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IN JUNE, the savings rate among U.S. households rose to the highest level in a year while
income and spending were flat, according to
estimates by the U.S. Department of Commerce.
from identity theft and
fraud schemes such as
phishing, pharming and
According to the data, the personal savings
rate—the amount of personal income that is
not spent—rose to 6.4 percent in June, the
highest level in a year.
■ MOBILE LOCKBOX®.
Provides secure storage
and access to your personal and financial records
via your smartphone,
PDA or PC.
Are you putting more into savings given
the current economy? Costco members looking
for a safe place to invest their savings may
want to consider the exclusive rates available
through Costco’s High-Yield Savings Accounts
& CDs program, offered through Capital One®
Bank. For more information on this program,
visit Costco.com and search “online banking.”
■ Lost Wallet
Protection. A simple
phone call cancels credit-
card accounts, plus gives
access to up to $2,000
of emergency cash from
According to Ed Murphy,
Costco Services manager, this level
of service enhancement from Inter-
sections Inc., provider of Identity
Guard, is not surprising.
now in four states
New features coming to
IF YOU CURRENTLY use Costco’s popular iden-tity-protection service, IDENTITY GUARD®, several
new features are being added to its Web-based
TOTAL PROTECTIONSM solution this fall without
any change in price to Costco members.
“Intersections is regarded as an
innovator and industry leader,” says Ed. “What
they’re doing with this enhancement makes a
vital and innovative service even better—
overall, really solid protection for users.”
THE COSTCO Personal Health Insurance
program has expanded to Illinois and Texas,
which, along with Georgia and Pennsylvania,
makes the program available for Costco
members—individuals and families—in
Costco members using the service will
be notified by e-mail when the new features
become available. For those not already using
the program, complete information is available
by visiting Costco.com and searching for
“total protection 2.”
Most Americans obtain health insurance
through their employers, but nearly 14 million people under the age of 65 purchase
individual and family health insurance plans
directly from insurance companies.
The basic features of TOTAL PROTECTION
will still include monitoring of three credit
bureaus, a three-in-one credit report with score,
Internet surveillance, public-records report and
monitoring, quarterly credit update and $1 million loss-reimbursement insurance. Executive
Members will still pay $9.99 per month; Gold
Star and Business members will still pay $11.49
The Costco Personal Health Insurance
program may be right for:
■ Early retirees no longer eligible for
employer-provided health insurance coverage but too young for Medicare.
■ Recent college graduates who haven’t
found full-time employment yet.
■ Self-employed or contract workers
The new features make the solution even
more robust, and will include:
■ Employees of companies without an
affordable group health-insurance plan.
■ ID RISK ASSESSMENT®. Advanced technology that helps determine your risk level.
■ ZoneAlarm®. Anti-virus, anti-spyware
and firewall software helps keep computer and
Internet activities safe with a simple download.
Don’t forget to
use your Reward
on your next
trip to Costco.
For those who qualify, the Costco
Personal Health Insurance program offers
pricing negotiated exclusively for Costco
■ ID Vault®. Provides a personal password
protector that keeps your online finances safe
To learn more, go to Costco.com and
search “personalhealth,” or call toll-free
All services are provided by third parties, may not be available in all areas and are subject to change without notice. Some restrictions apply. See “Services” at Costco.com for applicable terms and conditions.
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