Are you intimidated by insurance? Have no fear — this easy-to-understand guide explains everything you need to know, from getting the most coverage at the best price to dealing with adjusters, filing claims, and more. Whether you're looking for personal or business insurance, you'll see how to avoid common pitfalls, lower your costs, and get what you deserve at claim time.Get to know the basics — understand how to make good insurance decisions and reduce the chances of a financial loss in your life
Take your insurance on the road — manage your personal automobile risks, handle special situations, insure recreational vehicles, and deal with insurance adjusters
Understand homeowner's and renter's insurance — know what is and isn't covered by typical policies, common exclusions and pitfalls, and how to cover yourself against personal lawsuits
Buy the right umbrella policy — discover the advantages, and coordinate your policies to cover the gaps
Manage life, health, and disability risks — explore individual and group policies, understand Medicare basics, and evaluate long-term disability and long-term-care insurance
Open the book and find:The best life, health, home, and auto policies
Strategies for handling the claims process to get what you deserve
Tips on adjusting your deductible to suit your lifestyle
How to navigate healthcare policies
Ways to reduce your risk and your premiums
Common traps and loopholes
Considerations for grads, freelancers, and remote workers
Here, Wall Street Journal personal-finance reporter Rachel Emma Silverman walks you step-by-step through the process. Chock-full of clear and solid advice on how to get the most out of the main estate planning tools - including wills, trusts, life insurance, guardianship papers, and powers-of-attorney documents - the Wall Street Journal Complete Estate-Planning Guidebook will help make your estate-planning process as simple, smooth, and unintimidating as possible.
This book will help you:
· Clarify your estate-planning goals, such as dividing up property for heirs, reducing taxes or leaving money for charity
· Understand the key estate-planning documents you’ll need, including wills, beneficiary-designation forms, powers-of-attorney and health-care advance directives
· Decode the technical jargon that estate planners often use, so you feel comfortable discussing QTIPs and QPRTs when you sit down with your lawyer.
· Reduce possible estate, gift or generation-skipping taxes and legal and probate fees – decreasing what goes to the tax man and increasing what goes to your heirs
· Learn strategies to divide money and personal property among your heirs, and reduce the possibility of family fights
· Discuss sensitive estate-planning issues with your family
· Maintain your estate-plan over time, including how to store and when to update your documents
With completely up-to-date information on how to navigate the new 2011 estate tax legislation, and thoughtful advice on how to handle your estate in complicated situations – like if you’re single, in a same-sex relationship, or wish to provide for children with special needs - this is the estae-planning guide for today’s messy and complicated world.
One of the biggest estate planning mistakes people make, says Silverman, is waiting too long to start. Which is why the Wall Street Journal Complete Estate-Planning Guidebook isn’t just for those planning for retirement or their golden years. It’s for anyone, of any age, who wants the peace of mind of knowing that your wishes will be respected and your hard-earned money will get passed on as you would like.
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Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president's garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice. Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.
Reach for this handbook any time you need field-tested advice for investigating, categorizing, reporting and trending, and ultimately eliminating the root causes of incidents. It includes step-by-step instructions, checklists, and forms for performing an analysis and enables users to effectively incorporate the methodology and apply it to a variety of situations.
Using the structured techniques in the Root Cause Analysis Handbook, you will:Understand why root causes are important.Identify and define inherent problems.Collect data for problem-solving.Analyze data for root causes.Generate practical recommendations.
The third edition of this global classic is the most comprehensive, all-in-one package of book, downloadable resources, color-coded RCA map, and licensed access to online resources currently available for Root Cause Analysis (RCA). Called by users "the best resource on the subject" and "in a league of its own." Based on globally successful, proprietary methodology developed by ABS Consulting, an international firm with 50 years' experience in 35 countries.
Root Cause Analysis Handbook is widely used in corporate training programs and college courses all over the world. If you are responsible for quality, reliability, safety, and/or risk management, you'll want this comprehensive and practical resource at your fingertips. The book has also been selected by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and the Risk and Insurance Society (RIMS) as a "must have" for their members.
"This is a book about a business and a family that, by its example, defines integrity. It is a testament to the fact that business success comes from hardworking, honorable people who care about their clients."
