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Author Archives: Fran O'Brien
When was the last time you logged into your computer, connected to an app via your smartphone or asked your internet-connected personal assistant a question? Chances are, it was just a few minutes ago.While there are significant benefits such technologies bring to our lives (namely convenience), it’s important that we don’t overlook the corresponding cyber exposures. The good news is that most Americans recognize these risks, with 86% reporting that they are “very” or “somewhat” concerned about their cyber exposure in a recent Chubb survey. The bad news, however, is that such concern doesn’t always translate into action. Why the mismatch? The answer is that most don’t understand the full extent of their cyber vulnerability. Continue reading
At 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
While 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 … Continue reading
hen 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.
While there is an important debate to be had about the long-term impact this has on our mental health, there is an immediate risk that can’t be ignored (and can arguably cause long-term stress!): cyber breaches. This is particularly true for the two-thirds (65%) of Americans who noted in a recent Chubb survey that they work from home and the additional 38% who reported conducting business on a personal device. Continue reading
When’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?
Think 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
How often do you look at the specifics of your insurance coverage as it pertains to your overall financial health? When’s the last time your financial advisor spoke to you about your insurance needs?
This is especially important for successful individuals and families, as many may have inadequate existing coverage or lack coverage entirely. If a catastrophic event were to occur involving your home, you could be paying out of pocket if the expenses exceed policy limits.
When was the last time you took a look at your insurance policies?
If you’re like the majority of folks, probably not very recently. Unfortunately, this could mean that your finances are not as protected as you may believe. Consider the fact that, over time, your wealth slowly builds, and properties and non-financial assets are accrued. As a result, your insurance coverage may need changed, and what worked last year might not work this year.
The holiday season is a time filled with family, friends and gift-giving. But many popular gifts can inadvertently introduce new risk to you and your recipient’s homes and wallets. To avoid being the holiday gift giving Grinch, here are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing gifts for friends and family. Continue reading
Hiding in your home is an unforeseen – and often overlooked – risk that may cause major stress, disruption and financial loss. The culprit? Water damage.
Regardless of your home’s location, be it on the coast, a flood-prone area or inland, water damage poses an enormous risk to your home and valuables within. In fact, water damage is seven times more likely to occur than a fire and six times more likely than a burglary – and more than half of homeowners who experienced water damage in the past two years reported spending over $5,000 in repair and clean-up costs, with 15% of respondents spending $20,000 or more, according to a Chubb survey.