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High-Tech Ways to Spy on Your Teen Driver

NerdWallet | Posted 11.17.2015 | Business

Many parents of newly licensed teenagers worry about their children's safety, and with good reason. According to the most recent study by the Center...

8 Must-Know Tips When Shopping for Auto Insurance

Michael Lazar | Posted 11.16.2015 | Fifty
Michael Lazar

Shopping for auto insurance in the 80s was a time consuming and fickle affair. It often meant you were scouring the phonebook, making phone calls an...

Your Year-End Financial Checklist

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 11.11.2015 | Money
Nathaniel Sillin

The final weeks of the year are a last-minute chance to clean up bookkeeping before tax time, make final spending decisions and seek financial advice for 2016. Here are a few tasks you might want to schedule.

Allstate Considers 'Driver Safety Ratings' for Car Insurance Customers

NerdWallet | Posted 11.04.2015 | Business

As the auto insurance industry moves toward ever more granular examinations of driver habits and shortcomings, Allstate Insurance Co. is drawing up ...

Making Driving Safe

Stephen G. Cecchetti | Posted 11.03.2015 | Business
Stephen G. Cecchetti

Unless you are a skydiver or bungee jumper, getting into a car is almost surely the riskiest thing you regularly do. The data bear this out. The Natio...

5 Surprising Things Car Insurance Doesn't Cover

NerdWallet | Posted 10.27.2015 | Business

Car insurance can cover damage from accidents, vandalism and even meteor strikes. But no matter how good your car insurance policy is, it might not cover everything you think it does. And unexpected holes in coverage can cost you.

What Drivers Need to Know About Deer Season and Car Insurance

NerdWallet | Posted 10.26.2015 | Business

Deer-car accidents can cause injuries, damage and even death, and are more likely to happen in late fall, when hunters are out and animals are on the...

State Farm Plans to Get Inside Your Head While You're Driving -- and Put a Price on It

NerdWallet | Posted 10.14.2015 | Business

The plans, as revealed in a patent application, would combine biometric measurements with automotive data to create a "total impairment score" that could be used to set customized car insurance rates.

Should Young Drivers Stay On Their Parents' Auto Policy or Get Their Own?

Laura Adams | Posted 08.18.2015 | Money
Laura Adams

There comes a time in most young drivers' lives when they have to ask themselves an important question: Should I get my own car insurance policy or add myself to the one my parents already have? A new study suggests the latter option is the way to go.

4 Aspects of Auto Insurance Costs for Student Drivers

Robert Harrow | Posted 06.03.2015 | Business
Robert Harrow

By the time we get our first car, most of us are thinking "how can I afford one?" Most young consumers will fall into the trap of considering only the short-sighted costs -- paying down the actual car.

Have Low Mileage? You May Qualify for a Car Insurance Discount

Laura Adams | Posted 05.29.2015 | Money
Laura Adams

A new Princeton Survey Research Associates International study found that just 16 percent of Americans have asked their car insurance provider for common discounts -- meaning millions of dollars of potential savings have been left on the table.

A First-Year Money-Management Guide for the New College Grad

Jason Alderman | Posted 05.29.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

As the nation's full retirement age edges closer to 70, it means a 22-year-old college graduate has nearly 50 years to save and invest. That's why solid money habits built early can make an enormous difference, even for young people who can't afford to put away more than a few dollars a week at the start.

How Age, Gender, and Marital Status Affect Your Car Insurance

Laura Adams | Posted 05.31.2015 | Money
Laura Adams

According to the study, marital status is almost as significant in car insurance pricing as age and gender. On average, a married 20-year-old pays 21 percent less than a single 20-year-old for the same policy

4 Life Changes That Will Save You Big on Car Insurance

Shannah L. Compton | Posted 12.22.2014 | Money
Shannah L. Compton

Let's face it, your insurance company is not going to come and beat down your door to lower your rates. You need to be very proactive in this game. I suggest every anniversary date you do a little poking around to see if there is a better deal out there for you.

6 Must-have Insurance Policies

David A. Dedman | Posted 11.30.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

Poor planning in just one of these areas could be detrimental to your long-term wealth. It will only take one catastrophe to put you in a world of financial hurt. However, the natural tendency is to try to skimp or even self-insure with various types of risk. Don't do it.

How Much Insurance Do You Need In Retirement?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 09.29.2014 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

Insurance is only worth the money if it truly protects you and your finances. At this time in life, as you approach retirement or semi-retirement, it's wise to re-examine your current policies. That way you'll know that you have what you need -- and you're not wasting precious dollars on what you don't.

5 Expensive Mistakes Parents of a Teen Driver Should Avoid

Laura Adams | Posted 09.28.2014 | Parents
Laura Adams

Having a teenage driver is a hair-raising experience that can keep parents awake at night. And, as if that wasn't enough, parents also get hit with an enormous spike in their auto insurance premium after adding junior to their policy.

5 Surprising Reasons Why Car Insurance Rates Rise

Laura Adams | Posted 05.10.2014 | Money
Laura Adams

Even if you don't get a traffic ticket, cause a car accident, or have a teenage boy in the household, you could end up paying more for insurance for these five lesser-known reasons.

6 Ways to Expedite Your Car Insurance Claim

Tim Chen | Posted 03.05.2014 | Money
Tim Chen

No one ever wants to get into a car accident. But fortunately, filing a car insurance claim is easier than you may think. With the right paperwork and a thorough understanding of your insurance policy, you can even expedite the process.

Traffic Accident Caused By Act of God

Brad Reid | Posted 02.08.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

An "Act of God" occurs naturally without human activity. It is frequently associated with violent weather events but may include unexpected medical conditions. The key to successfully asserting the defense is a factual determination that the event was unforeseen and could not be prepared for or mitigated by human activity.

5 Ways to Save Money on Car Insurance

Tim Chen | Posted 01.26.2014 | Money
Tim Chen

Saving money on car insurance isn't as hard as it might seem if you keep these tips in mind.

California Voters Acted to Save $100 Billion

Ralph Nader | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Ralph Nader

The passage of Prop 103 was a monumental accomplishment and an example of what can happen when people band together for a cause and show up at the polls. Hopelessness is merely a sentiment for the apathetic.

Newlywed? How To Maximize Your Insurance For Every Stage of Life (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted 10.09.2013 | Business

Getting married, having kids and buying a house are a few of the major milestones that you may experience in your life. And while many of these life s...

Teens and Cars Can Drive You Crazy

Neale Godfrey | Posted 05.06.2013 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

Just reading the words teens and cars in the same sentence probably sends you reaching for an antacid. Unfortunately, that queasy feeling is well founded. The privilege of driving is costly, and teen driving can be dangerous.

California Republic: Pass the Bananas

William Bradley | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

Jerry Brown may have thought that the bad old days of campaign finance were gone. At least for a fleeting historical moment. But now he's finding himself in the midst of some bad new days.