Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 10:40 am
By Crissinda Ponder ·

Do you live in one of the states with the most tornado claims?

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 6:05 am
By Jay MacDonald ·

Remote-controlled aerial drones may one day perform the dangerous work of claims adjusting.

Friday, July 12, 2013 6:03 pm
By Christina Memorio ·

Hurricane season is here, and other disasters are threatening, too. Time to create a disaster recovery plan.

Friday, August 24, 2012 6:00 am
By Kim Fulscher ·

You’ve made it to Friday! Here are more tips for your natural and financial disaster plans.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 9:53 am
By Kim Fulscher ·

Is your family ready for a natural disaster? How about a financial disaster? Bankrate has you covered for both.

Thursday, September 08, 2011 4:44 pm
By Kay Bell ·

The Labor Day weekend in Texas was horrible. In case you missed it, much of my home state is on fire. The largest wildfire is southeast of Austin in Bastrop County. It was a lovely area, with small communities sprinkled among the Central Texas hills and forests. I say “was” because much of the area

Friday, September 02, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald ·

As predicted, Hurricane Irene developed into the “perfect storm,” an enormous, lumbering continent-sized sponge from hell that seemed to soak up half the Atlantic Ocean and redistribute it with disastrous effect from the Carolinas to the Canadian border. Experts predict that Irene could rank as one of the 10 costliest natural disasters in U.S. history,

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 11:42 am
By Jay MacDonald ·

The 5.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked Virginia and rattled the Eastern Seaboard Tuesday shook more than the floorboards: It also awakened millions of Americans to the fact that their homeowners insurance likely does not cover earthquakes. As homeowners in California and other quake-prone states well know, earthquakes are generally excluded from a standard homeowners insurance policy,

Tuesday, July 12, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald ·

Talk about irony: It is entirely conceivable that we will look back on the Great Recession as the good old days — of homeowners insurance rates, that is. Despite a passing nod to the recession that saw a rare 3.8 percent decrease in national average premiums to $791 in 2008, homeowners insurance rate averages rose to

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

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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