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Consumer Connection: Be Alert for Unauthorized Plan Switching  of Individual Health Insurance Policies

Consumer Connection: Be Alert for Unauthorized Plan Switching of Individual Health Insurance Policies

08 May, 2024| News

Individual health insurance is insurance you purchase yourself – not through an employer or provided through a government health insurance program.  Individual health insurance policies come in two main forms –they are available either on or off the federal Health Insurance Marketplace. If you are purchasing a policy that is

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Consumer Connection: Questions to Consider Before Investing in the Stock Market

Consumer Connection: Questions to Consider Before Investing in the Stock Market

01 Feb, 2022| News

The new year brings opportunities for improvement to your financial health.  Investing in the stock market can be an effective way to build wealth. The historic average stock market return is 10% annually before inflation, but investing is geared toward long-term goals and involves risks.  Being financially literate is the foundation to investing, growing,

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Debt Reduction Strategies

Debt Reduction Strategies

02 Aug, 2021| News

One of the biggest obstacles to financial wellness and a secure retirement is debt due to mortgages, credit cards, car payments and student loans. According to a 2021 CNBC Report the average American has $90,460 in debt including their mortgages. Having any debt takes money out of your disposable income

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Emergency Fund: How to Build Up Your Financial Cushion?

Emergency Fund: How to Build Up Your Financial Cushion?

28 Jun, 2021| News

You never know when it’s going to happen. Your car breaks down. Your pet needs emergency surgery. Your spouse loses their job. Two things are for certain: Unexpected expenses do happen, and everyone needs an emergency fund. An emergency fund serves as a financial cushion to keep your family afloat

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May is Older Americans Month – Insurance FAQs

May is Older Americans Month – Insurance FAQs

17 May, 2021| News

Is Long-Term Care Insurance Right for Me? This May, as we celebrate Older Americans Month, we are focusing on the need for a strong financial foundation and long-term care insurance might be an option to assist you in building your foundation. Coverage from a long-term care policy may pay some

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Iowa Department of Insurance and Financial Services Launches Save4Later Retirement Security Program During National Financial Literacy Month

Iowa Department of Insurance and Financial Services Launches Save4Later Retirement Security Program During National Financial Literacy Month

07 Apr, 2021| News, Press Release

DES MOINES, IOWA – Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen announced today that the Iowa Department of Insurance and Financial Services (IID) is launching its Save4Later financial wellness and retirement security program to provide Iowans with tools and resources to plan for retirement and save for a financially secure future. “Whether you are 25 or 65,

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Research Says  . . .  Iowa Women Want to Learn About Investing

Research Says . . . Iowa Women Want to Learn About Investing

26 Feb, 2021| News

In our three-part financial literacy gender gap series, the Iowa Department of Insurance and Financial Services did a deep dive into all the reasons women lag men in financial literacy and the far-reaching negative impact that has on women. Because financial literacy is critical for Iowa women to gain financial

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Closing the Financial Literacy Gender Gap

Closing the Financial Literacy Gender Gap

06 Jan, 2021| News

By Sonya Sellmeyer, Consumer Advocate This article is the second of a three-part series on closing the financial literacy gender gap.  Throughout the United States, women lag men in financial literacy. Although many women have a basic understanding of money and can manage it on a day-to-day basis, they often

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Financial Literacy Gender Gap Is Harmful to Women

Financial Literacy Gender Gap Is Harmful to Women

15 Dec, 2020| News

This article is the first of a three-part series on closing the financial literacy gender gap. I am grateful for the women who blazed the trails before me, so I may have the freedoms, as well as career and financial opportunities, that I have today. In 1920, women’s voices roared

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Study Results: Financial Literacy Gender Gap

Study Results: Financial Literacy Gender Gap

01 Dec, 2020| News

Women lag men in financial literacy. The gender-based gap may negatively impact the financial well-being of women. Financial literacy has been linked to several important outcomes, including wealth accumulation, stock market participation and retirement planning.

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