What Have You Read Lately About Long-Term Care Insurance?

“Never let the truth get in the way of a good story,”. I am sure Mark Twain wasn’t thinking about Long-Term Care or today’s news media when he said this long ago. Today it is very easy to place a news story for people to consume. Between traditional TV and radio, an expanded 24/7 news cycle with cable news there is a lot of information available. The biggest difference today, like the old days when anyone with a printing press could print anything they like, now you just need a computer to create a news story. It seems almost everyone has a computer or smart phone and they are not afraid to use it.The topic of Long-Term Care has become a big one with an aging America. By 2030, 1 in 4 Americans will be over the age of 50. By 2050, 1 of every 5 Americans will be 65+ according to data from data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It seems like once you get around the age of 50 the conversation about Long-Term Care starts coming up. In today’s world that means you hit the internet and see what information you can find. However, some articles are providing misleading or even completely erroneous information on Long-Term Care Insurance.We have heard the term fake news, but perhaps the best way to define what is being written about Long-Term Care is just “lazy news” or “advocacy news”. It seems like everyone with a computer, including myself, has an agenda. How much of this is “truth” is a matter to discuss.Generally, there is more to a story… and the stuff left out is usually very important. The stories about Long-Term Care insurance premium rate increases are very misleading. They usually leave out many details. The reporters or “professionals” writing these articles often have an agenda to push the public in one direction or another.The other thing to remember is the internet is also “old news” as nothing on the internet usually gets deleted. You may find and read something that is old but that story may have been updated numerous times since the first story was published making the information you are reading outdated. You must do more due diligence today to see if you are getting accurate information.


Since the issue of planning for the financial costs and burdens of aging is so important to American families you should know the facts. Often the reason the articles talk about premium increases is to scare the consumer. Maybe the writer wants the government to pay for all long-term care (not going to happen as too many people require care and budgets are tight as it is trying to take care of those with little or no savings). Perhaps the writer wants to have the consumer spend large sums of money of certain type of financial product they are selling. The consumer should understand the truth, so they can plan in advance with more peace-of-mind.These increases that are being reported are primarily on “legacy products” These are older plans that were priced well before the interest rate crash and rate stabilization regulations.Today, all plans are priced with the very low interest rate environment in mind (interest rates have been low in the United States over the last decade). These older plans which had increases were based on a few factors:· Interest rates· Lapse rates (meaning, how many people drop their policies. In practice, very few do, but this was not factored into premium pricing on many older plans)· Claims and underwriting experienceThese policies are paying huge benefits as well. In 2017 over $9.2 billion was paid in benefits to American families protecting assets and easing family burden.The fact is these older policies were underpriced to start with and even with increases they still have outstanding value and huge benefits. Nobody likes an increase, but you must put that increase in perspective. Many of these people I speak with have huge benefits which have been increasing 5% compounded every year since they had the policy. Many have unlimited lifetime benefits as well. Since they have these huge benefits many can reduce the benefit or inflation factor to keep the premium the same. As their benefits increase far greater compared to the cost of long-term care they remain in an outstanding position.Today’s Long-Term Care insurance policies remain very affordable as people start purchasing plans prior to retirement. Underwriting is more conservative but since consumers are younger most people can still find an appropriate plan.Experts say that the risks of increases are small but like anything there is always a chance of an approved increase. However, if you read some of the articles being published you would think the industry is dead and consumers no longer have any interest in the product.The fact is there are still numerous insurance companies marketing Long-Term Care insurance. Consumer interest has never been greater. As I speak to other Long-Term Care Insurance specialists, like myself, we have all noticed a big increase in both consumer awareness and interest. Consumers are younger, more knowledgeable with the risks (often with first-hand experience with an elder parent or other family member) and we are bombarded with requests for information and quotes.Consumers are seeking help from Long-Term Care specialists as most financial advisors and general insurance agents have limited knowledge and experience with the products, underwriting, policy design, benefit options and the federal/state partnership program which is available in most states. Therefore, some of these professionals push consumers into options they are more comfortable with despite the fact they might not be the best and most affordable way to address the costs and burdens of aging.Long-Term Care Insurance, despite what you read, is very affordable for most people. With regulation and better pricing consumers enjoy additional peace-of-mind knowing they have a plan they can count on in the decades to come that will remain affordable once they retire and get older.Many people can obtain outstanding coverage for under $150 a month, some even under $100. Premiums are based on your age at the time to get a plan, your health and the amount of benefits who wish to have. Most of the people I speak with nationwide are from ages 45 to 60.A true Long-Term Care specialist will ask you numerous questions about your health, family history and retirement plans in order to make the proper recommendation. Anyone willing to give you “quotes” without asking very many questions should be avoided.


