Tags: Insurance Basics

How to Choose the Right Health Insurance for Your College Student

How to Choose the Right Health Insurance for Your College Student

Sending a child off to college is a significant milestone that represents the culmination of years of planning and hard work. As you prepare for the start of the semester, you should consider how your insurance needs may change with your son or daughter away at school. While rental insurance and auto insurance are certainly considerations, let’s look at the type of insurance that may have the most financial impact on your student’s college career. College students have a variety of health insurance options, and it is important to examine the... Read More

5 Tips for Getting The Most Out Of Your HSA

5 Tips for Maximizing Your HSA

Health savings accounts (HSAs) are a great tool for helping manage your out-of-pocket health care expenses. If you have an HSA, you want to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.  Here are five strategies that will help you get the most out of your HSA investment. Contribute as much as you can. HSAs are designed to offer triple tax benefits—meaning you put your money in tax-free, it gains interest tax-free and you can withdraw it tax-free for qualified medical expenses. In addition, many employers will contribute to an... Read More

How Are Life Insurance Premiums Calculated?

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Have you ever wondered how your insurance company arrived at your premium payment amount? Does it seem like some mysterious formula that seems Greek to you? Is there anything you can do to reduce your premiums or are you just stuck with the amount they give you? Life Insurance premiums are calculated after looking at an individual’s health risk factors, such as tobacco use, cholesterol level, obesity, diabetes and family history. When applying for life insurance, the insurance company will determine your status based on your age, gender and overall... Read More

Top 10 Threats to Small Businesses—Part 1

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Optimism is the fuel that drives the entrepreneurial spirit, so it isn’t surprising that most small business owners consider themselves optimists. Too much optimism, however, can get a small business owner into trouble. A business plan built solely on the “best case scenario” is like a house of cards—one gust of wind (or fire or wrongful termination lawsuit) and the entire business can come crashing down. That’s why smart business owners temper their innate optimism with a healthy dose of reality. In other words, they learn to manage risk. The... Read More

A Handy Guide to the Most Confusing Life Insurance Terms

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When it comes to choosing a life insurance policy, you have several choices. And like many industries, the world of insurance uses its own unique terminology to describe its products. For the rest of the world—and even for some insurance pros—these terms can be confusing. So, no matter which type of life insurance might be right for you, this handy glossary will help you understand some of the basics of life insurance. And if this doesn’t help you understand everything you need to about life insurance (and don’t feel bad—it... Read More

Disability Insurance Basics–Is Your Paycheck Protected?

Disability Insurance Basics-Is Your Paycheck Protected?

Your most valuable asset is your ability to earn an income. Have you ever thought about what would happen if you experience a serious illness or injury? How would the loss of your income impact you? In addition to your day-to-day living expenses, a disabling injury can also lead to additional expenses, such as increased medical and household costs. If you’re like most working Americans, your savings account isn’t nearly big enough to see you through a disabling injury or illness. Even the loss of one paycheck, coupled with medical... Read More

What is Key-Person Insurance and Why Do I Need it?

Protect key employees with key person insurance

Is there someone at your company—maybe even you—who is essential to the success of your company? Have you ever thought about what would happen to your company if something happens to that key person? Most businesses have at least one key employee who is essential to the company’s success. This person may be a partner, owner, majority stockholder or another individual who is crucial to the business. If this person unexpectedly leaves the company—due to a death or disability—it could make it hard for the company to survive and prosper.... Read More

Seven Easy Ways to Save Money on Life Insurance Policy

Seven Easy Ways to Save Money on Life Insurance Policy

Do you know you need life insurance but put off getting it because you think it’s too expensive? Would knowing there are things you can do to save money on life insurance help get you going? There are some very simple things you can do that will save you money on your life insurance premiums. Here are seven easy ways to save.   Buy Life Insurance Early Buying life insurance while you are young and relatively healthy will cost you much less in premiums than if you wait until you get... Read More

Life Insurance–What You Need to Know

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Have you thought about life insurance lately? Life insurance? Isn’t that for people who are old and going to die? I don’t need life insurance; I am young and healthy. Life insurance is expensive. Those are the typical responses to the life insurance question. But really, it’s not the right answer. Life insurance isn’t for people who are going to die; it’s for the people you leave behind. Life insurance is not a fun thing to think about—most of us don’t like to be confronted with the reminder that someday we’ll... Read More