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    1. Life Insurance Explained in (Exactly) 250 Words

      Life Insurance Explained in (Exactly) 250 Words

      Short and sweet: here's a quick and dirty guide to life insurance. If your family is still not insured, this summary can help you understand what life insurance can provide for your family. There are many different types of life insurance and some may be better suited for your budget and family needs than others.

      There are many misconceptions out there about life insurance. Get started on better understanding how life insurance can help your family on NerdWallet:

      What life insurance is: a policy that pays out if you die. When you need it: if your death would cause ...

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    2. 10 Smart Insurance Resolutions for 2017

      10 Smart Insurance Resolutions for 2017

      Great tips from the folks at NerdWallet to help you ensure that your insurance is in top shape for the new year ahead. These practical tips can help you make the most of your existing insurance policies as well as help you reduce your risk throughout the year. Less risk could mean fewer claims filed!

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      Insurance is a financial safety net for when life just doesn’t go your way, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore it when things are going well. Here are 10 things you can do in 2017 to strengthen your ...

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    3. The Hidden Factors That Determine Your Life Insurance Rate

      The Hidden Factors That Determine Your Life Insurance Rate

      Is 2017 the year you're finally getting around to getting life insurance to help protect your family? If so, this is great read from NerdWallet on how life insurance rates are calculated.

      There are many factors that go into the pricing of life insurance. Not all policies require a physical, however. Read more on NerdWallet to learn what aspects of your lifestyle could affect your rates:

      By Jason Fisher Learn more about Jason on NerdWallet’s Ask an Advisor As a life insurance agent, my job is to get my clients the coverage they need at the most affordable ...

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    4. The Ins and Outs of Condo Insurance

      The Ins and Outs of Condo Insurance

      Condo insurance can be tricky to understand - it's not quite like homeowners insurance, but not quite like renters insurance either. This article from Nerd Wallet can help your family better understand areas where you may already be covered by your homeowners association's master policy, as well as the areas where you will need to get your own coverage. 

      Unlike homeowners, condo dwellers don’t own the building they live in or the land it sits on. Your condo or homeowners association (HOA) will carry a master policy to insure the building and pay for accidents that occur on ...

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    5. How to Find the Best Travel Insurance

      How to Find the Best Travel Insurance

      With the holidays and new year approaching, your family may be looking to take a trip or two. Before you hit the road or head to the airport, you may want to consider travel insurance to help protect your trip.

      Travel insurance can offer several different coverages to protect you and your family as you travel. Most people are familiar with the trip cancelation aspect of travel insurance, but there are other features that could be valuable for your family.

      NerdWallet breaks down this coverage to help your family understand how travel insurance works:

      There’s nothing like travel to ...

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    6. 5 Football Tailgating Blunders Insurance Will Pay For

      5 Football Tailgating Blunders Insurance Will Pay For

      If you come from a family of football fans, this article is a good read. If you'll be tailgating this football season, you may be opening yourself up to risk. Will your insurance cover those risks?

      Tailgating is lots of fun for the whole family, but all the fun and the grill could cause damage to your car. Here's some tips on what might be covered under your existing insurance policies from NerdWallet:

      Football tailgates offer fans a chance to escape the weekly grind and cut loose in the name of bone-crunching tackles and char-grilled meats. But nothing ...

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    7. 3 Personal Finance Tips for Small-Business Owners

      These are great tips for small business owners in Massachusetts and beyond from NerdWallet.

      Of course, we'd have to add that insurance for both your personal assets and business assets is an important facet of your personal and business finances that should not be overlooked! An insurance agent can help you come up with a protection plan that meets your needs and the needs of your business.

      By Heather Castle, CFP Learn more about Heather on NerdWallet’s Ask an Advisor  As entrepreneurs, many small-business owners are comfortable taking risks. But their business is often their biggest asset, as ...

