It’s a new year, a clean slate, and a fresh beginning: Although we’re nearly two months into 2018, it’s not too late to define your goals for the year and make a plan to accomplish them. While health-related goals like losing weight and eating better seem to top the list of Americans’ most popular New Year’s resolutions, financial fitness is a top goal for many, too. A YouGov survey of 1.2. million Americans revealed 37% of respondents said they want to “spend less money” in 2018, while making better financial decisions was the third-most popular response in survey data compiled by analysts at Statistic Brain.
The most sweeping U.S. tax reform in 30 years became official when the federal tax overhaul passed both houses of Congress and was signed into law by President Donald Trump Dec. 22, 2017. The new law includes several major changes to the Internal Revenue Code and also repeals former President Barack Obama’s health care law, which included an individual mandate for health insurance coverage. Under “Obamacare,” nearly all Americans were required by law to have health insurance or pay a penalty. In 2017, the penalty was $695 per adult and $347.50 per child or 2.5% of one’s household income, whichever was greater.
The ability to handle business transactions via the internet has opened countless doors for owners of small to medium-sized businesses — even those who don’t have a single door for customers to walk through! Yesterday’s brick-and-mortar stores are today’s digital marketplaces, and consumer demand for online commerce is only bolstering the shift.
Businesses are a bit like snowflakes: No two are exactly alike. This means there is no quick and easy formula for assessing potential business insurance risk. A commercial insurance underwriter’s job is to assess the risk of providing insurance to a business owner based on that owner’s type of business, business activities, and claims history. It’s a tedious analytic process, and many business owners don’t understand what underwriters are looking at when their businesses are subject to review.
Life can be complicated. The older we get, the more complex it can become: more assets, more dependents, more decisions to be made in the event our own lives are unexpectedly cut short. If you were suddenly gone tomorrow, would your family be financially secure without your income? The answer may depend on two simple words: life insurance.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or so the song goes. It promises “parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting, and caroling out in the snow.” But in the midst of such seasonal jubilation, don’t fall victim to hidden household dangers that lurk beyond the twinkling lights and perfectly wrapped packages. Filing insurance claims due to preventable property damage or theft is sure to put a damper on holiday cheer. Instead, be aware of common seasonal hazards and take proper measures to keep your home safe and your celebration merry, bright, and insurance-claim-free!
Homes often mirror changes in homeowners’ lives. As families grow or careers takes new paths, homeowners adapt their spaces to accommodate such life events. When they need more space, they make additions or finish basements. And when homeowners found home-based businesses, their homes double as offices.
Dehumidifiers can mitigate moist conditions that cause condensation on windows as well as musty smells, mold, and mildew. Mold flourishes in areas above 65% humidity and can cause breathing problems, skin conditions, and other illnesses. Over time, humidity can also wreak havoc on furniture, appliances, fixtures, and structures. Thus, maintaining proper humidity levels is important for healthy, comfortable living — and a dehumidifier is often the go-to small appliance for handling it.
As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season approaches, it’s easy to get caught up in party planning, shopping, gift wrapping, and home decorating … while forgetting about home winterization. But skipping some simple winter prep steps can lead to high utility bills, costly home repairs, insurance claims, and more. Get your home ready now so you can spend your time and money on the more enjoyable things winter brings.
Images of Florida, Houston, Puerto Rico, and other hurricane-riddled areas serve as powerful reminders that flooding can wreak devastating havoc on property. While water damage from historic weather events like hurricanes may be impossible to prevent, there are proactive measures homeowners can take to protect their homes from isolated water damage that typical seasonal rainfall or snowmelt can cause. And proper insurance coverage can add an additional layer of protection.
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