As we move through life, the amount of insurance protection, or ‘cover’ we should have, changes. A very common question we hear when working with new clients is ‘how much should I have’? And no matter if you are a new client or one we have been working with for years, we look at your life now to make that determination.
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Before you determine how much, there are some key variables to consider. We have a philosophy around ‘wealth protection’ that guides how we make those recommendations. The principle behind insurance cover is that you need an amount that will keep you and your family as financially secure as possible should an unexpected or unfortunate event occur. This may be an accident that leaves you injured or disabled, an illness or a death.
The amount of cover will consider variables like:
- Your age
- What you currently earn
- What you currently owe (mortgages, loans, etc)
- Your current health risk
- Whether you have dependents
- If you are a business owner or employee
- Your personal view of risk and lifestyle goals
- Your current savings
How much you should have can be estimated through calculators online, but the reality is, each of us is different, and the right amount is likely going to be better determined by speaking with a professional.
There are other things to consider as well, including:
- What type of cover do you need?
- Which provider will work best for your situation?
- What the claims process would be like – if, for example, you work with us to find the right policy, we are also here for you when and if you need to make a claim.
- Whether the insurance should be bought in or outside of super.
We have worked with many families through the difficult period of claiming on a policy, and that is a terribly tough time for everyone. Seeing a loved one struggling or lost is just painful. Where we take comfort is that our client had the right cover and that money won’t be adding to what is already a stressful time.
If you want to learn more about how you can plan to make the best future for you get in touch with the financial experts at Invest Blue today.
What you need to know
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