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Mother Nature can throw one heck of a punch. And as residents on the East coast learned yet again with the
winter storm Jonas, you don’t want to be on the receiving end of her wrath. Unfortunately, she seems to be striking out more often than ever, drenching parts of the U.S. in a series of extreme precipitation events that lead to flooding—the most common, and most costly, form of natural disaster according to FEMA. In fact, over the past several years, about 60 percent of all declared disasters involved flooding.



Life is full of guidelines, although some activities require more regulations than others do. For example, the official rulebook of the National Football League is over 100 pages long. The certified version of the Affordable Care Act has more than 900 pages. In contrast, buying real estate appears pretty simple; just avoid breaking these four essential home purchase rules.

1. Use a real estate agent.

Your residence may be the single biggest purchase you’ll ever make; don’t you want an experienced professional by your side? Sure, you can learn a lot about the process online, but according to the National Association of Realtors, 88 percent of homebuyers still choose to use a real estate agent or broker. There are many reasons to do so. For one, their services are generally free because the seller’s agent splits his or her commission with them. Also, a buyer’s agent can access historical price data for the area; without one, you’re definitely in danger of paying too much for the property.



A successful business and a competitive employee benefits package go hand in hand; you’ll rarely find one without the other. Not only do generous perks attract more job candidates to your company, they also help you minimize employee turnover, improve morale and increase productivity. But don’t stop at paid time off and a 401(k) plan. Consider these voluntary employee benefits you should add today.

Critical Illness/Cancer Insurance – Supplemental critical illness and cancer policies are becoming increasingly popular with American workers. A Hartford study found that Generation Y workers participate in these programs at a higher rate, so they may be a particularly attractive addition to your benefits package if you’re recruiting or employing younger workers.



According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 2,596,993 deaths in the U.S. in 2015. Leading end-of-life causes included diseases of the heart, malignant neoplasms, chronic lower respiratory diseases, cerebrovascular diseases and accidents—most of which can strike at any age.

This means we can all benefit from life insurance, whether we use it to pay for our funeral expenses, as an investment vehicle, or to protect our family from financial hardship in the event of our death. Consider the following life stages and reasons to purchase this valuable form of insurance for each.


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