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What’s on our mind? You can read about it in our blog. Whether it’s ideas from the industry or emerging trends, you can read about it here. And once in a while, we may throw in a movie review or some other surprise. So keep checking in. We’re glad to have you reading along.

 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

It happens every day, 365 days a year. Insurers, agents and brokers deal with fire injury, damage and death claims. It's so frustrating when a few basic safety rules would slash the number of injuries and fatalities in the more than...

 

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Insurance is meant to protect you against financial loss. But is it really meant to protect you from any and all financial loss? When it comes to filing a loss claim on your home insurance, there may be times when not filing may be the...

 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Is someone trying to borrow money in your name? It's a danger we all live within these days of identity theft and big-company data breaches. That's why it's important to keep track of your credit record and banking or credit card...

 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

What do you think your chances are of being ripped off next time you call in a construction contractor to do a job for you, big or small? I mean paying too much or getting a bad job. If it hasn’t already happened to you, I'll bet...

 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

No one knows the importance of cash-flow better than a business owner. Everything else can be going great but if those dollar bills aren’t coming in when you need them it's cause for alarm. So, what can you do to boost cash-flow...

 

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Saturday, February 23, 2019

Have you ever thought about outsourcing your in-house jobs? Freelancers by their thousands are lining up to work independently for organizations like yours and mine. It's the age of the gig economy. Why should you even consider it?...

 

Monday, February 4, 2019

If you're like most of us, you may be working on filing your taxes -- or at least thinking about it in the coming months. It's a tough enough challenge without also having to worry about scammers who are extremely active right now...

 

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Although you're really busy now, in the run-up to Christmas, I bet your business mind is already fixed on the New Year. If you're looking for ideas for improving your business and your bottom line in 2019 I thought I'd provide you with...

 

Monday, December 3, 2018

How smart are the smart toys you'll be buying for your children this holiday season? They'll likely be smarter than you think -- and you have no idea what information they're passing back and forth on the Internet. The situation has...

 

Monday, November 19, 2018

The recent data breach at credit monitoring agency Equifax has left many people wondering if they need Identity Theft Insurance. 143 million personal records and 209,000 credit card numbers were accessed. Most adults in the US and a...

 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

With cooler weather on the way -- and already here for some of us -- you may be thinking of hauling that space heater out of its summer storage spot to add some warmth and comfort to your home. But hold it right there. Did you know...

 

Saturday, October 13, 2018

How long do you spend staring at a screen -- computer, TV, tablet or phone -- every day? According to latest estimates, the average is 11 hours a day. And that's given rise to a new scare about the effects of so-called blue light that...

 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

They say moving home is one of the most stressful experiences you might have to deal with in your lifetime. It's tough enough without running the risk that the firm you hired to transport all your possessions might not take care of...

 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The water filter most of us have in our refrigerators and other drinking water systems can make a big different to the quality and purity of the H2O that most of us imbibe. But although we may appreciate this, many of us don't follow a...

 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

"Cloud Backup" sounds mysterious, but simply means storing important digital files in a secure online repository. If catastrophe strikes (fire, robbery, flood, etc.) you still have access to an up-to-date copy of your data, even if the...

 

Friday, July 6, 2018

Did you know that identity theft victims spend an average of 600 hours, and spend nearly $2,000 out-of-pocket, just to recover from the crime? With well over 50 million victims in North America last year alone, the likelihood of having...

 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Incidents involving dog bites, or even more severe attacks, especially targeting toddlers, are on the rise. Around five million bites are reported every year in North America -- 4.5 million in the US and half a million in Canada. Often...

 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Most people who buy homeowner’s insurance realize that a standard homeowner’s policy will include protection for personal liability. But what most people don’t realize is that this part of the policy will only cover...

 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

I read some horrifying stories lately about ransomware -- malware that freezes business computer systems until a ransom is paid. Seems that it's very easy to get infected. So, I'm passing on 5 tips on how to avoid this menace, which...

 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

This month, we have an alert -- this time about the dangers of youngsters playing with toys or handling books in a doctor's office waiting room. According to the American Academy Of Pediatrics, toys like stuffed animals, are difficult...

 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

How are you coping with finding new talent for your business? If you're like most employers, it's tough out there, isn't it? But here are a few tips that could get you moving in the right direction: Cast the net. Interview when you...

 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

What would you say is the biggest cause of distracted-driving car crash deaths? You'd probably say cellphones. But you'd be wrong (they're in second place). Almost two thirds of death-crashes are due to letting our minds wander! You're...

 

Saturday, December 30, 2017

What happens if you're held responsible for an accident and the liability costs exceed the limits of your auto or home insurance policy? You have to find the rest yourself and that could mean a lien on your home, the loss of other...

 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Most of us are drowning. In clutter, that is. And it just keeps getting deeper, doesn't it? Like most everyone, I'm always making promises about clearing stuff out and making a fresh start. Is 2018 going to be the breakthrough year, I...

 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Do you work more than 46 hours a week? If so, yikes! Watch out for your heart health. Research I saw recently said people who work more than this amount are at much greater risk of heart disease. That's one of many reasons it's vital...

 

Friday, October 20, 2017

 

Friday, September 15, 2017

If someone asked you to guess what is one of the biggest sources of homeowners insurance liability claims, you might be shocked to learn it's dog bites! Yep, $600 million worth of them every year. And the claim rate is rising...

 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

It's bad enough that most of us have to struggle with managing our own weight. But what do you do when you suspect your pet has a weight problem too? Well, you can take heart that you're not alone. According to the Association for Pet...

 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

As Top Tens go, it's hardly a chart you'd want to wallow in, but knowing the location of the 10 germiest places in your home could save you some serious trouble. Any guesses? Many of them are not where you'd expect, according to...