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Question of the Day: Health Insurance

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Here’s today’s Question of the Day: How much did your health insurance premiums go up this year over last year? Our premium went up 9.07% over last year. The trend over the last ten years was much higher, as you can see from this graphic: I’m not sure what happened in 2008 to cause premiums […]

Life Insurance Ownership at a 50-Year Low

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

The poor economy has led Americans to cut corners on their life insurance—at levels not seen in half a century, according to a new study. Only 44% of U.S. households have individual life insurance, according to the latest Trends in Life Insurance Ownership, a study conducted every six years by Limra, the investment research company. […]

A Few Tips for Saving Money on Car Insurance When You Have a Teen Driver

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

The other day I called our insurance company with a question about our policy. While I had the agent on the phone, I asked them to give me an idea of what our insurance rate would be once our oldest son starts driving (about a year from now). After asking me a few routine questions, […]

Advice on How to Get Your Medical Care Claims Paid

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Longtime AFM reader, Don, volunteered to write a post detailing his experience in dealing with medical bills and insurance companies. It would be worth your time to read this. Thanks to Don for writing this. The financial consequences of a significant medical event. In February of 2004, my wife suffered a thrombophilic stroke, which is […]

Check Out Allan Roth’s Insurance Investing Challenge

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Allan Roth sent me a link to a post he wrote detailing an insurance investing challenge between Allan and an insurance salesguy. Pretty interesting article (and comments).

Homeowners Insurance Renewal…Yuck!

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

I received our homeowner’s insurance renewal this afternoon. Our new annual premium is… $2,072!!!!! Yes, I realize that we live on the Gulf Coast and that our area has been hit with two hurricanes in 3 years. But…we have never filed a claim. Never. Looking through our old insurance renewals, I noticed a trend: 2005 […]

I Like Safeway’s Health Plan!

Friday, June 26th, 2009

I read about this Kimberly Strassel column about Safeway’s health plan last week and meant to mention it but forgot. As recently as 2004, Safeway was suffocating under health-care costs growing at 10% a year. Mr. Burd, who had long been intellectually and politically drawn to the health-care issue, decided it was time to hit […]

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