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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (June 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470464682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470464687
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jack Hungelmann has more than 2,000 hours of insurance education and has been in private practice for more than 30 years. He is the proprietor of an insurance agency, and he teaches risk management and insurance courses through continuing education programs in Ohio and Minnesota.

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This book is very helpful and it helps you understand things very easily.
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I was reading many other books on insurance at the same time and this one was the best.
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I recently started working as an insurance agent, and this book is a must-read!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ian K. Hughes on June 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
Insurance is a notoriously boring, even painful, subject; one of life's burdens towards which we only begrudgingly direct our attention. There are several explanations one could put forth as to why, some relating to disreputable practices ( pushy salesmen, unethical denial of claims, etc ) others pertaining to the mind-numbing details contained in lengthy contractual boiler-plate which most folks regrettably ( if understandably ) gloss over prior to committing their signatures. In no small part, human psychology plays a role, finding it distasteful to shell out for services that provide no immediate, tangible benefit ( "I paid all this money and all I got was this lousy policy" ) or to contemplate the various accidents and incidents to which we are all too vulnerable. And yet, for all the loathing associated with the subject, a strong case can be made for insurance as the foundation of financial security, a benefit to both individuals and society- its importance is only magnified by the disdain with which it is treated. In fact, purely as a matter of prudence, insurance should be considered as the foundation upon which a family may erect other household "programs" ( ie, emergency fund, long-term investment, living wills ).

Jack Hungelmann's "Insurance for Dummies" rectifies this situation of malign neglect with 300+ pages of highly practical, jargon-free information for each of six specific categories of insurance:

1) auto insurance
2) home insurance
3) umbrella (liability) insurance
4) health insurance
5) disability insurance
6) life insurance

A functional ( if not dictionary ) definition of insurance is "management of risk". Bearing this in mind, Mr.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By No use for a name on March 2, 2011
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If I had read this book earlier, I would have known that Eric Tang and Allstate are the worst insurance combination I could have found. Their rates are much higher than other insurance companies. If you try to modify your insurance they will find any reason to screw you. For example, I reported a hit and run but canceled the claim since it only resulted in a dent to my car and the accident happened while my car was parked. However, because I reported that, the insurance company I used for 18 years decided it was a reason to raise my rates when I tried to change my policy, even though I received no money from Allstate.

If I had read this book earlier I would have never bothered with the claim and would have just found a better agent and a better insurance company. There are so many caveats and exemptions and "gotchas" when it comes to insurance that a little knowledge can save you a lot of money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Maki on April 9, 2013
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I never realized the issues involved in buying insurance, whether it is auto, home, motorcycle (I have good health insurance). Hungelmann helps guide you to understand that minimums are potentially dangerous in case you are sued based on your net value or potential for earnings. He guides you in understanding "the gap" that most people have in their insurance policies that make your policy next to useless. Buy it; borrow it; just read it and use that information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Hobbs on March 25, 2010
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This book is well written and provides practical consumer information on a wide range of insurance coverage. Sleep better knowing you're protected and using your insurance dollars wisely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Rizzo on October 2, 2013
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If you just want an overview, and a good one at that, this is a good place to start. I was especially impressed with the section on health insurance. This edition was published before the Affordable Care Act, but it still covers Medicare surprisingly well.

So I liked the book, but one is constantly reminded that it was written by someone in the insurance business who believes in the product. The more the better. If you're looking for strategies to beat the insurance racket, the pickings are far and few.

Nevertheless, for someone who knows very little about insurance (like me), this book will bring you up to speed on the subject very quickly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By victor kiriakus on June 3, 2013
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I recently started working as an insurance agent, and this book is a must-read! It covers the basics but I particularly like that it gives advice on what to buy and what to avoid. It is a consumer oriented book that will help me be a consumer oriented agent. This book will easily pay for itself with the knowledge it delivers. The author makes a somewhat dull subject interesting!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Monica Rafeedie on December 25, 2012
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Wondering what kind of insurance to get? Wondering how to handle an insurance problem? This book not only tells you what kind of insurance to get for your situation, it also helps you handle situations in which insurance is difficult or impossible to come by.

This particular book may be outdated due to the new PPACA.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Kristant on July 15, 2011
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I originally got this just for the life insurance chapters, but found helpful information throughout the whole book. Great resource for everyone.
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