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What Happens if You Don’t Get Health Insurance?

Health insurance is easier to get these days, and more Americans are covered now thanks to the Affordable Care Act, known to many as “Obamacare”. But you do have to actually go to the exchange website and sign up, and I know there will be people, such as small business owners, job changers or recent […]

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Is it Time to Update Your Financial Plan?

For many of my clients, a life event or transition forces them to seek out the advice of a financial planner for the first time. You might have had a loose financial “plan” or set of expectations, but something happens to turn that plan upside down. Some of those events are happy ones: a new […]

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The Benefits of Owning Renter’s Insurance

The Benefits of Owning Renter’s Insurance

Guest Post by Jennifer Riner of Zillow Earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and fires seem to be occurring more frequently these days. The news regularly reports on residents who’ve lost all of their belongings in natural disasters, encouraging neighbors and friends to contribute basic materials for families to survive. These catastrophes are beyond human control and […]

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Guest Post: What You Need to Know About the New Affordable Healthcare Insurance Exchange

I think we all have questions about the new healthcare exchanges – I know I do!  My friend (and health insurance expert) Pai Gee-Janssens was kind enough to answer the questions she is hearing the most.  Thanks Pai! ============================================================= While the Affordable Care Act, aka ACA or Obamacare, has been the law of the land […]

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Financial Planning Checklist for New Parents

This article appeared first at local parenting blog A Child Grows in Brooklyn. New parents are busy.  When it comes to financial planning, they just want to make sure they are doing the right things for them and not missing anything important.  Perfect for this situation: a checklist! There are eight items on my financial […]

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The Deer, the Rut*, My Car and the Insurance Policy

Long Island is filthy with deer.  It’s a serious problem.  They have ticks which carry Lyme disease.  They eat my garden! On a recent drive this November, I experienced the other big problem with deer: car accidents.  A big buck decided to jump out in front of me.  I slammed on the brakes, but SMACK! […]

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Is a High Deductible Health Plan Right for You?

It’s open enrollment season!  Benefits enrollment periods typically run from late October to Mid-November for employees at many companies.  Your company may have many benefits to choose from, but the one I get the most questions about is High Deductible Health Plans, or HDHPs. What is a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP)? A high deductible […]

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Your Financial Garden in 5 Easy Steps

My core clientele are busy professionals and entrepreneurs. They are ready to get serious about building their financial future, but don’t know where to start, and don’t have time to figure it out. Maybe I’ve been spending too much time in mine, but I think it’s a lot like tending a garden, and there are […]

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Parents, Please Check Life Insurance Off Your List

As expectant parents or parents of young kids, you’ve heard that you should get life insurance, even if you already have some through your job. Maybe you even know a family who lost the primary earner in the household, leaving the family to scramble to pay medical bills and living expenses going forward? (I do, […]

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Interview: Medicare Expense Planning

Many of my clients (and my own parents) are approaching the age of 65, which means they’ll be eligible for Medicare coverage.  But until they are in it, most are uncertain about what a switch to Medicare will mean for their budget. Pai Gee-Janssens is a Medicare private health insurance plan specialist based in NYC.  […]

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