If you’re buying a home, one question you might wonder is this: Is home insurance required when you own a house?

In many cases, homeowners insurance is indeed mandatory—and even in cases where it isn’t absolutely necessary, it’s still a good idea. To help you understand why, we’ve put together this Home Buyer’s Guide to Home Insurance, which will help walk you through what you need to know from beginning to end.

In this first article, we’ll introduce you to what homeowners insurance is, why it’s often essential, and what can go wrong if you don’t have it.

What is homeowners insurance?

With home insurance, as with other types of coverage (including health insurance), you pay a relatively small amount of money either monthly or annually in exchange for the promise that your provider will help you pay for unexpected costs you might incur as a homeowner.

What can go wrong? So much, including natural disasters, fires, crimes, accidents, and other emergencies, many of which can be expensive to fix. Without home insurance, you run the risk of getting stuck with a bill that could be in the tens of thousands of dollars. Home insurance offers protection and peace of mind that you won’t get hit with expenses that might be hard to pay on your own.

Why you need home insurance with a mortgage

If you need a mortgage on your home, most lenders will require you to get home insurance before they approve your loan and close the deal.

The reason: By loaning you money for the house, lenders are also investing in your property. If this investment suddenly plummets in value—since, say, a tornado turned it into a pile of rubble—it’s in your lender’s interests for you to have a home insurance plan that will rebuild

Free money alert! Well, free money, when you spend money. But you were already shopping anyway, so might as well collect $10 while you’re at it.

For Prime Day, Prime members will get a $10 promotional credit when they purchase an Amazon gift card of $40 or more. That also includes newly-launched Amazon Video eGift Cards (available on the mobile app), as well as people who are reloading their current Amazon gift cards.

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This should be your first Prime Day purchase. Amazon gift cards will be emailed to you immediately and can be used straight away. Last year, Amazon did the same thing (it’s $5 more this year!!), and the promotional credit came through quickly as well. So, you can use the gift card for your first product purchase of Prime day, and hopefully, the promotional credit for your 2nd purchase of Prime Day.

This is a limited-time offer and only while supplies last. It is limited to one

M.D.C. Holdings (MDC) is a buy for the total return and dividend income investor. M.D.C. Holdings is among the largest homebuilders in the United States and has an increasing owned backlog of over 17,000 lots to develop and options on another 7,000.

The company has steady growth and has the cash it uses to develop new properties and homes for the average home buyer. The lower interest rates give a tailwind to the company business. The Fed has indicated that they intend to keep interest rates low for at least a year or maybe two.

As I have said before in previous articles.

I use a set of guidelines that I codified over the last few years to review the companies in The Good Business Portfolio (my portfolio) and other companies that I am reviewing. For a complete set of guidelines, please see my article “The Good Business Portfolio: Update to Guidelines, March 2020”. These guidelines provide me with a balanced portfolio of income, defensive, total return, and growing companies that hopefully keeps me ahead of the Dow average.

When I scanned the five-year chart, M.D.C Holdings has a good chart going up and to the right for 2016, 2017, and 2019 in a strong solid pattern. It is a cyclic company and was down in 2015 and has recovered well in 2019 from the flat year of 2018. 2020 was doing good until the pandemic hit, then it went down like a rock in water but has recovered nicely in the past six months. The PE is low at 11, and the earnings growth looks good at 10%, making MDC a strong buy.

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The method I use to compare companies is to look at the total return, as shown from my



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Twilio (NYSE:TWLO) stock is on the rise Monday following merger and acquisition (M&A) news that it’s acquiring Segment for $3.2 billion.



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Twilio won’t be spending cash to acquire the cloud data company. Instead, it’s going to fund the entirety of the $3.2 billion purchase price with shares of TWLO stock. This will have Segment becoming a division of Twilio.

Twilio notes that the deal will improve its customer engagement offerings to developers and companies. It will also increase its total addressable market to $79 billion. It notes that this should speed up its growth plans.

Jeff Lawson, co-founder and CEO of Twilio, said the following about the M&A news.

“Combined with Twilio’s Customer Engagement Platform, we can create more personalized, timely and impactful engagement across customer service, marketing, analytics, product and sales. We are thrilled to welcome Segment to the Twilio team.”

Twilio points out that the transaction has the support of both companies’ Boards of Directors. The deal still needs to complete customary closing conditions before completion. That includes approval from regulators and shareholders. So long as there’s no trouble in these areas, the deal is on target to close in the fourth quarter of 2020.

The deal has Twilio getting financial advice from Morgan Stanley and legal advice from Cooley LLP. Segment’s financial and legal advisors for the deal are Qatalyst Partners and Goodwin Procter, respectively.

TWLO stock was up 7.5% as of Monday afternoon.

On the date of publication, William White did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article.

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By Corina Pons, Luc Cohen and Mayela Armas

CARACAS (Reuters) – Three small investment funds have started buying defaulted Venezuelan bonds as hopes of a change of government are fading and the South American nation is proposing a restructuring, according to sources and documents.

Canaima Capital Management, headquartered on the English Channel island of Guernsey, Uruguay-based Copernico and Cayman Islands-based Altana have bought heavily discounted bonds with face value of hundreds of millions of dollars, according to eight finance industry sources in Caracas, New York, Miami, Madrid and London.

The funds appear to be part of a small group of contrarian investors bucking the broader market consensus, which maintains there is little value in Venezuelan bonds that have not been serviced in nearly three years amid an economic crisis.

The funds believe it is time to act and to evaluate legal options instead of waiting for a friendly negotiation with allies of Juan Guaido, who is recognized by more than 50 countries as Venezuela’s interim president, even though he still hasn’t taken power.

The funds argue investors may be unable to recover missed interest payment after 2020 due to a statute of limitations clause in the bonds’ covenants – an assertion flatly denied by the main committee for Venezuela creditors.

Nonetheless, the efforts to amplify these concerns has fueled nervousness and increased the willingness of bondholders to sell their notes, according to four Venezuelan finance industry sources.

Altana, which two sources said was offering to buy bonds this year, has already taken legal action against Venezuela to try to force payment. In an Oct. 8 complaint filed with the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the fund demanded payment from Venezuela on $108 million of defaulted bonds.

That came after investment funds Casa Express and