Insurance Blog

Friday, October 1, 2010 7:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Most of us think of insurance as an expense instead of an investment. That’s understandable considering that it ranks right up there with mortgage payments and taxes as a major financial outlay each year. Even when we reap a “return” via a claim on our auto insurance, homeowners insurance or health insurance, we rarely see

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010 7:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

It’s late September here in Florida and the category storms heading our way from Africa are lined up in the Atlantic like seniors at the Early Bird Special, eyeing our tantalizing shores. Florida, you may have heard, is desperately trying to stabilize its housing market, which has been swamped, so to speak, with foreclosures.  The

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Friday, September 24, 2010 7:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Here’s a fun exercise: pull your writing hand as far away from your body as possible, make a fist, then drive that fist as hard as you can into the side of your face. That’s precisely what a Who’s Who of major insurance companies did this week when they stopped selling health insurance policies for

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010 7:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

When we consider insurance, we tend to focus on the physical: our homes, our vehicles and our bodies. And certainly, homeowners insurance, auto insurance, health insurance and life insurance form a pretty good  goal-line defense against life’s unpredictable offense. But businesses of all sizes today face a threat they can neither touch nor see: cyber

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Friday, September 17, 2010 7:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Now that school is back in session, it’s time once again for that popular full-contact family sport: Prod my high school student to school on time. Air horns ready? Tasers on full? Good. Let’s move ‘em out! But be careful what you ask for, lest your zombielike student driver exact a costly revenge on your

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010 7:15 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

“I’m from the government and I’m here to help you.” America’s small businesses have heard that song so often that when a rare government program does happen along that actually puts money in their pocket, such as the health insurance reforms mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), they are understandably skeptical. A new

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Friday, September 10, 2010 7:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

It’s an increasingly common scenario around the country: a driver causes an accident, their auto insurance pays the claim, and weeks later, the motorist receives a bill for hundreds, perhaps thousands of dollars for local emergency police and fire responders called to the scene. An accident response fee, nicknamed the “crash tax” by irate auto

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010 7:15 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Corporate CEOs may be stingy when it comes to sharing profits, but they’re apparently more than happy to share the rising costs of health insurance with their workers. The annual survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational Trust finds that workers are shouldering an ever larger share of their health

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Friday, September 3, 2010 7:15 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Remember those entertaining Nationwide TV commercials that ended with the punch line, “Life comes at you fast?” That gray-haired Fabio rowing the gondola beneath the Bridge of Sighs was some Mad man’s subtle reminder that life insurance, home insurance, auto insurance and health insurance only seem inert and boring until we need them. Unfortunately, the very pace

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010 7:15 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Are you ready for some football? Let’s see: Homeowners insurance for the big kickoff party? Check. NFL TV package? Check. HD home Jumbotron? Check. Signed team jersey? Check. Fantasy football insurance? Uh … check! Just as the Dom Perignon-sipping NFL team owners and general managers insure against season-ending injuries to their star players, participants in the

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