Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Tuesday, August 09, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Remember the classic sales contest scene from “Glengarry Glen Ross”: First prize is a Cadillac Eldorado, second prize is a set of steak knives and third prize is you’re fired? That’s the game a group of Allstate agents says the insurance giant is playing with their livelihoods. According to Insurance Journal, the National Association of

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 10:38 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Flood flash: State Farm is opting out of the National Flood Insurance Program, or NFIP. In a June 9 news release, one of the nation’s largest home insurance underwriters said it will cease writing new flood insurance policies as a participant in NFIP’s “Write Your Own” program beginning Oct. 1. State Farm said its agents will continue

Tuesday, June 01, 2010 9:18 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Here in Florida, if you’re nautical by nature, you can get a rush just walking the docks and checking out the clever names on the sterns of the pleasure fleet. Naturally, Jimmy Buffett references rule down here, with 5 O’Clock Somewhere, A Pirate (or Parrot) Looks at 40, Changes in Latitude, Shaker of Salt and

Thursday, May 13, 2010 2:02 pm
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

If you’ve paid out-of-pocket for auto expenses or insurance deductibles as a result of the recent Toyota safety recall, your auto insurance company may have your back — and a check. That is, if it can prove that your Toyota’s runaway accelerator caused the damage to your wallet. According to the Associated Press, at least