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21 September 2012

Will Google Bring Comparison Shopping for Car Insurance to the U.S.?

Jon Kelly, Posted in News

Will Google Bring Comparison Shopping for Car Insurance to the U.S.?

Coverhound's Rory Joyce wrote an in-depth piece today about Google's entry into the UK car insurance comparison market on the blog SEO Book.  Specifically Joyce addressed whether or not Google is likely to enter the U.S. with a similar product.  His conclusion: no.

I encourage everyone to check out Joyce's article and weigh in.

 

20 September 2012

Affordable Care Act Penalties Will Affect More Than Intended

Aric Mitchell, Posted in News

Affordable Care Act Penalties Will Affect More Than Intended

Is it a broken promise or an honest miscalculation?

The answers you hear will vary depending on which side of the political spectrum you’re listening to, but one thing is for certain: the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will cost lower income families more than originally intended.

19 September 2012

Insurance Hacks for Helping Children Achieve Financial Independence in Tepid Economy

Aric Mitchell, Posted in News

NASDAQ Report on Assisting Children Out of the Nest

How do parents who may be strapped for cash themselves help their children achieve financial independence in this economy?

A recent article on the website of the NASDAQ Stock Exchange shed light on the subject with highlights including provision of inheritance through life insurance, tapping a life insurance policy’s cash value for extra support, keeping children on health and auto insurance plans into adulthood, purchasing a life insurance policy for a child at birth, and buying long-term care insurance to protect assets from inheritance taxes. 

18 September 2012

Allstate Insurance Launches the Life Tracks Poll

Aric Mitchell, Posted in News

Allstate Insurance Launches the Life Tracks Poll

Allstate Insurance released its inaugural Life Tracks Poll on Tuesday (Sept. 18) and revealed that most Americans believe life insurance is a financially responsible decision (around 70%). The goal of the Allstate life tracks poll is to monitor where Americans are in planning for their financial futures throughout the various stages of life. Full results are available at the company website, but following are some of the highlights.

17 September 2012

Health Insurance Costs on the Rise for Small Businesses

Aric Mitchell, Posted in News

Health Insurance Costs on the Rise for Small Businesses

Health insurance costs for small businesses continue to rise, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report released in September. According to the study, employer-sponsored health insurance programs for both large and small employers are rising in costs from a 4% increase in 2011 for family plans. Small businesses are feeling the worst of it, with rates going up around 8% for family coverage and 5% for individuals.

13 September 2012

DSW Judgment Highlights Growing Need for Cyber Insurance

Aric Mitchell, Posted in News

DSW Judgment Highlights Growing Need for Cyber Insurance

Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW) was awarded a $6.8 million judgment on Wednesday in its fight to uphold a cyber insurance policy for the recent hacking incident that compromised data for more than 1.4 million credit card users, The Columbus Dispatch reported on Thursday (Sept. 13). 

The incident should serve as a reminder of how important it is for companies to add this coverage type.

10 September 2012

GEICO Rolls Out Lowered Rates for New York Commercial Auto Coverages

Aric Mitchell, Posted in News

GEICO Rolls Out Lowered Rates for New York Commercial Auto Coverages

The state of New York could use some good news in the insurance department. In August, a report noted that health insurance premiums for the self-insured can rise to as much as $100,000 annually. Hoping to help with skyrocketing costs of insurance, such as these, GEICO has rolled out a plan to lower commercial auto insurance for a number of New Yorkers.

06 September 2012

Health Insurance in 2014: Kansas

Aric Mitchell, Posted in News

Health Insurance in 2014: Kansas

Kansas is running out of time, according to State Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger. While other states, such as California, are locking in their styles of health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, which takes effect in 2014, Kansas is still playing the "wait and see" game with the presidential election. This news comes as no surprise to most, since Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has been such an opponent of the law.

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