How to Drive Value From Your Fastest Asset

Frances O'BrienAt the recent 2018 Monterey Car Week, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO broke the record for the most expensive car ever sold at public auction—bringing in more than $48 million. While an eye-popping number, it is indicative of a larger trend: successful individuals investing in collector cars as a means of diversifying their financial portfolios.

But a collector car’s value isn’t the only differentiator from “everyday” vehicles, even luxury ones. Rather, they require special care and risk mitigation measures in order to protect, both in terms of financial value and driving condition. Continue reading

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Are You Protected Against Water Damage? Survey Says… No

Frances O'BrienWhile most homeowners are rightly concerned about fire, theft and how to safeguard their home, new data from Chubb shows that the majority of homeowners are overlooking the single most common property-related loss: water damage. In fact, in a survey of 1,200 homeowners, Chubb found that water leaks only ranked fourth on the list of top home-related concerns. Continue reading

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A Collector’s Guide to Appraisals

Tema McMillonNo one wants to consider the unthinkable – like theft, damage or
loss – happening to a prized possession, but the reality is that these things happen. Whether you own fine art, jewelry, antiques or even classic cars, having a current appraisal is an important component of collection care. Continue reading

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Distracted driving: It’s more than you think!

Kelly LespierDistracted driving has gained a lot of attention in recent years, with many people blaming the increased technology. While the advancement of mobile technology has played a huge role in distracted driving, there are other aspects that contribute to this problem.

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Forget Finding Work-Life Balance.
It’s About Achieving Work-Life Security

Frances O'BrienWhen was the last time you worked 9-to-5? Chances are, not for a while. In fact, it’s a safe bet you’ve worked longer hours than 8-to-6 or 7-to-7 recently. Why? Because in today’s connected world, it’s “always on” all the time. Continue reading

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5 Ways to Strengthen Your Home’s Defenses Against Wildfire

In many parts of the US, wildfire threatens homes and businesses alike. According to the Insurance Information Institute, about 9.8 million acres burned in the 2017 period, and 8,700 structures were destroyed in Northern California alone.

A structure can be threatened in three ways: direct exposure to flames, radiated heat, and airborne firebands. According to the National Fire Protection Association, airborne firebands, such as ember fall-out, account for the majority of structures affected by wildfire. Embers are burning pieces of airborne wood and/or vegetation that can be carried more than a mile via wind and can cause spot fires and ignite homes, debris and other objects. Continue reading

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What Would Make You Switch Financial Advisors?

Frances O'BrienWhen’s the last time you thought about the relationship you had with your financial advisor?

For most people, that’s not something that regularly crosses your mind. As long as your portfolio performs well and your advisor picks up when you call, there’s not much you should be concerned about, right? Continue reading

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Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer

Rick AlbersCarbon monoxide (CO) is known as the “Silent Killer” as it is odorless, colorless and tasteless, yet can have deadly consequences. Carbon monoxide is a gas byproduct of burning fossil fuels in your furnace, clothes dryer, fireplace, automobile, portable heater, generator or other small engines and home appliances. Most issues occur when the equipment is malfunctioning or is in need of service or repair. Continue reading

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Could a Threat to Your Financial Well-Being be Lurking in Your Backyard?

Frances O'BrienThink about the last time you thoroughly examined your financial portfolio: did you assess all potential risks? Chances are you overlooked liability when conducting your financial review. Continue reading

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When the Power Goes Out, Can You Get Out of Your Garage?

Joe Kim
Power outages are common occurrences in many parts of the country and their frequencies have been steadily rising over the years. Occasional outages can be a nuisance and disruptive to our lives but they can also pose serious life safety risks especially during natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires. Continue reading

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