Are you insuring your biggest asset?

With the majority of Australians still dangerously underinsured, is it time you reviewed your cover?

Jeff is a clean-living 53-year-old who exercises regularly, doesn’t smoke, enjoys a healthy diet and only indulges his love of good wine at the weekend.

Yet things changed suddenly for Jeff last year when he awoke one night to find he couldn’t breathe. His wife called for an ambulance and he was rushed to hospital, where he was taken into life-saving surgery following a heart attack.

After waking from his operation, Jeff was in deep shock. While he knew there was a family history of heart disease, he had gone to great lengths to prevent the onset of the illness and had not properly thought through how his family would cope without him.

During his recovery, Jeff reviewed the life insurance component of his super and discovered that in the event of his death his family would receive just $300,000, which would barely pay off their mortgage. He had not taken into account daily living expenses, car loans, his daughters’ school fees, his wife’s low income or their inadequate savings.

Fortunately for Jeff his story is a positive one. Now in better health and back at work, he has spoken to a financial adviser and taken out additional life insurance, albeit at a significant premium following his heart attack. He and his adviser are also looking into critical illness cover, which would pay out a lump sum should he suffer another sudden illness.

In Australia, Jeff’s story is not uncommon. In fact, surveys have shown Australia has much lower levels of insurance than other developed nations including the US and UK1¹. The required level of life insurance is now about $680,000, while the typical default cover is about $258,000 – a significant gap2².
M3 article hub insuring biggest asset infographic Aug 2016

Could your loved ones make ends meet if you were unable to work or died? Here are some of the things you should consider:

  • Mortgage or rent costs
  • Daily living expenses – food, bills, transport
  • Childcare
  • School and university fees
  • Other expenses – house repair costs, medical expenses
  • Make an appointment with one of our advisers to discuss your insurance needs and ensure you are adequately covered.

 

¹ Lloyd’s Global Underinsurance Report 2016

² Rice Warner Underinsurance Research Report 2014

 

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