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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Lower Auto Insurance

Revise coverage on old vehicles

For the older car that is free of finance, it may be worth revising the insurance coverage for collision only. This is the type of protection that is required if damage is coursed to a third-party vehicle. In many cases, this simple step can help to make a useful saving on the cost of insurance.

Use a single insurance company

Try to use a single insurance company for multiple policies, such as auto, home, travel, etc. A benefit of this is the ability to gain a multi-line discount, which is usually in the region of 10-15% of the total annual premium.

Careful driving

There are plenty of insurance policies that offer incentives for a lower premium. One of these incentives is a proven record of careful driving, which can include staying out of accidents and avoid speeding. This has the potential to give a further discount on the annual premium of about 5-7.5%. Also, by avoiding any traffic violations over a period of 3 years; it is possible to get a further deduction of costs.

Increase the deductible

A further simple step to control the costs is to increase the deductible amount. This is the first amount paid by the policy holder at the time of making a claim. By increasing the deductible from $250 to $500, there is the potential to make a substantial difference. The deductible can even be increased to an amount like $1,000, which should go a long way to control the insurance premium. But, it is sensible to only raise the deductible to an amount that is affordable, and easily payable in the event of needing to make an insurance claim.

Taking Out Life Insurance

  1. That you buy your insurance from a company that has a good reputation. A broker is important in this and should be a reputable one as well. If you use a company, you should know what you want otherwise you would need a broker to explain all the details to you. You could find out who is reputable by calling the registry board in your country or area. All the providers as well as brokers have to be registered.
  1. It is important that you do know exactly what you are in need of. You cannot venture into taking out too much. The broker’s job (or the company) is there to help you with calculating the costs of your insurance. They would look at what you currently have in place and would then calculate what you need is.
  1. In discussing your needs, especially for the life cover, you should make sure that you do not omit any necessary information. It will adversely affect the payout at the end, if it is discovered that you were a smoker and that you had been suffering with ill health that resulted in your death.
  1. Ensure that you provide the policy with a beneficiary. If the policy does not have a beneficiary, the policy will not be paid out directly to your family, it will be paid into the estate. It could take months for the estate to be wrapped up. It does not have to be one beneficiary only. If you do not have any family members, you could nominate any charity of your liking.
  1. The most important aspect is that you should do, is to know exactly what is in the content of the policy. This you can only know if you read it carefully, and that would include the fine print. If anything is unclear, you should contact the provider or the broker who assisted you. By reading the document, you are clear that all you asked for are included, that you are paying the right premium and whether there is a waiting period.

All about Flood Insurance Fallacies

Having flood insurance is the only way to be somewhat safe when it comes to your home protecting your home from water damage. Across the United States, only about 20% of the homes that are at risk for flooding are covered by some type of flood insurance. Most major private coverage providers do not want to insure people against flooding because of adverse selection. This means that the number of people who are making claims against flooding damage is greater than the number of people who want to protect their homes from the possibility of flood damage, so private insurers see this as something that will not bring them any profit.

However, in certain flood prone areas, the government requires that flood insurance be purchased in order to secure mortgage loans from federally accredited agencies. This coverage does not go into effect until thirty days after the policy has been purchased, unless the person lives in a floodplain. This purchase of flood coverage, provided by the government, went into effect in 1968 under the National Flood Insurance Program. Many people have criticized this program because it helps people rebuild in areas that are vulnerable to flooding, without any of their premiums ever going up. Homes and areas that were flooded over twenty times are still able to be covered without the threat of rising premiums.

Flooding is defined as inundation of an area of two or more acres, or two or more properties that are usually dry land. Flooding can be brought on by hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, levee breaches, and other natural disasters. Unfortunately, if flooding occurs due to an earthquake, the damage from flooding is not covered by the earthquake insurance. Flood damage is not covered under any other type of policy a homeowner could hold.

Legal Action in Financial Plan

Personally legal problems happen to people when they get a traffic ticket, when they buy a good or service that was represented as one thing but delivered as something completely different and when they too sign a contract that is worded in a way to give them little room to fight back if a deal falls apart.

Of course too, there is the fact that anyone could get sued for any reason.

Financial planning is the process of accumulating, distributing and transferring wealth. However, many financial planning practitioners fail to address the legal needs of their client in order to protect their wealth in the first place.

For those financial planners who are working with the top 10% of the population, there is a good chance that these clients have their own personal attorney’s that they work with. These attorneys can charge anywhere between $150-1000 an hour depending their specialty and location.

What I have seen is that many of the very wealthiest or those who have substantial businesses will always council with their lawyers on any important legal matter. They understand that the largest companies in the world have massive legal departments who look at every angle to give their firm an edge. In order to compete and protect themselves, understanding legal consequences of any important business decision is a must.

However, these fee’s can deter many of wealthiest of individuals from counseling with them before they make any important decision. More than likely, they have not had a big enough problem to justify spending money to get advise. Like everything in life, people tend to need to experience their own mistakes in order to justify additional costs. So instead, many will make a decisions and “wing it” hoping nothing bad will happen.

People who haven’t acquired wealth yet and are in the middle class. Forget it! Most of them are struggling to make ends meet meaning that they will never spend money to consult an attorney to keep themselves out of trouble. Some have friends or family members who are attorneys that they can occasionally ask for help but usually this only happens after they find themselves in big trouble.