You made it through tax season and now you’re looking forward to your summer vacation. But before you go, take some time to review your finances. Mid-year is an ideal time to do so, because the demands on your time may be fewer, and the planning opportunities greater, than if you wait until the end […]
For many people, there’s perhaps nothing more exciting than traveling to a new country, experiencing different cultures, tasting exotic foods, and exploring unfamiliar landscapes. But before you take off on an international adventure, consider that a little preparation and a few precautions can help prevent a lot of unexpected headaches.
Spring training is a tradition that baseball teams and baseball fans look forward to every year. No matter how they did last year, teams in spring training are full of hope that a new season will bring a fresh start. As this year’s baseball season gets under way, here are a few lessons from America’s […]
Your life insurance needs may change without you even realizing it. You may have purchased life insurance years ago, and never gave it a second thought. Or, you may not have life insurance at all–and now you need it. When your life circumstances change, you have a fresh opportunity to make sure the people you […]
Your need for life insurance changes as your life changes. You may need less life insurance when you’re younger, but as you take on more responsibilities and as your family grows, the amount and type of life insurance that fits your circumstances changes.
Many companies offer their workers employer-sponsored life insurance coverage as part of their employee benefits package. If you’re offered this opportunity, it may be in your best interest to accept. Buying life insurance through your employer can be a relatively inexpensive and hassle-free way to get some of the life insurance coverage you need.
Private mortgage insurance (PMI) protects the lender against the risk of the borrower defaulting on the mortgage. Lenders generally require you to purchase PMI if your loan is more than 80% of the value of your home. Without PMI, you may be unable to qualify for a mortgage.
Each new year brings the chance for a fresh start, and the opportunity to improve your financial picture. As you make financial resolutions for 2012, looking back at what happened last year can help you make some positive changes this year.