Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Friday, September 09, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

When terrorists attacked New York’s World Trade Center 10 years ago this weekend, it was the largest single insurance loss in history, resulting in an estimated $33 billion in insured damages and shaking the insurance industry worldwide. Robert Hartwig, president of the Insurance Information Institute, witnessed firsthand the attacks on what is now known as

Friday, August 19, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

If you want to get something done — or more to the point, undone — in this country, you need a good strawman. Their numbers have been growing lately, especially in the debates over health care reform and state battles over workers’ compensation. A “strawman” is a slang term for a sham argument propped up

Friday, April 15, 2011 9:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Can the zany antics of deadbeat employees who dare to collect workers’ compensation compete with the white-collar humor of “The Office”? We’ll see as production ramps up on “Workers’ Comp,” a new half-hour sitcom now shooting in Florida. I blinked twice at the article about it in Insurance Journal. I mean, what could be funnier

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 10:00 am
By Jay MacDonald · Bankrate.com

Life insurance, health insurance and homeowners insurance companies aren’t the only ones growing impatient with America’s anemic jobs picture. Insurers that cover work-related injuries also are feeling the pinch as more Americans linger longer on workers’ compensation. According to Reuters, at least one workers’ comp specialist, SeaBright, added to reserves last year because of higher medical costs and