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Friday, January 28, 2011 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Just because you live inland doesn’t mean you’re safe from hurricanes – or their potential impact on your homeowners insurance rates. A new computer model due out this spring could redraw the map on America’s hurricane territory and stick many inland homeowners with the bill. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that forthcoming computer models by Risk

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Now that they’ve passed the repeal portion of their largely symbolic repeal and replace campaign against health care reform in the House, the Republican majority has finally unveiled its replacement plan. And what would these would-be fiscal conservatives replace health care reform with? Envelope please: Deregulation! Seriously. More than 60 House Republicans signed on to

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Friday, January 21, 2011 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

I enjoyed the Republican repeal and replace protest on Capitol Hill this week as all those earnest new GOP and tea party representatives got their first chance to vote yes on no, in this case on health care reform. It was a short, symbolic measure, full of sound and fury, ultimately signifying nothing, since tout le beltway knows that this

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Friday, January 14, 2011 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Toyota rang in the New Year with a nasty case of déjà vu as seven U.S. auto insurance companies gang-tackled the automaker in court over crashes they claim were caused by a mysterious sudden-acceleration problem. The Los Angeles Times reports that lawsuits filed last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court seek damages in excess

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Full implementation of health care reform isn’t the only 2014 deadline on the horizon. That’s also the year the federal government wants automakers to install backup cameras as standard equipment on all new vehicles, a move strongly backed by the auto insurance industry. Today, only about 20 percent of new vehicles sport the backup camera

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Friday, January 7, 2011 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

I’ve been a dog guy all my life. My two Golden Retrievers are a constant source of love and entertainment as they teach me to be a better human. While owning two Air Buds won’t prevent me from obtaining homeowners insurance, owning other breeds might. I don’t like it, but I understand it. The tragedies

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Thursday, January 6, 2011 1:09 pm
By Ben Edwards · Bankrate.com

Did you make any money mistakes this year? Here are five things I did wrong with my finances that you’ll want to avoid in 2011. 1. Gambling with insurance I breathed a sigh of relief when we moved into a new home in 2010. We loved our old house but it was in a 500-year flood plain

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Friday, December 31, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

As Christmas miracles go, what happened last week in North Carolina totally rocked — as in free diamonds — and insurance made it happen. Well, insurance and more than eight inches of snow. In my Christmas Eve blog, I showcased a festive two-week promotion by Wilmington jeweler Alan Perry, who pledged to refund every purchase

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

I dawdled for several years before I “solved” my life insurance needs with a low-cost term life policy. I say “solved” because I never really felt the door slam or the curtain drop on the whole life insurance issue once I’d studied the insurance rates, compared insurance quotes and signed the contract. For me, it

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Friday, December 24, 2010 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

A snowfall on Christmas Day could mean a $500,000 windfall for lucky jewelry store customers in Asheville, N.C., thanks to a farm-tested specialty insurance product that is catching on in a whole new way these days. Jeweler Alan Perry ran a store promotion at Perry’s Emporium between Nov. 26 and Dec. 11 with a promise

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