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    8. 5 Insider Tips for Finding Affordable Long-Term Care Insurance

      Protecting your family isn't just thinking about how to care for your children as they grow. You may also want to look toward the future and make a plan for the older members of your family. One area you should consider is how your family will handle the long-term care of an aging family. Will you or your parents require long-term care insurance as you age? Like many types of insurance, the earlier you start making a plan around long-term care insurance you'll likely be able to find better coverage at a better price.

      Learn more about long-term ...

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    9. Full Results: State Insurance Websites Ranked From Most to Least Helpful to Consumers

      How helpful is the state you live in when it comes to insurance? NerdWallet ranked the top state insurance websites based on several different factors to see which were the most helpful.

      Many states have helpful data that can assist consumers who are searching for new insurance policies or are looking to learn more about insurance from an unbiased party.

      So, how does your state compare? Take a look on NerdWallet: 

      A new NerdWallet analysis looked at the insurance department websites of all 50 states and Washington, D.C., to determine just how helpful they are to consumers. NerdWallet analyzed ...

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    10. A New Parent’s Guide to Life Insurance

      Is your family growing? If so, congratulations! There is so much to do to prepare for baby, from getting all the cute tiny clothes to making sure your family is financially ready for another member. 

      Life insurance can be an important part of your family's financial plan. Life insurance may seem cost-prohibitive or confusing, but it can be more affordable than you may have thought and often the benefits of a policy are attractive for young families. 

      Learn more about getting started with life insurance for your family on NerdWallet:

      The importance of having life insurance grows significantly when ...

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    11. 15 Financial Must-Dos to Prepare for a New Baby

      If your family is growing there are many things you'll want to do to prepare for a new baby. Several of those items are related to your finances, no doubt. This helpful list will give you an overview of what you can do to get ready for baby's arrival.

      Several of the items relate to your insurance policies. You'll want to give your agent a call to ensure that you'll have the right coverage in place once baby comes.

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      Preparing for parenthood isn’t just tiny clothes and heartwarming ultrasound photos; it ...

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    12. Don’t Skimp on Your Insurance

      Sometimes insurance can feel like another expense for your family on an already tight budget. However, insurance can be a lifesaver if ever your family were to need the coverage it provides. This piece, originally posted on NerdWallet, breaks down what types of insurance are important for families to consider and examines the repercussions of skimping on your insurance.

      Skimping on your coverage may not be the most effective way to save money on your insurance policies. Being underinsured could mean the insurance you're paying so much for isn't able to do what you need it to do ...

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    13. 7 Little-Known Benefits of Renters Insurance

      If your family is working toward owning a home and currently in a rental, you may want to consider renters insurance to help protect your personal belongings and liability. Should something happen to your rented home that damages your belongings, renters insurance can help with the cost of replacing your belongings. Read on to learn more about renters insurance on NerdWallet:

      Owning a home is still the American dream for many, but renting has benefits — you don’t have to pay for building upkeep, risk getting underwater on a mortgage or be stuck in one place for too long. But ...

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    14. Find the Best Umbrella Insurance

      Accidents can happen, which is why your family may want to consider an umbrella insurance policy. Umbrella insurance can help protect you financially from situations where you are found legally liable for damages. Whether it's a dog bite or unintentional property damage, umbrella insurance could provide valuable protection for your family.

      Learn more about how your family can find the best umbrella insurance for your needs on NerdWallet:

      Nobody’s perfect. That’s why you buy liability insurance: You can avoid financial ruin if you accidentally cause major injuries or property damage to others. Problem is, your insurance isn ...

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    15. The Thin Line Between Personal and Commercial Auto Insurance

      You don't need to drive a company car to need commercial auto insurance - in fact, there are several ways you could using your car on a usual basis that could be better protected with commercial auto insurance.

      To avoid a coverage gap, check out this article and helpful chart from NerdWallet that outlines the thin line between certain uses of your vehicle that fall under a personal policy or a commercial policy:

      If you don’t operate a fleet of business vehicles — or run a business at all — you may never have given commercial auto insurance a thought. But ...

