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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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 dump whole life insurance?

I'm 5 years into my whole life policy with NWM and realizing that its just not a good investment. I've put in about 25k and now have 17k in cash value. I would like to take out that 17k and invest it ...
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How many assets do you need before you should buy an umbrella insurance policy?

I've heard of umbrella policies before and I've seen some questions about them on the site, but I don't know how many assets you need before an umbrella policy is worth it. Does $50K of assets ...
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Change in health care deductible with newborn

My wife has health coverage (different from mine) through her employer. Her deductible is $1300. In May my daughter was born. Until then my wife incurred a lot of expenses and met the deductible. ...
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Claiming loss of income due to water damage in residence

I have been recently required to vacate my residence due to flooding. The ceilings, floors and fittings need to be removed from the bathroom, kitchen and hallway, rendering the property uninhabitable ...
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How does an insurance policy's Six Month Premium work?

So, I'm wondering... How does an insurance policies Six Month Premium work? Say full coverage would cost me $200/month and liability would cost me $100/month, but I decided to get full coverage and ...
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How does visibility of a house from the road or neighbors effect home owners insurance costs?

When applying for home insurance I was asked: Is the house visible from the road? Is the house visible from neighbors' houses? How are the answers to these questions likely to change the ...
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How do I judge if I am being made a fair offer by a car insurance company?

My girlfriend got into an accident with her (registered under my name) 2003 Honda civic. She was pulling out of the drive way (taking a right, basically parallel to the road) and got hit on the ...
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Do we have to pay insurance while on short term disability?

My wife is about to go on short term disability for 3 weeks for maternity leave. Her work is telling her that we need to keep enough money in our account to cover her insurance premiums while she is ...
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Should I car share or buy a car?

I recently got a job that pays 25k€ a year (I get 1.5k€/month after taxes I live in a heavily taxed country). My company will pay me my master's and engineering degree that I begin in september at ...
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Downside to large deposit instead of insurance policy?

On VRBO (and perhaps others) there is an option to either pay $79 for an insurance policy covering $3000 in damage to the property or place a deposit for the same amount: Assuming that... The rental ...
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flex spending when transitioning from full time to perdiem

I am moving from a full time position with health benefits and $2500 in flex spending to a perdiem position. I gave my notice to decrease from full time to perdiem without benefits as of 7/6/15. How ...
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Should I report driving tickets on my international driving permit to insurance companies

I have an international driving permit I got from India for driving into United States. I have 2 tickets on it in US. Now that I have got my own driving permit in US, should I report to insurance ...
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Is my car overinsured if my net worth is high enough?

My net worth is approx. 200k (distributed in checking for emergency, bonds indices for bigger emergency, and stocks for retirement) and I make between 15k-35k per year (it varies). I've been accident-...
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Can my mortgage company force me to buy condo hazard insurance?

I live in the United States and have a mortgage for my condominium. After 10 years under my current policy, I suddenly received a letter from the lender, saying "A review of our records indicates we ...
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Do I need to insure a large check when sending via mail?

My girlfriend has a bank account that is on hold because of a stolen debit card number. She recently signed a contract for 90k but has the first check in my name for 60k. She is stuck in London for a ...
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Does liability auto insurance protect any of your assets?

I'm confused about the Liability auto insurance. Some online resources appear to say that you must have as much liability insurance as the total value of all your assets, whereas others just say to ...
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FHA loan just commenced : Any way to get any of the up-front mortgage insurance back?

Background : I ended up in a nasty situation where my FHA lender had over 7 weeks to prepare, and through indolence, was going to miss closing. Lender became very unresponsive - multiple multi-day ...
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Supplemental Insurance for Martial Arts Students

I would like to know if there are supplemental insurance policies for people who study martial arts (living in the United States). Specifically, I would like to find a policy that covers injuries that ...
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Can I use FSA funds to pay for expenses outside of insurance start period?

I started a new job on February 2, 2015. But my plan year starts on October 1, 2014 and goes until September 30, 2015. I had a doctors visit that I will have to pay completely for because I was not ...
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Depositing an insurance check made out to a foreign ltd into a personal US account

I own a boat which is registered in the BVI's in an Ltd. name. There is no business and thus no bank account for it. I am a U.S. citizen with a regular U.S. bank account. I incurred boat damage and am ...
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Is it normal to pay 100% of the premium on a long-term disability policy from my employer?

An employer offers long-term disability coverage of 60% for both accident and illness. There is a `180 day elimination period. The employer defines disability "as any occupationn" They also require ...
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Claiming against visa rental car insurance

I'm planning on claiming against my visa cards rental car insurance benefit. For an incident using a zip-car. Will this claim affect my credit score or car insurance rates?
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Employer wants a key man insurance policy on me, should I agree?

