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Basics of insurance

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Insurance is essential for your peace of mind. Whether you’re covering your life, your ability to work, your business, property or possessions, having insurance helps protect your lifestyle and the people who depend on you.

Insurance is never a luxury. You may go for years without making a claim, then one day the unexpected happens. No one can eliminate the devastating emotional impact of serious illness, disablement or death, but if you have to deal with money problems as well, the situation can be much worse. Having money available when you need it most is what makes insurance so valuable.

Using super to pay for your insurance

Some types of insurance allow you to pay the premiums automatically from your superannuation fund. This can be a tax-effective option because it enables you to pay your premiums with pre-tax money. Using money that is normally inaccessible until you retire also means you don’t have to dip into your daily living budget.

What should you insure?

When protecting your family financially, look at your areas of greatest vulnerability, such as your mortgage, other debts, regular household expenses and, if you’re self-employed, your business. You should also protect yourself against loss or damage to your property. These areas can be covered by:

  1. Life insurance – pays a lump sum on death if you die while you’re a policyholder.
  2. Income protection – provides regular payments if you can’t work due to illness or injury.
  3. Disability insurance – pays a lump sum if you are totally or permanently disabled.
  4. Trauma insurance – pays a lump sum 14 days after diagnosis of a serious or terminal condition such as stroke, cancer, heart attack or other specified conditions.
  5. Accidental Death
  6. Business insurance – a range of insurance products that can be incorporated into a package tailored to your type of business.
  7. Home insurance – to cover your residence, investment property, contents and personal valuables.
  8. Other cover such as motor vehicle and boat insurance, which covers you for loss and damage.

Do you have enough cover?

It’s all very well to have ‘some’ insurance, but many people are under-insured and find themselves out of pocket when they make a claim. It’s important to accurately assess how much insurance you need. This is an area where Hodson Financial can help you. We’ll help identify your greatest areas of risk and work out how much cover is appropriate for your needs.