Insurance Blog

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Smack in the middle of most debates over the fate of that three-legged dog known as the National Flood Insurance Program has been the assumption that private flood insurance from the Allstates and State Farms of the world would prove far more expensive than government-issue. Well, Houston, turns out we may have a problem with

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Friday, January 6, 2012 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Despite a recent, strongly worded recommendation by the National Transportation Safety Board that calls for a nationwide ban on cellphone use, email and texting while driving, our current political paralysis makes the likelihood of that happening pretty remote. Even if you remove politics from the equation, our track record of enforcing highway safety nationally isn’t encouraging. After

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Friday, December 30, 2011 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

If shedding the holiday poundage tops your New Year’s resolution list and you happen to live in Colorado, one health insurance company will make it worth your while to be the biggest loser. Taking its cue from the popular fat-burning TV series, Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s new “Weigh and Win” program offers cash to all adult

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

What would happen if a major earthquake hit the Midwest? It turns out one did – three, actually – exactly 200 years ago this month, with their epicenter in New Madrid, a frontier trading post in southeastern Missouri about 150 miles downriver from St. Louis. A new report from AIR Worldwide risk modeling used the

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Friday, December 23, 2011 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

I don’t know about you but when I hear the phrase “Just in time for Christmas,” I keep one hand on my wallet. This year, it might be a good idea to keep one eye on your homeowners insurance as well. According to the global insurance brokerage firm Marsh, nearly half (48 percent) of all home insurance

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Friday, December 16, 2011 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

I was recently blowing my top at a particularly boneheaded move by a gadget-addled motorist in front of me when a friend who was riding shotgun whispered, “Don’t forget, they’re more important than you are.” Her remark brought a laugh and punctured my anger, but it also managed to hit, head-on as it were, the core

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Could the information you post to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media come back to haunt you in the form of higher insurance rates? Absolutely, according to a new study by Celent. In fact, the Boston-based research group predicts that within three years, social media will be integrated into underwriting practices for various types

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Friday, December 9, 2011 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Ah, Christmastime, the season of good will, brotherhood and giving! Unfortunately, it’s also the season for taking by the Grinches out there busily eyeing those brightly-papered packages on your backseat or beneath your tree. A new national survey by Trusted Choice, aka the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America or “Big I,” finds that 44 percent

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Friday, December 2, 2011 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Some Allstate home insurance customers are being shown the door by the “Good Hands” people for refusing to bundle their homeowners insurance and auto insurance policies. Insurance Journal reports that Allstate recently informed some 45,000 North Carolina customers that it will not renew their homeowners insurance policies unless they also purchase commercial or private auto

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Since employer-sponsored health insurance programs apparently haven’t moved the needle by offering premium breaks to workers who stop smoking and shed the pounds, corporate America has decided to pick up the stick instead. A new report by Towers Watson found that employer policies that charge higher premiums for smoking, obesity and high cholesterol have doubled

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