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CA News Logo Investment basics (Fall 2017) Investing is necessary if you want to outpace inflation and achieve long-term financial goals. In the "Investment Basics" issue of Consumer Action News, we offer essential information and resources for understanding and managing the costs of investing, vetting financial advisers, avoiding common investing pitfalls and fine-tuning your investment game. We also report on the status of the fiduciary rule—increased protection for investors that is being resisted by some in the industry and government. (Tuesday, August 22, 2017)

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Insuring yourself in the ‘sharing economy’ (Vietnamese)

Insuring yourself in the ‘sharing economy’ (Vietnamese). Nền “kinh tế trao đổi” có thể giúp cho quý vị có nhiều cách kiếm tiền mới, nhưng cũng giống như bất kỳ các nghề buôn bán hay nghề tự do nào khác, nó có các vấn đề về bảo hiểm quý vị nên để ý tới. Ấn bản này giải thích các rủi ro tiềm ẩn liên hệ đến từng loại “trao đổi,” các bảo hiểm nào thường được cung cấp bởi “mặt bằng” liên đới tới người tiêu dùng, bảo hiểm cá nhân của quý vị có thể không đủ bảo vệ ra sao, các lựa chọn nào khác để bảo vệ quý vị hoàn toàn, và tìm thêm nguồn hướng dẫn và trợ giúp ở đâu. 
The "sharing economy" can offer you new ways to earn, but, as with any business or self-employment venture, there are insurance issues to consider. This publication explains the potential risks associated with each type of "sharing," what protection is typically available from the "platforms" that connect users, how your personal insurance may fall short, what your options are for full protection, and where to get more information.

Insuring yourself in the ‘sharing economy’ (Korean)

Insuring yourself in the ‘sharing economy’ (Korean). "공유 경제"는 수입을 벌어들이는 새로운 방법을 제공하지만 모든 사업 또는 자영업과 같이 고려해야할 보험 문제가 있습니다. 이 안내서는 각각의 "공유 경제" 유형과 관련된 잠재적인 위험들, 사용자들을 연결시켜 주는 "플랫폼들"이 일반적으로 제공하는 보험들, 개인 보험이 충분하지 않을 수 있는 이유 그리고 추가 정보를 얻을 수 있는 곳 등에 대해 설명하고 았습니다.
The "sharing economy" can offer you new ways to earn, but, as with any business or self-employment venture, there are insurance issues to consider. This publication explains the potential risks associated with each type of "sharing," what protection is typically available from the "platforms" that connect users, how your personal insurance may fall short, what your options are for full protection, and where to get more information.

Time for an insurance checkup (Chinese)

Time for an insurance checkup (Chinese). 個人應該保持適當足夠的保險,其意義在於你每年都需要重新評估自己的保險涵蓋範圍,同時如果你的生活中發生特殊狀況時,你應如何調整個人保險去應對。這本查核個人保險的刊物詳述對於定期查核個人保險條款的重要性,也列舉各項會造成個人保險涵蓋範圍改變的生活特殊狀況。同時內容也有你應如何妥善處理個人保險的相關提示及查核工具,以及各項網上資源鏈接以供消費者查詢。 Staying adequately insured means reassessing your coverage each year and adjusting it in response to specific life events. This Insurance Checkup fact sheet explains why it’s important to revisit your insurance policies regularly, lists specific life events that typically warrant a change in coverage, provides tips and tools for managing your insurance and offers links to resources where you can learn more.

Time for an insurance checkup (Spanish)

Time for an insurance checkup (Spanish). Para mantener un nivel adecuado de cobertura de seguro, todos los años se le debe reevaluar y ajustar en respuesta a eventos específicos en su vida. Esta hoja informativa para analizar su cobertura explica por qué es importante revisar con regularidad sus pólizas de seguro, enumera los eventos específicos de la vida que por lo general requieren un cambio en la cobertura, ofrece consejos y herramientas para manejar sus seguros y enlaces a recursos donde usted puede obtener más información.

Insurance in the ‘sharing economy’ - PowerPoint slides

Insurance in the ‘sharing economy’ - PowerPoint slides. This downloadable PowerPoint presentation is designed to be used in conjunction with the “Insuring yourself in the ’sharing economy'” lesson plan. The slides provide a visual component to the training that helps to engage learners and improve retention.

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Recommended Publications

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

2016 Car Insurance & Credit Scores Report by WalletHub Cover Art 2016 Car Insurance & Credit Scores Report by WalletHub. The WalletHub study gives us information on the connection between credit scores and car insurance.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

I.I.I. Toolkit Cover Art I.I.I. Toolkit. This three-tool suite of apps from the Insurance Information Institute helps you prepare your family for a disaster, guides you through choosing the right types and amounts of insurance coverage and enables you to keep an up-to-date electronic record of your belongings.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Patient’s Guide to HIPAA Cover Art Patient’s Guide to HIPAA. This guide explains how you can use the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to protect your medical privacy.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Filing a health information privacy complaint Cover Art Filing a health information privacy complaint. You have the right to file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for violations of your medical privacy.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Health insurance 'Premiums vs Paychecks' Cover Art Health insurance 'Premiums vs Paychecks'. Throughout the first eight years of the new millennium, health care costs have skyrocketed, while working families’ wages have stood still.

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