Friend is working for a small company as main person in charge of operations. The president is asking them to take out a key man life insurance policy on them. The benefit would pay out to the company....
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What type of insurance would protect you against the Amazon 1p bug?

After seeing many hobby and small businesses losing thousands of pounds due to a software bug pricing their products at 1p on Amazon I've been wondering. Is there a type of insurance that a hobby ...
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Can I enroll in FSA after losing coverage due to my father losing his job?

I am being allowed by my employer to enroll in a Health Insurance plan outside of the open enrollment period or new hire period due to an Involuntary Loss of Coverage (my father lost his job and I was ...
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Health Savings Account Insurance Reimbursement

I have an HSA for my HDHP to which I contribute the maximum IRS allowed pre-tax amount every year to save up for future medical expenses. Last year (2014), I had my wisdom teeth removed, and the cost ...
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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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Weird charge in insurance plan [Netherlands]

I've been living in the Netherlands as a student, since August, and the health insurance I had up to about a month ago was the European Health Insurance Card. However, at the end of December, I had to ...
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What is bespoke insurance?

A business summary describes an insurance company: "... it provides insurance products that cover war and political risks that include kidnap and ransom, political risks, political violence and ...
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Given advice “buy term insurance and invest the rest”, how should one “invest the rest”?

It is often recommended that people buy term insurance for a lower premium cost, and invest the rest of the money. It is said that the returns from your own investment are higher than the ones from ...
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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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Retroactive COBRA Premium Increase: Can my COBRA health insurance premiums be hiked retroactively?

I hope this is the right place to ask this, but if not let me know and I'll go away. About 6 months ago I left a W-2 position to do independent consulting. Since then, I have been using my previous ...
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Trip Interruption insurance vs. Trip Cancellation insurance: what's the difference?

My credit card says they offer trip interruption insurance as a benefit. I am only familiar with trip cancellation insurance. Are these the same or different?
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How long does a business have to give a refund?

My dentist's office requires payment upfront, and then they wait to get paid by the insurance. On Yelp, people say that it takes a lot of sweat and tears to get a refund from them. (In my case the ...
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Insurance Copay requirement when paying 100% deductible

I have health insurance with a $500 deductible. If I go to the doctor and the bill is for example $400, I am required to pay the $400 and a $10 copay by the insurance company. Can insurance companies ...
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Life Insurance Policy for my Dad

My dad want me to get a life insurance policy on him. I have no clue where to start or even what type of questions to ask. What are the positives and negatives of buying a policy. Is it a sound ...
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What is the added advantage of a broker being a member of NFA in addition to IIROC

If my broker is a member of the national futures association, what extra protection does it give me over the fact that it is also a member of IIROC? I am particularly referring to this: http://www....
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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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How does agreed value insurance work with inflation?

In an agreed value insurance plan I understand that the number X is the amount that will be paid out upon loss. However I have two questions in regard to this: Upon renewing my policy yearly am I ...
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Calendar year changes and Out-of-Pocket reset

I have been with a School District for three years. This last year I had major surgery. I met my deductible and by August I reached my OOP max. In September the district got a new plan. They made ...
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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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renter's insurance for causing property damage

It seems that renter's insurance only covers the tenant's property and perhaps guests. I suspect that a far bigger financial risk for a tenant is in liability due to causing a fire, flood or other ...
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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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COBRA and “in progress” expenses

I'm leaving my job in a few days, and I have significant "in progress" dental expenses. I haven't received any official COBRA information yet. I'm worried that any appointments after my last day at ...
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How to insure belongings on road trip?

I'm shipping my car with a reputable carrier across the country. I am going to put some of my belongings in the trunk. I have insurance on the car, but if I wanted to insure the items in the trunk ...
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Insurance against final value

If I have property/land for sale at a higher value than that which it was purchased can I insure against the selling price? Say my family home that has sentimental value above the retail value and I ...
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Is there a rule of thumb to help “Sanity check” insurance costs?

My house insurance is up for renewal. I'm busy and I don't want to spend a lot of time getting quotes, especially since this policy is tied to another one that is hard to get and that we could only ...
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Should I pay the insurance discounted rate or the full rate for an ambulance ride under my deductible?

I had to call recently an ambulance because of a food allergy. By the time I reached hospital, I was okay. Last month, I recieved a bill of 3500 USD. I am just wondering, is it a fair charge? Since my ...
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Where to get liability insurance for car rentals, as an add-on to Visa Collision Damage Waiver?

For car rentals paid for entirely by Visa credit cards, Visa usually provides a benefit called the Collision Damage Waiver, which in my experience is pretty good. It does not however cover personal ...