Tech's hottest IPOs of the year, including Beyond Meat and Zoom, dropped on Monday, falling more than the broader market.Technologyread more
"We do not seek conflict with Iran or any other country," Trump tells reporters in the Oval Office.Politicsread more
Stocks in Asia were tepid in Tuesday morning trade, while investors looked toward to a meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping set to...Asia Marketsread more
Chinese Vice Premier Liu He held a phone conversation with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, China's Ministry of Commerce...World Economyread more
Sen. Bernie Sanders announced a plan Monday to forgive the country's $1.6 trillion outstanding student loan tab, intensifying the higher education policy debate in the 2020...Personal Financeread more
While earnings usually come in substantially ahead of expectations — as much as 4 or 5 percentage points is not unusual — the downward direction in the outlook doesn't speak...Earningsread more
U.S. President Donald Trump's senior adviser Kellyanne Conway will not testify before the House of Representatives Oversight Committee this week on her alleged violations of...Politicsread more
"We missed being the dominant mobile operating system by a very tiny amount. We were distracted during our antitrust trial. We didn't assign the best people to do the work,"...Technologyread more
PatientsLikeMe was bought by UnitedHealth following a review by Trump's Treasury Department, which scrutinized the start-up because it's backed by Chinese cash.Technologyread more
Some traders think the energy rally is about to wane, despite the sector being one of June's big winners.ETF Edgeread more
Stocks with this one feature are poised to crush the market after a rate cut, according to Goldman Sachs.Marketsread more
As the nation's heartland endures heavy rainfall, catastrophic flooding and deadly tornadoes, homeowners elsewhere shouldn't assume they are out of harm's way. Now is the time to evaluate any risk for potential summer storm damage.
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. And although the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts a near-normal season, it nevertheless expects nine to 15 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher).
Of those, four to eight could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher) and include two to four major hurricanes (winds of 111 mph or higher).
In other words, people who live in areas affected by hurricanes could be in a major storm's path at some point over the next six months. And if they haven't evaluated whether they're covered for the potential cost of rebuilding after a disaster, now's the time to do it.
As temperatures rise and more moisture is held in the air, massive storms — some of which stall and dump torrential rainfall — have become more frequent in recent years.
Last year, Hurricane Florence caused $24 billion in damage when it battered the Southeast in September, dumping nearly 36 inches of rain in some spots in North Carolina and causing widespread flooding and wind-related destruction. Hurricane Michael hit the panhandle of Florida in October, leaving $25 billion worth of damages in its wake.
"Flooding is the number one disaster threat," said Lynne McChristian, non-resident scholar for the Insurance Information Institute. "Pay attention to what's happening elsewhere and realize it could be you."
Here are some tips for making sure you're financially prepared for hurricane season.
There's a good chance your homeowners insurance policy has a hurricane deductible. In 18 states and Washington, D.C., it's a given. In others, it depends on your policy.
Either way, that deductible typically ranges from about 1 percent to 5 percent, depending on the specifics of your insurance contract. Some homeowners might opt for an even higher deductible if it's available.
It's important to note that the percentage is based on your insured value, not the damage caused. So if your home is insured for $200,000 and you have a 2 percent hurricane deductible, you'll pay $4,000 whether the damage is $20,000 or $200,000.
This means you need a plan to cover your share in the aftermath of a disaster.
"People should never take a higher deductible than they can afford," McChristian said. "Now's a good time to look at it and make sure you're comfortable with it."
While most homeowners' policies cover wind damage, they generally exclude flood damage. Yet floods are often what cause the most destruction.
"People are suffering flood damage in many parts of the country that never had it before and never thought they were vulnerable," McChristian said.
For coverage, you'd need flood insurance through either the federal National Flood Insurance Program or a private insurer. Be aware, however, that there are coverage exclusions and limitations.
For example, a government flood policy won't cover all of your belongings in your basement outside of things such as washers and dryers and water heaters. Separate insurance would be required.
If you think you might want a flood policy, don't wait for storm clouds to appear on the horizon. It will take 30 days to become effective.
Even if you don't own your home, your finances are still at risk if a storm barrels through and damages the house or building you live in.
Renter's insurance is an option for covering your belongings. It also can cover the cost of having to live somewhere else if you can't remain in your home after a storm.
If you have an older home and it is substantially damaged, it has to be rebuilt according to current building codes. Chances are they are stricter than when your older home was built.
"It can end up costing 25 percent to 50 percent more if you have to rebuild your home under a newer code," McChristian said.
Not surprisingly, there's an insurance policy for that. Called building ordinance and law coverage, it can cover the extra expenses involved in bringing your house up to code.