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    16. 5 Tips to Save on Car Insurance After College

      For those who just graduated, here are some helpful tips to save on auto insurance after college! It is important to get adequate coverage to protect yourself as you are just starting out in your career:

      With all the things to squeeze into a budget after college, you could probably use some breathing space. Saving money on car insurance is one way to get it without reverting to nightly ramen noodles.

      With some mindful shopping you can free up money for other goals, whether it’s to pay down student loans faster or build out a professional wardrobe.

      Here are ...

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    17. 7 Things You Never Knew Car Insurance Would Cover

      Did you know your car insurance can help cover these things for your family?

      When you imagine surprises involving your car insurance, visions of mishandled claims or rate increases may be the first things to spring to mind. But car insurance surprises can be good, too — and none is sweeter than learning you’re covered for costs you thought you’d have to pay yourself.

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    18. Credit Scores Can Impact Auto Insurance Renewals

      Did you know that your credit score can affect your auto insurance? Learn more about the relationship between your credit score and your auto insurance renewals:

      Trying to figure out how auto insurance companies set your rate can be a real head-scratcher. You’re unlikely to crack the formula, but you can be sure that your credit history is part of the equation, unless you live in one of the few states where insurers can’t use it to calculate how much you’ll pay.

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    19. Should I Get Whole Life Insurance or Term Life? Financial Experts Weigh In

      Great advice for families considering life insurance.

      Life insurance policies can be confusing, with complicated rules and arcane language that often make it hard for consumers to understand the costs and benefits. With a little research and expert guidance, though, you can make the right decision that saves you money and creates financial security for your family.

      First, a quick summary. There are two main types of life insurance — term life insurance and permanent life insurance, such as whole life:

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    20. Complete Guide to Buying Earthquake Insurance

      If you live in an area susceptible to earthquakes, you'll want to consider earthquake insurance for your family. Read on to learn more about how to find this valuable coverage:

      Even though earthquakes present a serious threat in several states, earthquake insurance — and how to go about getting it — can be a bit mystifying.

      Standard home insurance doesn’t pay for any damage from earthquakes. Your insurer may offer earthquake insurance as an add-on to your homeowners policy for an extra cost or as a separate policy. In some cases, you may need to find another insurer that sells ...

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    21. Complete Guide to Hurricane Insurance

      As hurricane season begins, it's important that you understand how to protect your family and home from potential damage. Read on to leanr more about hurricane insurance solutions:

      Your home isn’t only where your heart is — it’s where your money is. It’s probably your most valuable investment, which is why you have a homeowners insurance policy to protect it.

      But even the best home insurance won’t pay for every kind of hurricane damage. If you live in hurricane territory, understanding what your homeowners policy will and won’t cover is key to finding the right ...

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    22. Homeowners Insurance Can Help With Yard Damage

      Your homeowners insurance doesn't just protect your home - it can protect your yard and other structures on your land. If you'll be landscaping and adding some lovely flowers to your yard, those could be covered! Be sure to check with your homeowners insurance agent for specific details regarding your family's policy, but check out the ways home insurance typically helps cover your yard:

      As a homeowner, chances are you’ve invested considerable money and time in your yard. So it’s only natural to want insurance protection for your outdoor property just as you have for the ...

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    23. Ranking the Cheapest Cars to Insure

      If you're in the market for a new car, saving on auto insurance for your family could be a simple as buying a car that will lower your rates.

      You pride yourself on being a smart shopper. When you’re looking for a new — or new-to-you — vehicle, you research features and compare prices to make sure you’re getting the best deal. And you might also want to look up average auto insurance premiums for the cars you’re considering. Rates vary, sometimes significantly, depending on the kind of car you drive.

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    24. 9 Kinds of Damage Home Insurance Won’t Cover

      Your family bought home insurance to help protect your home. Do you know what your policy does and doesn't include? Knowing what's excluded from your policy can help you make informed decisions about your home's vulnerabilities. Check out this article for common exclusions and where you can find supplementary coverage.

      Home insurance is a must-have for homeowners who want to protect their investment, and it’s usually required if you have a mortgage. But having home insurance doesn’t mean you’re covered against all problems that can damage your house or drain your savings.

      What is ...

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