What is COBRA Continuation Health Insurance Coverage – How Does It Work?

One of the biggest fears any of us have about losing a job is the loss of health insurance.

COBRA continuation health insurance was designed to eliminate that fear, but the reality is that relatively few people ever take it.

Why is that?

COBRA seems simple, and on the surface it is.  Details of the provision on the other hand, are anything but.

What is COBRA Continuation Health Insurance Coverage?

COBRA is the abbreviation for the Consolidated Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1985 It was enacted by the U.S. government that mandates providing employees with continuing health insurance coverage after separation from their employers.  The Act has been in existence since April, 1986, and covers most employees.

How Does COBRA work?

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8 Places to Research Your Potential House Before You Buy a Home

Buying a home is a big deal.  

You don’t want to go into it unprepared.

Before you buy a house, you want to make sure that you are getting the right house for you — and that it’s in the right neighborhood. The steps to buying a house start with thorough research on the topic.

As you research buying a house, here are 8 web sites that can help you narrow the field and find what works best for you:

1. Trulia

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Alternatives to Attending PayScale’s Top Universities and Still Earning a Commanding Salary

Getting ready to choose a college? 

Depending on your children and their interests, they may be looking at a report to determine the top party schools or the schools that rank highest for their chosen field.

Or, they may just care about the bottom line.

In that case, the annual PayScale report probably attracts their interest.

PayScale offers an annual college salary report that shows which colleges produce graduates that make the highest annual income.  The report breaks this down by starting salary and mid-career salary.  They also report how satisfied respondents are with their jobs.  All the data is collected by those who self-report.

This year, schools in the top 10 are composed primarily of Ivy League schools, private schools, and schools that specialize in a field such as engineering.  They are in order of ranking: Continue Reading

The Discover it Card Review – An All-Around Card That’s Fair to the Consumer

Would you like a credit card that didn’t hit you with a ton of fees?  

Maybe even a card that was fair to its users? How about a card with generous cash back?  Let’s add in customer service from a company known for its customer loyalty?

Oh, and keeping track of your FICO® credit score would be awesome too, right?

Mix that all together and you get the Discover it® card.

Discover set out to make an all-in-one card made up of the best qualities that consumers are looking for.  They created an all new line of cards: the Discover it card.

Let’s take a look at some quick basics of the Discover it card before we get to our review:

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Flu Season in Full Swing and Links

The flu season has hit with surprising force this year.

Some are calling it an epidemic while others think it is just a stronger flu season than normal.  Nonetheless it seems to be everywhere across the country.  Some areas are running out of flu vaccinations which isn’t helping matters.  The government has set up a pretty slick website over at Flu.gov to guide you in getting through this year’s flu season.

Be sure to check with your insurance company to see if they cover flu shots.  Even if they don’t most walk in clinics charge about $25.  Compared to feeling ill for 7 days and having to miss work, $25 still seems like a bargain to me.

Avoid feeling ill when you look at your bank account and credit card statements by using these great articles to get better with your money:

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5 Tips for Increasing Your Investment Returns

We all want to see better returns on our investments.

Whether you are building an income portfolio and want to, eventually, make it work for you in terms of viable revenue, or whether you are just hoping for decent returns for the long-term, what you do now can make a difference later.

If you want to see better investment returns, here are some things to keep in mind to boost returns over time:

1. Don’t Give in to Knee Jerk Reactions

One of the worst things you can do for your investment portfolio is to give in to knee jerk reactions.

It’s easy to let panic drive you into abandoning some part of your investment strategy.  However, this can be a terrible idea.
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What is the European Debt Crisis and How Can It Affect You?

For the past several years the European Union — also called the Eurozone — has been enduring a deep financial crisis that has shaken the faith of the markets in the region.

The issue is complicated and difficult to summarize in a basic article, but having even the most basic understanding of how it might impact you personally is important.

The goal of this article is to highlight some of the key aspects of the European debt crisis so you as an individual are better prepared to seek more information on your own and avoid making critical financial mistakes.

What is the European Debt Crisis?

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