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Don’t let presumed costs deter your insurance decisions

By webteam | June 25, 2019 | Comments Off on Don’t let presumed costs deter your insurance decisions

The No. 1 reason to purchase an insurance policy is to cover expenses that would otherwise create a financial hardship for you or your family. Many policies are often employer-sponsored, but if you don’t have access to affordable options or would like to review potential financial vulnerabilities that could be covered by insurance, please give…

Efforts Growing to Address Mental Health Issues

By webteam | June 18, 2019 | Comments Off on Efforts Growing to Address Mental Health Issues

Although mental illness has long been stigmatized, fortunately, things are beginning to change. Starting this year, dozens of health systems are adopting widespread solutions to address mental health conditions, including untreated depression, teen suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).1 Here are some startling statistics:2   As of 2016, 44.7 million American adults had experienced a…

All About Homeowners Insurance

By webteam | June 11, 2019 | Comments Off on All About Homeowners Insurance

According to Zurich North America’s chief claims officer, natural hazards are more common and more damaging than in the past. The time to act and reduce future risk is now, particularly when it comes to nationwide infrastructure. For example, U.S. roads and bridges were simply not built for the severity and frequency of storms and…

Notes on Social Security

By webteam | June 4, 2019 | Comments Off on Notes on Social Security

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports that Social Security beneficiaries have lost $6.7 million in two months resulting from a new, highly effective scam. This is how it works: Someone calls you and says they are with the Social Security Administration (SSA), stating they regret to inform you that your Social Security payments have been…

The Future of AI in Health Care

By webteam | May 21, 2019 | Comments Off on The Future of AI in Health Care

Artificial intelligence (AI) is not just for Amazon’s Alexa anymore. Health care patients are starting to see more mainstream uses of AI-enabled tools, such as:1  Robot-assisted surgery  Virtual nursing assistants that stay in contact with both patients and providers Connected health management devices that you can download on your smartphone, wear on your body or…

Take Another Look at Life Insurance

By webteam | May 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Take Another Look at Life Insurance

Today, more Americans are getting their life insurance through their employer rather than purchasing a policy on the individual market, according to LIMRA, an industry market research firm.1 At the same time, fewer employers are offering life insurance as a benefit. LIMRA research showed 23 percent fewer employers offered life insurance in 2017 compared with…

The population remains mobile as extreme weather knocks large regions

By webteam | May 7, 2019 | Comments Off on The population remains mobile as extreme weather knocks large regions

These days people are more transient, less grounded by geographical roots and familial connections. Perhaps we have become more willing to move when life throws us lemons — choosing to make lemonade somewhere else. Economists track migration trends, and cities watch such data closely. One recent study by real estate brokerage Redfin revealed that the…

Tax Season Has Arrived

By webteam | April 30, 2019 | Comments Off on Tax Season Has Arrived

One of the key principles of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was that reforms were rendered so simple that taxpayers could complete their form 1040 on a postcard. Last summer, the IRS unveiled a new tax return postcard just for this purpose.1 The reality, however, is that taxes are never simple, and simplicity…

The Art of Being Happy

By webteam | April 23, 2019 | Comments Off on The Art of Being Happy

When are we happiest? A new study by the Resolution Foundation reveals that the two ages when people tend to be their happiest are 16 and 70.1 This makes sense when you think about it. Sixteen is often the first time children get a taste of independence — they’re old enough to drive and yet…

Navigating your finances as a couple

By webteam | April 16, 2019 | Comments Off on Navigating your finances as a couple

Tax season is a good time for couples to get on the same page regarding household finances. Now that you’ve filed your 2018 taxes, take time to think about how you can better work together with your spouse as you navigate 2019. Particularly for those who file jointly, it’s important for both spouses to understand…

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