• Seven States With Sky-High Insurance Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 9:49 AM ET
    With forecasters predicting 12 to 18 named storms in 2011, homeowners in the Southern United States may already be looking past the sunny days of summer and bracing for the hurricane season. Insurance providers have already bet on it. Homeowners in certain hurricane prone states are at the mercy of an entirely separate insurance market — the so-called “market of last resort” — created to pick up the slack from private insurers who don't provide coverage for hurricanes — or, for that matter, torn

    See average annual homeowners insurance premiums in these states, as well as average windstorm insurance premiums from the least expensive to the most expensive.

  • Insurers call windstorm coverage — including  hurricanes, tornadoes, and hail — the  "market of last resort,"  which comes with its own special rates applied to areas most prone to disaster.

  • Stormy Weather - A CNBC Special Report

    This year has already been a record one for storm damage, with more severe weather of all kinds.

  • Disaster Prevention Spawns a Cottage Industry Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 9:34 AM ET
    Deluxe Preparedness Kit

    A not-so-small cottage industry is now built around disaster preparation. While it never hurts to be prepared, say experts, how much of this industry is actually playing into people’s fears?

  • Insurance Industry Grapples With Climate Change Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 9:33 AM ET
    Vehicles are crushed by a collapsed wall at a carpark in Mito city

    To what degree a catastrophic event might be caused by climate change is impossible to measure at this stage, so global warming isn’t being directly priced into insurance premiums.

  • Cleaning Up On The Clean-Up of Natural Disasters Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 9:33 AM ET
    Damaged vehicles in parking lot of St. John's Hospital after tornado hit in Joplin, Missouri.

    Companies like ServiceMaster,  ServPro, Disaster Kleenup International and the Signature Group are ready to mobilize workers by the hundreds to respond to catastrophe for days and weeks on end.

  • Natural Gas

    New pipelines and high storage levels will combine to prevent a repeat of 2005 when hurricanes Katrina and Rita interrupted supply and prices spiked.

  • Crazy Weather and Commodities     Monday, 27 Jun 2011 | 10:50 AM ET

    Analysis of last year's catastrophic weather and its impact on the price of commodities, with Jeff Masters, WeatherUnderground.com meteorology director, and Sterling Smith, Country Hedging.

  • Weather Worst Case Scenario Costs     Thursday, 2 Jun 2011 | 2:10 PM ET

    Discussing how to plan, if weather-related disasters happen, with Michael Hicks, Ball State University; Addison Armstrong,Tradition Energy, Scott Bernhardt, Planalytics, and CNBC's Mary Thompson.

  • Global Weather Woes     Thursday, 2 Jun 2011 | 2:02 PM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports on the unusual weather sweeping the globe.

  • Trading Mother Nature     Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 | 10:12 AM ET

    Jeff Hodgson, Chicago Weather Brokerage, discusses how to make money off of the slew of natural disasters.

  • Hurricane Season Begins     Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 7:24 PM ET

    The Weather Channel's Rick Knabb takes a look ahead of this year's hurricane season.

  • Businesses Bracing for Storms     Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 2:17 PM ET

    Discussing which companies stand to benefit and which will be hurt in the coming hurricane season, with Evan Gold, Planalytics, Inc.

  • Insuring a Tough Hurricane Season     Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 2:15 PM ET

    CNBC's Mary Thompson reports on which insurance companies stand to profit from a severe hurricane season.

  • How to Use Currencies to Trade on Hurricanes Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 11:45 AM ET
    Hurricane Earl is seen on August 30, 2010 in the Atlantic Ocean as seen from space.

    Hurricane season is about to start. Here's how to trade it.

  • Worst Weather to Come?     Monday, 23 May 2011 | 2:11 PM ET

    This season's hurricane forecast, with Evan Gold, Planalytics.

  • Higher Storm Damage Could Help Insurance Stocks Monday, 23 May 2011 | 1:50 PM ET
    Residents walking down street after a tornado in Joplin, Missouri.

    It's been a stormy year for U.S. property insurers, and hurricane season hasn't even started yet. But shares of these companies could be jumping if a bad year in weather prompts premium increases.

  • Energy Falls Despite 'Above Average' Hurricane Forecast Thursday, 19 May 2011 | 1:45 PM ET

    The federal government’s main weather forecasting agency warns of an “above average” hurricane season this summer, yet the energy market yawns...

  • Charity To Japan: A Better Way? Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 4:29 PM ET
    Damaged houses, cars and debris after the earthquake

    The catastrophic events of the past week or so in Japan have many reaching for their wallets, seeking to help the afflicted nation and its people. Unfortunately, writing a check to a Japan earthquake specific charity fund might not be the wisest choice.

  • In his first one-on-one television interview since leaving the White House, former President George W. Bush talked about regrets, accomplishments and his legacy with NBC's Matt Lauer.