Monthly Archives: April 2011

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Well? What’s The Verdict?

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Insurance company underwriters are a bit like television crime drama profilers.  They have specific tools they use, along with your application, to figure you out, to decide if you are insurable, and what kind of risk you present. These tools … Continue reading

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Health Updates 29 April 2011

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US targets advertisers in fight against childhood obesity: “Regulators are asking food makers and restaurant companies to make a choice: make your products healthier or stop advertising them to youngsters”. (NY Times) Depression undiagnosed and untreated in primary care: “Four … Continue reading

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The Undertaker – No! The Underwriter Is In The House

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Underwriting is a distinctly mysterious process.  It sounds unpleasant; lots of agents are vague about its origins and validity in everyday life.  They might explain it as a necessary evil, a hurdle in the application process,  a minefield to navigate. … Continue reading

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Health Updates 28 April 2011

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Study finds armadillos can pass leprosy to humans: “Researchers at the National Hansen’s disease Programs in Baton Rouge, La., led an international team of scientists who published their findings in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine.  They think it requires … Continue reading

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Now That I’ve Found You…

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Right, then, you’ve turned up that policy.  The search is over, the money’s on its way! Well, not exactly.  In theory, it all should be pretty straightforward: policy, death certificate, check. It is a bit more tricky than that, though, … Continue reading

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Health Updates 27 April 2011

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Being social keeps the brain sharp: “After an average of five years, those who were more socially active were less likely to experience a deterioration of their cognitive abilities, the researchers reported in the Journal of International Neuropsychological Society”. (Washington … Continue reading

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Uh oh…Has Anyone Seen That Policy Lately?

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Each year, hundreds of families conduct frantic searches through boxes and drawers and cupboards and files, anxiously (and perhaps a bit guiltily, too) tracking down the life insurance policies of a recently deceased relative or close friend. This is not … Continue reading