If you’ve never had an insurance policy before or even if you have, life insurance can seem pretty complicated. To start with, the term itself could almost be described as a catch-all, umbrella term that covers a lot, including income protection cover, total permanent disability cover and death cover. It’s a topic that can’t really be sugar-coated so we won’t even try - what we will try to do is give you the facts.
When you purchase a vehicle from a car dealer, you'll probably be offered a whole lot of extras. While an alarm system may be worth forking out extra for, one add-on you should avoid at all costs is life insurance.
Life insurance is meant to be a safeguard for the tough times in your life. It should give you peace of mind in the event of a loved one's death or to guarantee your financial safety if something happens to you and you’re unable to work.
If you’ve decided to bite the bullet and buy a life insurance policy, you should take the time to work out which of the key features on offer are important to you. After all, this is one insurance policy you could wind up sticking with for the rest of your life.
In October 2016 the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) handed down a report into the handling of claims by the life insurance industry. This was in responses to criticisms of outdated definitions being used to avoid payouts and conflicting interests in the sale of policies.
For most Australians, covering essential expenses like rent, groceries and power bills will get tricky without a paycheck coming in. It only gets more complicated if you’re providing for a family or paying off a home loan.
Life’s too precious to take shortcuts when it comes to life insurance, so taking the time to find the right policy is an absolute must. For many Australians though, comparing life insurance can be confusing and it's often difficult to know how to assess one policy against another or what levels of cover you really need.
It’s understandable if you’ve been looking into income protection insurance lately. This year has been a tough year for many Australians financially and knowing that your income is protected should you suffer from sickness or injury, at least provides some peace of mind.
The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has announced it will recommence reforms of individual disability income insurance (IDII).The intervention into IDII, otherwise known as income protection insurance, began in December 2019 but was put on hold in response to the global pandemic.
Longstanding superannuation fund Equip Super will change how it manages life insurance from 1 October, 2020.Equip chief member officer, Tania Cumming said the changes will focus on increased flexibility and member input.“In reviewing insurance products and talking to our members, they were clear that they wanted insurance that responded to their lifestyle needs. And critically, they wanted us to deliver these options to them rather than them having to construct it themselves,” Cumming said.While some members will see their life insurance premiums increase, Cumming said the changes are designed to meet long-term needs.“Key to getting this right is working to ensure that our insurance products align to members’ lifestyles and financial aspirations as well as offering long-term value, rather than short-term changes. It is important that we take a balanced approach that is both affordable and sustainable.”