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What to Do When Insurers Start Rejecting Superstorm Sandy Claims

Superstorm Sandy is expected to cost a staggering $50 billion, with as many as 200,000 claims for wind damage and 20,000 claims for flood damage filed by consumers. The sooner those claims are filed the better, but that doesn't necessarily mean everyone will get what they ask for.

The 11 Costliest Hurricanes in U.S. History

When Sandy struck New York City and other major East Coast population centers, it immediately vaulted onto the list of the most expensive storms in U.S. history. Repairing the damage will ultimately cost tens of billions of dollars. Here's how Sandy stacks up to other devastating Atlantic storms.

Frankenstorm Approaches: How to Deal with Sandy

Experts say the oncoming storm could be wider and stronger than Irene, which caused more than $15 billion in damage, and might rival the worst East Coast storm on record. Here's how to deal with the potential damage of Sandy, the so-called Frankenstorm.

How to Get Your Insurer to Pay Your Frankenstorm Damage Claim

Frankenstorm is coming, but let's assume you did the right thing in getting insurance to protect yourself against heavy weather and floods. If the storm hits you, your next challenge may be getting the insurance company to pony up the cash instead of trying to deny your claim.

Frankenstorm Is Coming: Do You Have Flood Insurance

With Hurricane Sandy, aka Frankenstorm, poised to hit the U.S. next week, now may be a good time to ask: Do you have flood insurance, and should you? Even if you're not in this storm's path, 90% of natural disasters nationwide involve flooding. Yet less than a fifth of U.S. homeowners have a flood insurance policy.

10 Smart Uses for Your Tax Refund

By Kimberly Lankford, Kiplinger If you have a refund check coming your way, consider using it to bolster your personal balance sheet. The average...

15 Kinds of Insurance You May Not Need

It's bad enough that we fork over gobs of money for all kinds of necessities, such as our mortgage payments, groceries, gas, and electricity. But it's a real shame when we fork over dollars needlessly, buying things we don't need -- like many kinds of insurance.

Hurricane Season: Are You Covered for Flood Damage?

Hurricane season comes every year, and 90% of natural disasters nationwide involve flooding. Yet less than a fifth of U.S. homeowners have a flood insurance policy. With Hurricane Irene poised to hit U.S. shores this week, now may be a good time to ask: Are you covered, and should you be?

Insurance Riders: When to Say Yes to Extra Protection

Ordinary insurance policies cover the basics -- but what if you want more? The industry will happily take more of your money to give you the added piece of mind that a rider can provide. The question is, when are riders worth it?

Disaster Plans: Prepared for a Worst-Case Scenario?

The deadly tornadoes and flooding that struck the South and Midwest in April, the devastating earthquake in Japan, and concerns about terrorist reprisals after Osama Bin Laden's death should serve as reminders to property owners: You may hope it never comes, but you need to plan for the worst-case scenario.

After Katrina, the New Orleans Population Goes Upscale

Five years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is older, wealthier and less diverse, but it's also home to more well-off young people -- demographic changes that could attract more businesses and developers, and give a real lift to efforts to rebuild the Big Easy.

Insurance that is worth the money

Insurance is a necessity of modern life. Face it, there is, as yet, no way to guarantee that nothing bad will ever happen to you or that you will...

Are you at risk for a flood?

The sight of thousands of homes under water in the aftermath of Katrina was sadly familiar to many Americans. Flooding is a disaster to which few are...