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"This book is a 'must read' for anyone in business who truly values the individual, whether a client or an employee. The Gallagher Way has stood the test of time."
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From years of experience teaching and consulting in Business Continuity and Risk, Kurt J. Engemann and Douglas M. Henderson explain everything clearly without extra words or extraneous philosophy. Your students will grasp and apply the main ideas quickly. They will feel that the authors wrote this textbook with them specifically in mind -- as if their questions are answered even before they ask them.
Covering both Business Continuity and Risk Management and how these two bodies of knowledge and practice interface, Business Continuity and Risk Management: Essentials of Organizational Resilience is a state-of-the-art textbook designed to be easy for the student to understand -- and for you, as instructor, to present.Flexible, modular design allows you to customize a study plan with chapters covering:Business Continuity and Risk principles and practices.Information Technology and Information Security.Emergency Response and Crisis Management.Risk Modeling – in-depth instructions for students needing the statistical underpinnings in Risk Management.Global Standards and Best PracticesTwo real-world case studies are integrated throughout the text to give future managers experience in applying chapter principles to a service company and a manufacturer.Chapter objectives, discussion topics, review questions, numerous charts and graphs.Glossary and Index.Full bibliography at the end of each chapter.
Extensive, downloadable classroom-tested Instructor Resources are available for college courses and professional development training, including slides, syllabi, test bank, discussion questions, and case studies.
Endorsed by The Business Continuity Institute (BCI) and The Institute of Risk Management (IRM).
"It's difficult to write a book that serves both academia and practitioners, but this text provides a firm foundation for novices and a valuable reference for experienced professionals."--Security Management Magazine
"The authors...bring the subject to life with rich teaching and learning features, making it an essential read for students and practitioners alike." – Phil
Kurt J. Engemann, PhD, CBCP, is the Director of the Center for Business Continuity and Risk Management and Professor of Information Systems in the Hagan School of Business at Iona College. He is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Business Continuity and Risk Management
Douglas M. Henderson, FSA, CBCP, is President of Disaster Management, Inc., and has 20+ years of consulting experience in all areas of Business Continuity and Emergency Response Management. He is the author of Is Your Business Ready for the Next Disaster? and a number of templates.
Are you working too many hours for too few clients?
Does it seem that you do more paperwork than peoplework?
Will you spend more hours on the road than in front of people this year?
Whether your agency is big or small, if you answered yes to any of those questions, you need more than an adrenaline boost! You need a shot of strategies to wake things up and put you on the path to success fast!
- How to get appointments with 10 clients every day
- How to find qualified clients and get them to come to you
- How to get clients in and out of your office in 30 minutes-or less!
You'll also discover how to ramp up for success with something you already have, but probably overlook, why some clients don't make sense for your agency, and what you need for an effective sales pitch.
Get the help you need by putting Troy Korsgaden on your side. His strategies have made a difference for the thousands of agents who have attended his seminars across the country. They can make a difference for you too!
"Ambitious and readable . . . an engaging introduction to the oddsmakers, whom Bernstein regards as true humanists helping to release mankind from the choke holds of superstition and fatalism." -The New York Times
"An extraordinarily entertaining and informative book." -The Wall Street Journal
"A lively panoramic book . . . Against the Gods sets up an ambitious premise and then delivers on it." -Business Week
"Deserves to be, and surely will be, widely read." -The Economist
"[A] challenging book, one that may change forever the way people think about the world." -Worth
"No one else could have written a book of such central importance with so much charm and excitement." -Robert Heilbroner author, The Worldly Philosophers
"With his wonderful knowledge of the history and current manifestations of risk, Peter Bernstein brings us Against the Gods. Nothing like it will come out of the financial world this year or ever. I speak carefully: no one should miss it." -John Kenneth Galbraith Professor of Economics Emeritus, Harvard University
In this unique exploration of the role of risk in our society, Peter Bernstein argues that the notion of bringing risk under control is one of the central ideas that distinguishes modern times from the distant past. Against the Gods chronicles the remarkable intellectual adventure that liberated humanity from oracles and soothsayers by means of the powerful tools of risk management that are available to us today.
