Protecting your life at any age

Protecting your life at any ageSo, you are seriously starting to think about your retirement. The kids are finally more independent, the mortgage is less than it was, and the super is more than it was.

You look at your monthly bank statements and one particular debit is always there. The insurance premium. You have been paying it diligently for years now, maybe decades. But, for what? You’ve not claimed and ‘gained’ anything so far.

At this stage and age, it might be very tempting to cancel your policies and save a few dollars. Before you do, just consider what you could be losing in a future that’s not yet written. It could be hundreds of thousands of dollars. More to the point it could be your home, your lifestyle, or your health - the very thing you are hoping to protect.

Statistically you are more likely to claim the older you get. Look at these figures:

Type of cover

Average age people cancel policy

Average age people make a claim

Income Protection

45

46

Total & Permanent Disability (TPD)

49

48

Trauma Insurance

44

49

People often don’t realise an insurance policy is not an ‘all or nothing’ concept and there are options available. For example, as you get older and your debts and commitments reduce so might the level of cover you require. When cover is reduced, so is the premium. Take care though, once a policy is in place it’s easy to reduce the cover but much harder to increase the amount, particularly as you get older. It often only takes a phone call to lower the amount but countless medical tests to increase it or apply again.

Before you rush off and reduce your cover, it’s important to tailor the amount of cover to your potentially changing circumstances, and this is where your financial planner can help.

There are many other options available including requesting a temporary freeze on the premiums; paying annually instead of monthly; moving your cover into your super fund (this is not applicable to all insurance however); or given that your adult children will usually be the ones who will eventually benefit, ask them to share the cost of the premiums!

The basic idea of insurance is not to put you in a better position than you were – it’s there to protect what you have. Regardless of what age you are, think twice about cancelling insurance completely. There are always other options available. Ask us for guidance before you make any decisions.

This article contains information that is general in nature. It does not take into account the objectives, financial situation or needs of any particular person. You need to consider your financial situation and needs before making any decisions based on this information. If you decide to purchase or vary a financial product, your financial adviser, Coral Coast Financial Services and other companies within the AMP Group may receive fees and other benefits. The fees will be a dollar amount and/or a percentage of either the premium you pay or the value of your investment. Please contact us if you wantmore information.

Coral Coast Financial Planning Pty Ltd ABN 18 108 580 794 Coral Coast Financial Planning Pty Ltd ABN 18 108 580 794 is an Authorised Representative and Credit Representative of Hillross Financial Services Limited ABN 77 003 323 055, AFSL 232705. 

September 18, 2017

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