Questions tagged [insurance]

The promise that something will be paid in case of loss. Used to cover important items and reduce personal risk. This tag covers how to get it, how to keep it, what kind, and why you should have it.

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For very high-net worth individuals, does it make sense to not have insurance?

Various types of insurance (health, car, life) protect you from relatively low probability but very expensive events in life (cancer, serious car accident, etc.) For the average person, it makes sense ...
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Why buy insurance?

I don't understand why people buy insurances when they know that odds are is not their favor. Is it not better bet to stay uninsured, and save money? I am not talking about house insurance. About ...
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Tenant claims they paid rent in cash and that it was stolen from a mailbox. What should I do?

I own a duplex, live in half, and rent out the other half to college students. I have just made a mistake that cost me $750. One of my tenants was late paying her rent. I'd thought it was still late, ...
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Does it make sense to insure something when you could financially bear its loss?

I'm wondering whether it makes sense to insure something if its loss would not be life-changing. I want to buy a boat to live on while I attend university. It would cost about 10,000 dollars and my ...
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Are small insurances worth it?

Small insurances like phone insurance, tire insurance, etc. Are these worth it? In general I always have a bad gut feeling about any insurance. I just don't like the idea of paying for stuff I never ...
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1 year old car is dead, called the car dealer they can fix it only if I can bring it, what should I do?

I have a new Toyota Prius (2017 model), bought between 12-13 months ago. The car recently has gone totally mad (Ironically 1 week after the service). So I arranged a booking to get it checked out, ...
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Why does Geico ask me not to reveal the limits of my liability coverage in case of a car accident?

I read on my "Evidence of Liability Insurance card" issued by Geico in California, US: What to do at the time of an accident: […] Do not reveal the limits of your liability coverage to anyone. Why ...
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Is insurance worth it if you can afford to replace the item? If not, when is it?

I am talking here exclusively about insurance for items (not for health or other type of insurance where lives and liability are at risk). Let's say I have a 1-year old Macbook (costs $2000+tax new) ...
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Is life insurance a financially sound safety net?

I'm the sole provider of a household of two - myself and my wife. I make enough to keep us both afloat, with a sizeable chunk of luxury on the side. For practical numbers, I am a month away from ...
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Insurance company sent me huge check instead of pharmacy. Now what?

I received a $20,000 check from my insurance company that was supposed to go to my specialty pharmacy. It's made out to me. Since it was obviously a mistake, I called the pharmacy, and they said to ...
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Car insurance (UK) excludes commute to and from work, will not pay on claim during non-commute

My girlfriend was recently involved in a crash where both parties are claiming it was not their fault. She took out a policy with an insurance company called GoSkippy whose brokers are Eldon ...
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Why do people buy insurance even if they have the means to overcome the loss?

Insurance companies are businesses and their goal is to make money. It follows that if you are neither lucky nor unlucky, you will end up in the long run losing money by stipulating an insurance. I ...
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The mortgage company is trying to force us to make repairs after an insurance claim

We had some hail damage to our roof and deck after a bad storm and made a claim with our insurance company. The damage was in the 5 figure range, but the estimate for the deck was only a couple of ...
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Auto premium increasing with aging vehicle and no new tickets

I have just received a new auto insurance bill for the next six months for my comprehensive insurance. It is about 8% higher than the previous six months whereas I have had no new moving infractions ...
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Do I need life insurance if I can cover my own funeral costs?

I'm fairly well off and could cover the cost of a funeral out of personal savings and investments. I'm also single, in my late 20s, and live alone. Unfortunately, my family (parents and siblings) aren'...
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How can life insurance possibly work as investment?

Every here and there I hear about the following investment option: There's an insurance company that is willing to take my money and hold it for some very long time (like 5 years or more) and then ...
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Why do people take out life insurance on their children? Should I take out a policy on my child?

I've always found those flyers that the schools send home in September contemptible. But maybe I'm the one in the dark...? If the purpose of life insurance is to replace a wage-earner's income in ...
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Health insurance coverage canceled due to mistake. Can it be corrected?

My medical insurance coverage through my spouse's employer was terminated because my spouse mistakenly checked the wrong box during the annual open enrollment. I've been on my husband's insurance ...
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If I let a friend drive my car for a day should I tell my insurance company?

If you have a friend visiting from out of state and you let them drive your car to a museum or something, as a one-off thing, I think it's a little impractical to let your insurance provider know that ...
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How much should I fund an HSA? Is there a danger in over-funding one?

I'm reviewing my options for health insurance during open enrollment and one of them is a HDHP/HSA option. I hear these are best for young people without chronic conditions etc. I think I fall into ...
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Why should I invest my money in a life insurance policy?

As i am 24 now i get lot of calls from lot of insurance companies asking to take up an insurance policy.... So i decided to get answers for some of my questions in basicallymoney... Why should i ...
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Was my insurance technically cancelled?

A few weeks ago I received a cancellation notice effective two weeks from then for my home insurance because of a single occurrence of a lack of funds. I immediately paid the balance due and had the ...
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What to do with expired cards (credit, debit, insurance cards, …)

I wonder if it is safe to throw away expired cards (credit cards, debit cards, health insurance cards) with name and card/account/ID number as trash. Even if other people have them, will they be able ...
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How does retroactive COBRA coverage work?