"An extremely readable history of risk." -Barron's
"Fascinating . . . this challenging volume will help you understand the uncertainties that every investor must face." -Money
"A singular achievement." -Times Literary Supplement
"There's a growing market for savants who can render the recondite intelligibly-witness Stephen Jay Gould (natural history), Oliver Sacks (disease), Richard Dawkins (heredity), James Gleick (physics), Paul Krugman (economics)-and Bernstein would mingle well in their company." -The Australian
No law in recent memory has caused more confusion and apprehension in corporate America than the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOA). What Is Sarbanes-Oxley? is a concise, comprehensive overview of the act, filled with plain-English explanations of the vital details employees at every level must know and understand to help their firms achieve and maintain SOA compliance.
Summarizing the text of the law for ease of understanding and reference, this vital addition to McGraw-Hill's What Is . . . ? series provides readers with:Guidelines for ensuring that a company's policies, procedures, systems, and controls are SOA compliant Management certification responsibilities and noncompliance penaltiesunder hot-button Sections 302, 404, and 906 Techniques for modifying existing control systems and programs to meet new SOA specifications
This ebook by Michael Arlen will give a brief explanation on Commercial Truck Insurance, for more information visit: http://www.royaltytruckinsurance.com/
This book uses a refined version of historical institutionalism to critically examine China's pathway to universal health insurance coverage since the mid-1980s. It pays crucial attention to the processes of transforming China's healthcare financing system into the basic social medical insurance system alongside rapid socio-economic changes.
Financing Healthcare in Chinawill interest researchers and government and think-tank officials interested in the state of healthcare reforms in China. Healthcare specialists outside of East Asia may also be interested in its general study of healthcare in developing countries. Scholars and students interested in the healthcare field will also find this useful.
This ebook by Jackson Smith will give a brief explanation on Commercial Truck Insurance, for more information visit: www.royaltytruckinsurance.com
In The American Title Insurance Industry, Joseph and David Eaton present evidence that improvements in recordkeeping over the last sixty years—particularly the advent of computers—have reduced the likelihood of a defective title going unnoticed in a property transaction. But the industry’s flaws run deeper than mere obsolescence: in most states, title insurers are allowed to engage in anticompetitive business practices, including price-fixing. Among the findings in this meticulously researched study are instances of insurers charging premiums well above the amount necessary to compensate them for assuming the risk of defect and identical policies with identical risk that vary in price by hundreds of percentage points for different geographic locations.The authors also examine the widely ignored role that the federal and most state governments play in perpetuating the title insurance industry’s unfair practices. Whereas most private industries prefer as little government intervention as possible, title insurers welcome it. Federal statue exempts title insurers from anti-trust liability, opening the door for price-fixing and destroying any semblance of free-market competition or market power for consumers.A landmark study for elected officials, and all those involved in the insurance, real estate, and brokerage industries, The American Title Insurance Industry brings to light a long-neglected problem—and offers suggestions for how it might be remedied.
Part II presents the first in-depth historical analysis of the entire history of U.S. captive insurance case law. It begins with the reserve cases of the early 20th century and is followed by the flood plane cases of the 1950s, the I.R.S. victories of the 1980s, the taxpayer victories of the 1990s and the I.R.S.’ safe harbor Revenue Rulings of the early 2000s.
With over 950 footnotes and 40 sources, this is the most complete treatment of captive insurance to date.
Rick Vassar, a certified expert in the commercial insurance arena, writes from a risk manager's perspective as he tackles the often confusing field of commercial insurance with his real numbers, real solutions strategy. Developed not just as an initial learning tool but also as an ongoing resource for experienced managers as well as the uninitiated, this simple guide will help busy executives and business owners reduce expenses in their current programs. Vassar will teach you four distinct steps for controlling your insurance costs: Understand the language and the process Know the players and how to better manage the process Develop a strategy and a plan to maximize coverage for minimal cost Invest the time and gain real financial benefits
With a fresh perspective, this guidebook provides insight into an industry that is constantly evolving, and it shows how you can potentially save your company millions of dollars in insurance costs!
