Archive for November, 2016

Ransomware’s Greatest Adversary: Employee Cyber Awareness

Security Series #5 – November 2016 (Original Content Provided By Maura Wiese, Vice President and Underwriting Manager, Cyber & Technology, XL Catlin) RANSOMWARE It’s every organization’s nightmare: something is intentionally preventing an employee from using its computer system normally. Whether access to the operating system is blocked, files are encrypted (more…)

A Closer Look at Exchange-Traded Funds

The popularity of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) has mushroomed in recent years. From year-end 2005 through year-end 2014, ETFs issued $1.4 trillion in net new shares.* An estimated 5.2 million U.S. households held ETFs in mid-2014. Like a mutual fund, an exchange-traded fund is a basket of securities. Most ETFs are (more…)

100 Years Young
The Secrets of Centenarians

How would you like to blow out 100 birthday candles? More than 84,000 people living in the U.S. today have reached that mark, and the number of centenarians (100-year-olds) is expected to increase to 580,000 by 2040.* You may assume that your parents’ or grandparents’ longevity determines your own likelihood (more…)

Clearing Up 529 Plan Confusion

As college costs continue to rise, many parents and grandparents are being proactive about setting aside money to help finance their child or grandchild’s education. One tax-advantaged vehicle for college savings is the 529 savings plan. While 529 plans are gaining popularity, a lot of confusion remains about what these (more…)