Home Insurance, Disaster Protection & Annual Reviews

The fires in Sonoma and Napa Counties are a sad reminder of how quickly disaster can strike. If you’re a homeowner and haven’t looked at your insurance policy lately, now is the time. It’s time to get reacquainted with what’s covered, what’s not, and how to balance the cost and benefits.

Equifax Breach & Protecting Yourself

Between Equifax and the Yahoo breaches, millions of Americans and billions of accounts were exposed. Rather than rant and rave about how security violations happen, I’d like to focus on how to take control. Given the laws of probability, we all experience some kind of fraud or exposure. Many of the tips shared below I’ve done, or we’ve helped clients straighten out the messes caused by fraudulent activity.

Is It Time to Retire or Start a Second Career?

For many of us over fifty, the idea of retirement is an enticing dream. Ditch the Silicon Valley commute. Eliminate the stress of a 40+ hour work week. Spend more time doing what we love. Yet only 60% of workers say they are confident about their financial outlook for retirement, based on the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s Retirement Confidence Survey quoted in NextAvenue.org (a PBS site for people over 50).

Winning the Lottery: What Should You Do?!!

MillionairesDo you daydream of winning the lottery? Even as a Daily Money Manager, I too fantasize about winning the big jackpot. Sometimes money can make people crazy… whether it’s an inheritance, unexpected windfall, or something like winning lotto. So here’s my advice.

Do You Need Cyber Insurance?

Proud-LockA lot of my client work involves working with online banking apps and managing financial reports that I share electronically with other professionals like CPAs, financial advisors and estate attorneys. I’m a stickler for security and was curious about cyber insurance and if it was something my clients should have.

Technology Scams Targeted at Seniors

Online FraudA computer connected to the Internet can be a lifeline for seniors. It’s a way to stay connected to their families as well as their finances. Unfortunately seniors are often targets for scam artists hoping to prey on their ignorance in managing their technology.  I recently helped a client clean up the mess following a tech support incident. Hopefully the lessons we learned can help you or a loved one avoid falling victim to this type of scheme.

Using Technology for Credit Card Safety in the Holidays

Happy HolidaysNow that Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Money and Giving Tuesday are over (!), your credit cards may have had a quite a workout. Over the years I find that the holidays can be a hectic time, filled with a flurry of transactions, paper receipts… and opportunity for fraud. Let me share some tips in keeping your credit cards and identity safe this holiday season.