Level 5 Financial Blog

Market Movements

As we consider the tensions driving recent market movements, a Korean folk saying seems apt: “When whales fight, the shrimp’s back is broken.”

The idea is that bystanders get hurt when big folks duke it out. What are the tensions? Who are the bystanders? Let’s discuss.

WA Cares Fund

Our December 7, 2021 posting discussed an attempt by the state of Washington to reduce the stresses on their Medicaid program being caused by long term care costs.  The article outlined the WA Cares Fund which is a mandatory tax of 0.58% on W-2 wage earners in the Evergreen state.  The program, which was designed to seed a Long-Term Care benefit for its contributors, was scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2022.  The blog credited the state of Washington with attempting to address a serious societal problem, but at the same time, pointed out its many shortcomings. 

Umbrella Liability Insurance

Much like the Qualified Longevity Annuity Contracts discussed last week, umbrella liability insurance can be an effective form of protection. Umbrella insurance is a type of personal liability insurance that covers claims in excess of regular homeowners, auto or watercraft policy coverage. One might think of this type of insurance as a “supplement” to these other types of policies and it is called an “umbrella” policy because it “wraps around” all of them to augment the protection which is already in place.