I'm voluntarily leaving my job at the end of this month for a new position in a couple of weeks. At my new job, I have health care coverage effective my first day of work. My current coverage ...
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Insuring a girlfriend's motorcycle

My girlfriend has a motorcycle that she bought a few months ago with a loan (she put down $2k and now her payments are ~$82 a month). A few months later, she realized that she cannot keep the bike ...
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Does the following kind of retirement product exist?

Say I am 65 and want to retire and I have saved up $1 million over my lifetime. I also want to use this money up before I die because I have no heirs. Let's say the average life span of humans is 85 ...
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When does it make sense to cancel collision and comprehensive auto insurance?

I have owned my car for about 8 years now and have had collision and comprehensive auto insurance the whole time. The starting value of the car was around $20K. The trade-in value is currently ~$6K (~$...
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Buying insurance (extended warranty or guarantee) on everyday goods / appliances?

I have a practice of never buying insurance except when the law demands, such as car insurance, or when the loss would be too great to bear, such as house insurance, and this policy has saved me a lot ...
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How to best insure my phone?

I just bought a smartphone. Family plan with wife and parents. The salesmen were trying to push an insurance plan, but with just a quick look down the exclusions it's pretty restrictive. At $8 per ...
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The doctor didn't charge the health insurance in time, am I liable?

I got a bill for an emergency room visit for one of my kids. It was the weekend and that was where the insurance told us to go. Luckily no stitches needed. Fast forward 7 months and I get a bill ...
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What are the practical implications of buying a house in a high Earthquake risk area?

I am purchasing a house in Indio California, that is described as being in an high risk Earthquake area. That sounds scary but the actual stats for the area are less so: Nearest Earthquake: 2.9 ...
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Do I need ID theft Insurance?

Identity theft insurance? Dave Ramsey says yes. Consumer reports (CR) says no. The complication is that Dave recommends an identity theft insurance from Zander Insurance, where as CR says to say no ...
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How can rebuilding a city/large area be considered an economic boost?

After the Sendai earthquake, news sites say that rebuilding the city will be an "economic boost" for Japan. Okay, great for construction companies, but the government and insurance companies are ...
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Why does my car insurance premium go up when I remove my wife?

I was messing around with my car insurance policy to see if I could get my premium to go down a little bit, so I was just curious; How much is my wife making my premium go up? As it stood, my ...
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What's the difference between Term and Whole Life insurance?

How would one decide which is most appropriate? Are there tax or benefits differences that one offers over the other?
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What will the penalties be for someone without insurance after Affordable Care Act takes effect?

If I currently don't have health insurance will I have to buy a plan? If I do not what will the penalties be?
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What is title insurance, and should I get title insurance for my home?

I have just sold my house and bought a new one. The lawyer I am working with to do all the necessary paperwork has sent me something about "Title Insurance". I am not quite sure exactly what this is....
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What kind of company is USAA?

I'm a member with USAA. My membership eligibility is based on family membership. I'm a little bit confused about what kind of company USAA is. I have the general idea that it is a company that ...
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At what age should I consider buying long term care insurance?

An oft overlooked, but important insurance product that has the ability to protect us from a reasonably likely and fiscally devastating event, Long Term Care insurance seems like something I am out to ...
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What is long-term care insurance ? How does long-term care insurance work?

What is long-term care insurance? How does long-term care insurance work? Who should consider getting long-term care insurance and why?
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How does a tuition insurance payment affect 529 withdrawals?

Qualified college tuition and expenses were paid from a 529 plan in 2014. The school sent a 1098-T and the 529 plan sent a 1099-Q and everything was fine on my 2014 taxes. In 2015 my child has left ...
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Should I get renter's insurance?

I'm thinking about getting a renter's insurance policy. Here's my question: What should I consider when deciding to get it or not? Edited to add: Is it a good idea to get renter's insurance? I'm ...
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How important is disability insurance, e.g. long-term, LTD? Employer offers none

How important is it to have disability insurance? My employer does not provide it. I work in the web development business.
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When is an event worth insuring against?

Inspired by another question, what factors should generally be considered when deciding whether or not to insure yourself against events with a financial impact? The linked answer makes mention of ...
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What's the reason I can't have insurance with more than one company?

Excuse my pure ignorance on this matter, I barely understand the basics of any insurance. When I first moved to the UK years ago I have been told that I can't have life, health, car, contents ...
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Can mortgage insurance replace PMI?

I recently bought my first house, and admittedly have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to home financing. I did not put down 20% so I have to have PMI until I pay off the principal up to 20%. ...
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How to value employee benefits?

How should I value benefits such as health insurance and employee stock purchase plans when I'm comparing jobs? I'd like a conversion to dollars so I can fairly compare them to jobs with only direct ...
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Homeowners: How can you protect yourself from a financial worst-case scenario?

Say your a home-owner, a first time buyer. You've just got your first flat and your about 1 year into your 25 year mortgage. Suddenly, something goes wrong with your job, and your made redundant (...
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How does unemployment insurance work?

I hear people on the radio going on about emergency funds to cover job loss, and I'm wondering how unemployment insurance factors into this. I've never applied for UI, let alone received it, and I'm ...
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How do I get into the over-the-counter derivatives gravy train

Some philosopher, or banker once said: "If you can't fight them, join them". After reading Matt Taibbi's last two pieces on Rolling Stone on how banks have obtained certain rights to sell hot air ...