Insurance in a Business Succession Plan

    How to use life and disability insurance to help fund a business succession or buyout plan.
  61. How Much Car Insurance Do I Need?

    Find out to determine how much car insurance you actually need with this overview of the different types of coverage available ...
  62. Can Going to the Gym Lower My Insurance Premiums?

    Find out whether a gym membership and living a healthier lifestyle can lead to lower insurance premiums or other financial ...
  63. Why Own Life Insurance in a Qualified Retirement Plan?

    What are the pros and cons of owning cash value life insurance in a qualified retirement plan?
  64. How Safe Is Traveling in Europe?

    Here, some factors to consider as you make your travel plans this year.
  65. The 6 Best Dental Plans with No Waiting Periods

    Many dental plans don't offer immediate coverage. How to find one that does.
  66. How Private Split-dollar Life Insurance Works

    Understand how a private split-dollar life insurance plan can help leverage gifts and reduce estate taxes.
  67. Group Term Life Insurance: What You Need to Know

    Is group term life insurance really a good deal? What you need to know about employer-sponsored group term life insurance ...
  68. How Safe is Traveling in the Middle East?

    Unrest in the Middle East dominates the news, but many parts of the region are safe for vacation and business travelers. ...
  69. The Average Cost of Dental Insurance in America

    Three types of dental insurance and how much they will cost you.
  70. Best 3 Mortgage Calculator Websites with PMI

    Learn more about all of the factors behind PMI, and discover the three best websites that provide a mortgage calculator that ...
  71. Should You Buy Variable Universal Life Insurance ?

    A guide to when it is best to buy universal life insurance.
  72. Why a Perfect Storm Is Brewing in Healthcare (and Healthcare Stocks) (UNH, HCA)

    A look at the immediate and long-term effects of Obamacare on the U.S. healthcare industry and medical economy.
  73. 5 Tips on Last-Minute Home Winterization

    To ensure your home is in the best shape to survive the chilly weather ahead, here are five, last-minute tips to help winterize ...
  74. 5 Places to Get the Best Dental Insurance

    What to look for when seeking coverage for teeth, mouth and gums, plus some of the leading providers of same.
  75. How to Avoid Penalties When Postponing Medicare

    The rules and timing can be tricky; here's how to navigate them, without getting dinged by penalties.
  76. The Pro’s Guide to Selling Life Insurance to Your Clients

    Learn about the distinguishing characteristics a life insurance agent needs to be successful in the highly competitive life ...
  77. When is it Time to Discuss a Client's Life Policy?

    Life insurance is a vital part of financial planning. Here's when and why to talk to clients about it.
  78. KIE: SPDR S&P Insurance ETF

    Learn about the SPDR S&P Insurance exchange-traded fund, which follows the S&P Insurance Select Industry Index by investing ...
  79. The Walgreen's and Rite Aid Deal: How it Will Affect Your Community (WBA, RAD)

    The merger of the mega-retail drugstores chains, Walgreens and Rite Aid could have a domino effect on communities and consumers ...
  80. Now Is the Time to Check In on Clients' Insurance

    Insurance forms the foundation of many financial plans, and you need to make sure that your clients’ coverage is kept up-to-date.
  81. 4 Mortgage Calculators that Include Taxes and Insurance

    Discover four websites that offer mortgage calculators that include property taxes and homeowners insurance cost along with ...
  82. When Should You Delay Enrolling in Medicare?

    On the surface Medicare doesn't look that pricey, but there are situations in which your finances and health might be better ...
  83. Real Estate Trust or LLC? Helping Landlords Choose

    Once you’ve bought property, are you protected legally against the liabilities that come with renting it out? Here's how ...
  84. When You Can and Can't Delay Enrolling in Medicare

    There are ways to keep employer-provided insurance and delay Medicare, but you must follow the government's rules to avoid ...
  85. These Are the 5 Financial Products/Services the Ultra-Rich Care About

    Learn about the financial products and services that wealthy individuals make use of to cater to their planning and wealth ...
  86. Helping Clients Choose Long-Term Care Insurance

    The need for long-term care has become an inescapable (and pricey) issue for retirees. Here's what financial advisors can ...
  87. Don’t Have Health Insurance? What’s the Worst That Could Happen?

    Healthcare is expensive, but those without healthcare coverage put themselves at risk.
  88. This Is Why HSAs Appeal to High-Income Earners

    Health Savings Accounts are a good deal. But they're a better deal for some than for others. We parse how the plans work ...
  89. Medicare Changes for 2016

    Get ready to pay more: Seniors will be shelling out additional cash for drugs, and some will have to ante up 15% more for ...
  90. Aflac: How This Giant Insurer Makes Money

    One of America's largest insurers is also one of Japan's largest. See how Aflac became a Pacific Rim phenomenon.
  91. How Aetna Makes Money in the Age of Obamacare (HUM, AET)

    How Aetna, one of America's (and Canada's) biggest health insurers, combined private and governmental business to get huge. ...
  92. 6 Benefits You're Required by Law to Offer Your Employees

    Learn about the benefits that a business must offer to employees, such as family and medical leave, as well as various forms ...
  93. How to Choose Permanent Life Insurance Policies

    When does it makes sense to buy a guaranteed rather than a non-guaranteed life insurance policy?
  94. HSAs and FSAs: How to Decide Between Them

    FSAs and HSAs are both excellent ways to help cover a portion of medical costs with pre-tax dollars. Here's how to decide ...
  95. How Life Insurance Works in a Divorce

    Learn the implications of life insurance in a divorce situation, and identify the steps you should take to ensure your policies ...
  96. Creating a Risk Management Plan for Your Small Business

    Learn how a complete risk management plan can minimize or eliminate your financial exposure through insurance and prevention ...
  97. What's The Difference Between Medicare And Medicaid?

    One program is for the poor; the other is for the elderly. Learn which is which.
  98. Identifying And Managing Business Risks

    There are a lot of risks associated with running a business, but there are an equal number of ways to prepare for and manage ...
  99. 9 Things You Need to Know About Homeowners' Associations

    Restrictive rules and high fees are just some of the things to watch out for before joining a homeowners' association or ...
  100. Cashing in Your Life Insurance Policy

    Tough times call for desperate measures, but is raiding your life insurance policy even worth considering?
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