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The Affordable Long-Term Care Insurance Option For Single Women

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The Affordable Long-Term Care Insurance Option For Single Women

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Long-term care planning is of paramount importance for women, particularly single women. We will use the word single to define women who are on their own as a result of having never married, or as the result of the death of their spouse or divorce.

Experts will tell you that long-term care generally impacts women more than men. That’s because women generally living longer lives reaching ages when a significant proportion will need long-term care services. Women not only tend to have a greater need for care than men, they generally have less retirement savings and income to pay for it.

Indeed, data from the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance reports that roughly two-thirds of all long-term care insurance claims are attributed to female policyholders.

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 Insurers now recognize the fact that women account for more claims and take that into account when setting rates for long-term care insurance coverage. As a result, women will pay more than men for identical coverage levels. The difference in cost can range from 20 to as much as 40-percent more.

Short-Term Care Insurance For Women

There is, however, an affordable option available to women. It’s one that receives little attention. Called short-term care insurance or recovery care the policies are available from several leading health insurers. In some instances, insurer continue to apply unisex pricing which means men and women pay the same for equal coverage. This can make short-term care insurance an affordable and viable option especially for older, single women.

   Short-term care insurance policies are available in most states with the notable exceptions being California, New York and Florida. The better policies will resemble traditional long-term care insurance policies providing benefits for care in your own home, in an assisted living or skilled nursing facility. As their name implies, policies generally will provide benefits for about one year (360 days).

Significant Savings Potential For Single Women

According to AALTCI’s 2022 Long-Term Care Insurance Price Index a 63-year-old woman purchasing a 2-year traditional long-term care insurance policy could pay $140-per-month for a $4,000 monthly home care or nursing home benefit.  A short-term care policy providing $4,000 a month in home care benefits would cost $55 per-month.  Adding coverage for nursing home care would raise the premium by roughly $40.

While some individuals will need care for several years, insurer data reveals that a significant percentage need care for a year or less. This makes short-term care coverage often sufficient. At the very least, it provides funds that pay for needed care and provide a transition time for future planning to take place.

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Can Be Easier To Health Qualify

In recent years, many older individuals have found it increasingly hard to qualify for traditional long-term care insurance. Insurers today carefully scrutinize medical records, evaluate height and weight proportions and prescription drugs prescribed. Short-term care insurers may be more lenient making this coverage an ideal option for single women with some modest existing health issues.

Likewise, most traditional long-term care insurers stop accepting new applicants after age 76. Insurers offering short-term care plans will consider applicants in their 80s. Keep in mind that costs are based on your age and generally one’s health deteriorates with age. Looking into coverage in your 60s is generally considered the best time to start.

It is important to recognize that short-term care insurance is different than short-term health care insurance.  The latter is temporary coverage for those who are moving between health plans because you are between jobs or have just gotten off your parent’s health coverage,

Tips For Finding Short-Term Care Specialists

A good place to start learning about short-term care insurance plans and costs is on the AALTCI website. There you will find a map showing states where products are approved along with examples of policy costs at different agents.  Go to www.aaltci.org/stc.

Women seeking policy information and costs should contact a long-term care insurance specialist who is appointed with both traditional as well as short-term care insurers. There is no one-size-fits-all solution and he or she will be best able to help you compare plan options and costs.

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Risk Of ‘Significant Drawdowns’ Pushes Cypherpunk Holdings To Sell Entire Stash Of Bitcoin And Ethereum

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Risk Of ‘Significant Drawdowns’ Pushes Cypherpunk Holdings To Sell Entire Stash Of Bitcoin And Ethereum

On Tuesday, the Canada-based investment firm Cypherpunk Holdings Inc. announced that the company has sold all of its bitcoin and ethereum due to the “risk of further significant drawdowns.” The company has transitioned its treasury to cash after selling 214.72 bitcoin and 205.82 ethereum as Cypherpunk Holdings continues “to see systemic risks propagating” across the crypto economy.

Cypherpunk Holdings Sells All of the Bitcoin and Ethereum on Its Balance Sheet

Crypto winter has done a lot of damage since the bull run’s price highs, as more than $2 trillion has left the digital currency economy since the first week of November 2021. Today, the crypto economy is worth roughly $945 billion and bitcoin (BTC) is coasting along just above the $20K per unit range.

BTC is down more than 70% from the all-time high ($69K) on November 10, 2021, and ethereum (ETH) has lost more than 77% since the ATH ($4,878) recorded on the same day. On June 28, 2022, or eight months later, the publicly listed Canadian investment company Cypherpunk Holdings revealed it had dumped all of its bitcoin and ether holdings.

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Cypherpunk Holdings (CSE: HODL) (OTC Pink: CYFRF) was one of the many publicly listed companies that held bitcoin and ethereum on its balance sheet. The update from the company notes that the sale was due to risk and it said the crypto economy may see “significant drawdowns” going forward.

CEO and president of Cypherpunk Holdings Jeff Gao.

Cypherpunk Holdings sold approximately 214.7203 BTC and 205.8209 ETH and it got around $4,927,000 for the lot of crypto assets. The company said that it currently has just over $14 million worth of “cash and stables” on hand. After the sale, the CEO and president of Cypherpunk Holdings, Jeff Gao, spoke about dumping the digital assets for cash.

“Recently, Cypherpunk liquidated all of its treasury holdings in BTC and ETH for cash and withdrew back to custody,” Gao wrote in an update concerning the company’s cryptocurrency holdings and strategy.

