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Author Archives: Fran O'Brien
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.
It’s not uncommon for assets such as homes, boats or other properties to be placed into trusts and limited liability corporations (LLCs). However, these vehicles can present unexpected risks if inadequately or improperly insured – or inadvertently, not insured at all. Continue reading
In the past, many American travelers divided the world into two categories: “safe” and “unsafe” zones. Today, however, this line is becoming less defined as more Americans are traveling to areas around the world that were previously perceived as risky, … Continue reading
Summer is a great time to get away and relax, but for many, safety remains a number one concern. In fact, 72% of U.S. travelers say they would pay more for vacation if they could ensure greater security, as well as … Continue reading
Summertime is just around the corner, and many Americans are packing their suitcases and finalizing itineraries for a much-desired vacation. But with a burglary taking place every 10.5 seconds, 60 percent of which occur in residential properties, it is vital … Continue reading
Technology has become an integral part of everyday life. However, with nearly 400,000 identity theft complaints reported to the government in 2016, it’s no secret that the benefits of technological advancements are accompanied by numerous, unforeseen threats that leave personal, financial and intellectual information vulnerable to theft. Continue reading
With $27 billion worth of art sold during 2015 in the U.S., it’s clear many Americans are increasingly turning to fine art for both personal and financial benefit. But regardless of whether collectors are making an investment or passion-based purchase, there are a number of risks to consider. Continue reading
So, what can high-net-worth (HNW) individuals do to protect their fine jewelry? To start, take the time to learn proper jewelry safety and care. For example, while it may be tempting to store jewelry in the bedroom, the safest place is in a secure home safe (or even better, a bank vault). The same goes when traveling. If staying at a hotel, always store jewelry in the hotel’s main vault—not in the room’s safe. Additionally, never wear your valuable jewels while lounging at the pool or at the local beach. Continue reading