Insurance industry expert Troy Korsgaden's latest book teaches agents how to transition from a "generalist agency" structure to what Korsgaden calls a "specialist agency" structure to increase efficiency, retention and revenue. Korsgaden created the system to advance agency growth in all lines of insurance, versus just the traditionally heavy lines such as auto.
"If it seems overwhelming to change the entire organizational structure of your agency, understand that it does not have to be overnight. You are going to grow your agency over time, with each step growing out of the one you took before, and with each new step funded by new revenues generated from the last."
- excerpt from the Forward of Specialization by Troy Korsgaden
The information provided in this book will give the reader the ammunition with which to confront the insurer, corporate entity or wrong doer on a more level playing field.
Unlike most other books on this subject, this work includes loss procedures under property insurance policies such as homeowners and commercial contracts.
The other driver’s insurance company has agreed to pay the cost to repair the collision damage to you new car, but is that all there is. No, you could be entitled to more. The section dealing with automobile property damage will disclose some cash you may have overlooked.
You or a resident relative hits an errant shot on the golf course and instead of its intended destination, the ball smashes the windshield of another member’s car on the parking lot. You are probably not legally liable for the damage, but you can be a “good guy” and pay the cost to repair under a special coverage in your homeowners’ policy. Look at all the possibilities in Infrequently Reported Homeowners Claims.
As a member of a same sex marriage in a state where such unions are recognized, what are your rights with respect to the injuries or wrongful death of a spouse? See chapter (Damages) for a discussion of this question.
The drunk driver who caused your injuries may not be your only source of restitution. Take a look at Liquor Liability.
A kitchen appliance you have not altered in any way causes a fire that seriously damages your home and injures you or members of your family. What are your rights with respect to claims against the manufacturer or vendor of the product?
If you, a friend or relative has been involved in an accident that might have been the fault of another or suffered an insured property loss, this book has the potential to save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars, resulting from underpaid claims or needless expense.
In their careers, the authors, Brian Allen and Rachelle Loyear, have been instrumental in successfully reorganizing the way security is handled in major corporations. In this ground-breaking book, the authors begin by defining Enterprise Security Risk Management (ESRM):
“Enterprise security risk management is the application of fundamental risk principles to manage all security risks − whether information, cyber, physical security, asset management, or business continuity − in a comprehensive, holistic, all-encompassing approach.”
In the face of a continually evolving and increasingly risky global security landscape, this book takes you through the steps of putting ESRM into practice enterprise-wide, and helps you to:Differentiate between traditional, task-based management and strategic, risk-based management. See how adopting ESRM can lead to a more successful security program overall and enhance your own career. . Prepare your security organization to adopt an ESRM methodology. . Analyze and communicate risks and their root causes to all appropriate parties. . Identify what elements are necessary for long-term success of your ESRM program. . Ensure the proper governance of the security function in your enterprise. . Explain the value of security and ESRM to executives using useful metrics and reports. .
Throughout the book, the authors provide a wealth of real-world case studies from a wide range of businesses and industries to help you overcome any blocks to acceptance as you design and roll out a new ESRM-based security program for your own workplace.
Aided by over seventy illustrations, the author casts light on the often overlooked basics of this fascinating field, making this an essential text for students at undergraduate and postgraduate level as well as policy and decision-making professionals.
Developed from the Safety Science or Risk Science course taught at Delft University, this highly respected author has a lifetime of knowledge and experience in the study of risk.
How Our Days Became Numbered tells a story of corporate culture remaking American culture--a story of intellectuals and professionals in and around insurance companies who reimagined Americans' lives through numbers and taught ordinary Americans to do the same. Making individuals statistical did not happen easily. Legislative battles raged over the propriety of discriminating by race or of smoothing away the effects of capitalism's fluctuations on individuals. Meanwhile, debates within companies set doctors against actuaries and agents, resulting in elaborate, secretive systems of surveillance and calculation.
Dan Bouk reveals how, in a little over half a century, insurers laid the groundwork for the much-quantified, risk-infused world that we live in today. To understand how the financial world shapes modern bodies, how risk assessments can perpetuate inequalities of race or sex, and how the quantification and claims of risk on each of us continue to grow, we must take seriously the history of those who view our lives as a series of probabilities to be managed.