“We continue to see systemic risks propagating throughout the crypto ecosystem and, in our assessment of the risk reward and opportunity costs involved in holding asset tokens, we believe that the most prudent approach is to sit on the sidelines as we wait for the volatility and illiquidity contagion to come to its logical conclusion,” Gao said. “On the balance of probabilities, we see weaker price action opening the way to lower levels to come as reports of the number of chains imposing ‘temporary’ suspension on withdrawals increases.”

The Cypherpunk Holdings executive continued by adding:

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Until such a time as our thesis on market conditions change, our treasury will remain in cash. Cypherpunk maintains its long-term bullish outlook on crypto and currently plans to actively seek to capitalize on compelling risk reward opportunities as and when they present.

Company Sold 196.74 Bitcoin and 382 Ether Prior to the June 28 Announcement and Amid the Terra LUNA Fallout

Furthermore, Cypherpunk Holdings dumped bitcoin (BTC) before the June 28 announcement, as it told investors on June 13 that it sold 96.74 BTC for $2.9 million and 50 ETH for $100K. Cypherpunk Holdings’ management also decided to unload shares of Animoca Brands, as it sold the company’s last block of 500,000 Animoca shares for “a realized profit of 234%.” Amid the Terra LUNA and UST fallout, on May 11, 2022, Cypherpunk Holdings sold 100 BTC and 332 ETH for just over $4 million.

With Cypherpunk Holdings removed from the Bitcoin Treasuries list, and Microstrategy’s recent purchase of 480 bitcoins, publicly-listed companies hold 268,357 BTC worth 5.382 billion at current bitcoin exchange rates. Exchange-traded products hold 828,641 BTC, countries hold 50,699 BTC, and private companies own 174,381 BTC, according to the Bitcoin Treasuries list on June 29.

What do you think about Cypherpunk Holdings dumping its bitcoin and ether because it believes “weaker price action” is coming? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments section below.

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Jamie Redman is the News Lead at Bitcoin.com News and a financial tech journalist living in Florida. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. He has a passion for Bitcoin, open-source code, and decentralized applications. Since September 2015, Redman has written more than 5,700 articles for Bitcoin.com News about the disruptive protocols emerging today.

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Report: Taiwan’s Central Bank May Need 2 Years To Complete Work On CBDC

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Report: Taiwan’s Central Bank May Need 2 Years To Complete Work On CBDC

Taiwan’s central bank is yet to conclude work on its central bank digital currency (CBDC) and according to the bank’s governor, the institution may need two more years to finish its work, a report has said. Some of the bank’s next tasks include winning the public’s support, ensuring the system is stable, and building the currency’s legal framework.

Simulating Use of the CBDC

Some two years after work on Taiwan’s central bank digital currency (CBDC) commenced, the governor of the country’s central bank, Yang Chin-long, recently revealed that his organization is still working on the project. Yang warned the central bank may need as long as two years to complete the task.

Yang, who spoke at a digital currencies forum, also disclosed the central bank had been simulating the use of the CBDC in what a Reuters report called a closed-loop environment. However, the same report said the central bank now faces three key tasks. These include communicating and ultimately winning the public’s support, ensuring the system is stable, and building the currency a legal framework.

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According to the report, the governor also conceded that the entire process may last more than the anticipated two-year period.

While the Taiwanese people are reported to be more accustomed to using cash, Yang said the central bank had to consider the fact that future generations will likely use digital currencies more than they use physical cash.

“We still have to push forward. After all, most of the young people in the future will use mobile phones, so we have to think about the next generation,” Yang is quoted in the report explaining.

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E-Commerce Giant Ebay Files Trademark Applications Covering Wide Range Of Metaverse, NFT Services

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E-Commerce Giant Ebay Files Trademark Applications Covering Wide Range Of Metaverse, NFT Services

E-commerce giant Ebay has filed two trademark applications covering a wide range of products and services relating to the metaverse and non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

Ebay’s NFT, Metaverse Trademark Applications

Ebay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) filed two trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) last week covering a wide range of products and services relating to non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and the metaverse.

A USPTO-licensed trademark attorney, Mike Kondoudis, tweeted Tuesday: “Ebay Inc. is coming to the metaverse.” He explained that the filings indicate the e-commerce giant’s plans for virtual good marketplaces, online retail stores with actual and virtual goods, NFTs, NFT exchanges, and NFT trading. The applications’ serial numbers are 97473696 and 97473620.

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One day before Ebay filed the two trademark applications, the company announced that it has acquired NFT marketplace Knownorigin. According to Ebay, the two companies signed and closed the deal on June 21.

Ebay CEO Jamie Iannone described at the time: “Ebay is the first stop for people across the globe who are searching for that perfect, hard-to-find, or unique addition to their collection and, with this acquisition, we will remain a leading site as our community is increasingly adding digital collectibles.”

The e-commerce platform began allowing NFT sales in May last year, citing a “massive wave of attention” in the area.

This month, McKinsey and Company said that the metaverse could generate $5 trillion by 2030. “By 2030, it is entirely plausible that more than 50 percent of live events could be held in the metaverse,” the company noted.

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In addition, a survey conducted in April showed that the metaverse will be the most popular place for crypto, with 70% of respondents agreeing that “cryptocurrency and blockchain technology advancements will be critical to shaping the future of the metaverse.” Moreover, Citigroup predicted that the metaverse could be a $13 trillion opportunity with 5 billion users by 2030 while Goldman Sachs sees the metaverse as an $8 trillion opportunity.

What do you think about Ebay filing trademark applications covering metaverse and NFT services? Let us know in the comments section below.

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A student of Austrian Economics, Kevin found Bitcoin in 2011 and has been an evangelist ever since. His interests lie in Bitcoin security, open-source systems, network effects and the intersection between economics and cryptography.

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