My house has appreciated in value over the past 10 years. Do I need more homeowners insurance?
It depends. In 2008-2009 we saw many property values drop. However, the replacement cost for the home didn’t drop. Likewise, few homes appreciated in value. If the land appreciates in value, you may want to consider the replacement value of the home should something happen to it.
Additionally, the coinsurance clause of your homeowner’s policy requires you to carry coverage of at least 80% of your home’s total value if you want to receive full replacement cost for any losses. Therefore, if you insure less than 80% of your home’s value, and you suffer any damages, the insurance company will calculate your coverage by dividing your coverage limit by the value of your property, multiplied by 80% then multiplied by the amount of loss. For example, if you have a $200,000 home insured for $100,000 and you suffered $10,000 in damages, your insurance would pay $4,000 ($100,000/$200,000 x 80% x $10,000 = $4,000).
If your insurance agent calls to tell you your property value has increased as have the replacement costs on your home, they are not necessarily trying to upsell you on additional insurance. They may be working in your best interest.
We recommend carrying insurance equivalent to at least 80% of your home’s value.
I’ve been looking at Wex Inc. I know you’ve recommended MasterCard in the past, but I’m looking for a similar holding for my small-mid cap portfolio, and I came across Wex Inc. I’d like to get your opinions.
Wex Inc. (NYSE: WEX) provides customers with fleet vehicle payment processing services specifically designed for the needs of commercial and government fleets. The company is expensive, trading at 24 times earnings. While this is less than what MasterCard, Inc. (NYSE: MA) is trading for, MasterCard is growing faster. The market for MasterCard is much larger; therefore if you are looking for a credit payment processing solutions company, we believe investors would be better off with MasterCard. We recommend avoiding Wex Inc.
Diebold went through a rough patch for a while there. I think you recommended it years ago. What do you think of it these days?
We think Diebold, Inc. (NYSE: DBD) is still in a similar situation as it was when we sold it. The company was in the process of being bought out, but the deal fell through because the company’s financials were a bit off. We do not think the integrated self-service delivery and security systems to financial institutions—i.e., ATMs—is the business to be in with so many payments becoming electronic. There are fewer banks and Diebold may suffer.
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