Long-Term Care insurance is custom designed. Plus, every insurance company has its own underwriting criteria. A true Long-Term Care specialist will represent most or all the major companies. They will have a keen understanding of underwriting and policy design. They should have processed many claims, so they have the first-hand knowledge of how these policies get used at the time of claim.Finally, a real Long-Term Care specialist will not steer you to certain type of policy without spending time speaking with you to determine which type of plan fits your specific situation. Working with a Long-Term Care specialist will allow you to get the accurate information you seek. There are several reference websites for research:LTC News offers articles and resources: http://www.ltcnews.comUS Department of Health and Human Services: https://longtermcare.acl.gov/The main concern for most people is they understand caregiving is hard. An older spouse can’t be expected to be a caregiver without impact their own health. Adult children and their own families, careers and responsibilities. Paid care is expensive and drains savings and impacts lifestyle.For many, Long-Term Care Insurance is easy, affordable, rate stable income and asset protection. It reduces the burdens which your aging will have on your family. However, speak with a true specialist. There are not many Long-Term Care specialists with extensive experience, but I help people nationwide and a number of others like myself do as well.This will give you and your family tremendous peace-of-mind and that is not fake news.

How to Buy and Sell Things For Profit – Seven Ways

There are basically seven ways to buy and sell things for profit.

If you make a living you already buy and sell things. You can buy and sell services which is called work, or you can buy and sell property. Most of us are better at buying than we are selling. By that I mean we manage to buy more in dollars than we make. It doesn’t have to be that way.

If we learn to buy well, then we can not only get more with the money we have, but we can make a very good living buying and selling. If we buy right, the property will almost sell itself. We intuitively know the seven ways to buy and sell things, but it helps to have a clear vision in your mind in order to develop the skill to buy better and sell better.

Many people made fortunes in the last decade buying and selling real estate. These seven ways to buy and sell property are very familiar to the real estate flippers, but the same basic ways can be used for buying and selling any type of property. eBay is bigger than Donald Trump.

1. Buy Low, Sell High

The first and simplest way to make money buying and selling is to find an item in demand, negotiate a low price, buy it, and then sell it for a higher price. In addition to good negotiation skills, you have to develop a good eye to make this work. You also have to be careful your expenses during the acquisition process don’t eat up any potential profit.

With this method, you want to buy only excellent quality items that are ready to sell as is. You’ll want to find a motivated seller-one who wants to get rid of the property more than he wants to make money. It is also necessary to acquire the property at a significantly low price to be able to add your expenses in and still sell below market. Selling below market is the best way to sell quickly. If you depend on your selling skills to make the deals, you don’t need to bother with the investment. You can just get a job as a salesman-work.

2. Buy it, Fix it, Sell it

The second way to make money buying and selling is to look for property that is broken, dirty, ugly, or in need of a missing part or repair. This is a great way to find a motivated seller and a good price. The owners of this kind of property would rather have a new one. If they were inclined to fix it, they’d have done so already. Know your market; know your costs. Allow a generous profit to cover your repairs, acquisition expenses, and potential selling expenses. Negotiate hard and don’t be afraid of deadlock. It’s your money, so be prepared to walk away from an offer if they won’t meet the price you need. Sometimes all you need to do to get a property in pristine condition is to clean it.

3. Buy it, Rent it

A third way to make money over a longer period of time it is to buy and rent it out. Just about anything can be rented to others-tools, cars, camping equipment, boats, motorhomes, and of course, residential homes. An alternate to this same method is to invest in special equipment, use it and then sell the service the equipment provides. All of these ways are good ways to make money, but though they are buy and sell strategies beginning to end, in the interim, they are ongoing businesses-more work.

4. Buy for cash, sell on time

A fourth method is not so effective for inexpensive items, but boats, cars, trucks, and even big screen televisions can be bought at bargains with cash and then resold on terms with interest. People are often willing to pay very high prices if they can get it now and pay later.

Some people make unbelievable profits buying mobile homes for a few thousand and financing over time for tens of thousands. Often before the buyers have finished paying the notes, their financial status has improved enough that they can buy higher end property with conventional finance. When this happens, it is common to get the item back after it has nearly been paid for. Some mobile home resellers have sold and resold certain properties four or five times. Each time they nearly double their investment with the original down payment then collect the payments over time plus interest.

5. Buy and sell wholesale

If you have the ability to purchase in quantity and move quickly, you can locate sources that will bring you deals in bulk at prices so low you can sell wholesale and still make money. You can even buy homes in quantity and sell them to others for resale. Once you spread your name around, this can be very lucrative and happen very quickly.

6. Buy on speculation and sell on demand

When the market is hot, it is possible to buy when the item is first introduced at a lower price than what will be charged later. If you can spot these trends, you can make good money buying when first offered and selling after the item is sold out. In certain real estate markets you can order a new home before it is built and count on the price to go up after the neighborhood fills in. This is dangerous, but some people have made really good money doing just this.

7. Buy for others, sell back with fee added

Sometimes people do not want to do their own bargaining. Celebrities or people known to be very wealthy often allow scouts to buy for them. Sometimes the price goes up when the buyer is well known or very wealthy. The difference in price can be so great that it becomes profitable for a middle person to buy and resell to his principal for a fee.

There are millions of ways to buy and sell, but these are the basic seven ways to buy and sell. Everything else is some variation or combination of these seven. Buying and selling can be done in rising and falling markets. When the market is deteriorating the buyer has to buy drastically below market and move very rapidly to turn his investments. There is always a risk of losing money in any market. A person engaged in these tactics must be good negotiators on both the buy and the sell, and they must be flexible enough to take the losses quickly when they are inevitable to prevent even larger losses later.