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Should You Buy Flood Insurance?

Anywhere rain can fall, a flood can follow. Obviously, flooding is more likely in certain areas — such as near rivers and coasts — than in others. But low risk doesn’t mean no risk. Floods can occur even in seemingly
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SMI on the Radio: Preparing Financially for Long-Term Care

How would you cover the cost of long-term care? It's a question most people can't answer, and understandably so. The cost of care is high, and rates for long-term care insurance have risen sharply.  On yesterday's
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Long-Term Care Insurance Rate Hikes Continue

MassMutual is the latest among many long-term care insurance (LTCI) providers to announce significant rate increases for existing policyholders. The company recently announced plans to seek a whopping 77% rate hike that
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Fixed Index Annuities: Understanding the Drawbacks

Imagine an investment with the stock market’s upside potential, but the downside protection of a bank CD. You can gain but not lose. Interested? That’s the marketing angle of the fixed index annuity (FIA), an
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Healthcare-Sharing Ministries and Medicare

In response to our November-issue article Bridging the Gap: Covering What Medicare Doesn’t Pay, a reader asked for a follow-up piece on “using a Christian health sharing plan as a supplement to Medicare.” We’re happy to
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Bridging the Gap: Covering What Medicare Doesn’t Pay

Many people assume Medicare pays for all medical expenses of America’s seniors. That isn’t the case and never has been. The program — modified only slightly since being launched more than a half-century ago in 1965 — was
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Getting in Shape in 2017 With a ‘Fiscal Health Day’

Several years ago, when New York Times personal-finance writer Ron Lieber was furloughed for a few days, he responded in true personal-finance expert fashion. By devoting one of his unpaid days off to taking care of a list
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If You Become Disabled, Is Your Income Protected?

Disability insurance may seem like just one more layer of protection you don’t really want to pay for. However, as when considering all forms of insurance, it’s wise to ask yourself, “What if?” In this case, what if you
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Do You Need Rental-Car Insurance?

With the summer vacation season around the corner, soon you may find yourself standing at a rental-car counter engaged in a potentially awkward conversation about insurance coverage. The rental-car agent may tell you there
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Do You Need Umbrella Liability Insurance?

Start investigating the subject of “umbrella” liability insurance and it won’t be long before you hear this phrase: “It’s only a couple hundred dollars per year for $1 million of coverage.” While it may sound like you get
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