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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Recent data breaches at America’s most secure fortresses, from the U.S. Senate and Lockheed Martin to Citigroup and Google, have sparked renewed corporate interest in “cyberinsurance.” But you may need a hacker to decode these new cyber policies. Insurance Journal reports that a rash of recent headline-making hacks, including the breach of 100 million Sony

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Friday, June 24, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Now that the 2012 presidential election is underway, great bloviating will surely follow on which hot-button issue will ultimately move the electorate.  My vote? Forget Afghanistan, forget bin Laden, forget health care reform – once again, it’s the economy, stupid! Lest we have any doubts about the continued grievous state of suspended animation on Main

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Friday, June 17, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

How rough have the recent natural disasters been on insurance companies? So rough that they could trigger a climb in homeowners insurance rates not seen since the aftermath of 9/11. According to a report by Marsh & McLennan reinsurance brokerage, global catastrophes during the past 16 months have cost insurers $100 billion. The losses have

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

If you smoke, you may soon choke on the cost of your health insurance. Why? Because those of us who don’t smoke are sick and tired of paying for your habit — and thanks to health care reform, soon we may no longer have to. It’s estimated that each employee who smokes may cost their employer

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

I recently bowed out of a home purchase because of what I couldn’t see as opposed to what I could. A previous owner had installed a new roof over a portion of the old one, leaving no room for an inspector to peer between the two. When active termites were discovered in an adjoining exterior

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Saturday, June 4, 2011 6:05 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

When vehicles collide, don’t make it worse by giving the other driver more than the minimal personal information.

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Friday, June 3, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

It seems federal investigators are so fed up with corporate Medicare and Medicaid fraud that they now plan to prosecute the well-heeled executives of the offending companies. I love the sheer righteousness of this move, but I’m afraid it’s going to wind up another costly snipe hunt. With Medicare’s solvency ticking down like an expiring

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

The Congressional debate over the future of Medicare reminds me of that iconic electronic board game “Operation,” where the goal is to carefully remove a toxic organ without killing the patient. The pundits recently decreed that the issue of Medicare will decide the 2012 presidential election, based upon polling results in the upset victory of a

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Friday, May 27, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

First, the good news: The end-of-the-world predictions of an octogenarian minister did not come to pass last weekend. The bad news? The violent tornadoes that followed may mark the end of homeowners insurance rates as we know them. Property and casualty insurers were already bracing for record losses from the winter-spring double weather whammy when

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Friday, May 20, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

What does the rising price of fuel have to do with your homeowners insurance or auto insurance rates? Most of us don’t have a clue, present company included. But thumbing through the highlights of a presentation by Atlanta actuary Gail Tverberg to the Casualty Actuarial Society in a recent Insurance Journal opened my eyes to

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