Why transferring financial risk to an insurance company can be a smart decision

By insurancefocus,

Most families are carrying significant financial risk should the unexpected happen. The big question you have to ask yourself is:

‘Would your family be able to maintain their lifestyle if you died?’

If your answer to this question is no, you need to consider transferring that financial risk to an insurance company.

Your financial adviser can help you do that, as well as answer any questions you have about life insurance, and then calculate how much life insurance you need to safeguard you and your family in the event something should happen to you or your spouse.

And, if you wish, your adviser will use our sophisticated computer program to find you the right cover, at a competitive price, from all the major insurance companies.*

Where should your life insurance be held?

You can hold life insurance in your name, or in your superannuation fund.  Both options have pros and cons.

For example, holding life insurance in your name means that the payout may usually be directed to your beneficiaries quickly and with certainty, and free of tax.  However, you cannot obtain a tax deduction on the annual premiums you pay.

Conversely, if your life insurance is held in your superannuation fund, you may receive a tax reduction on the annual premiums.  In addition, because your superannuation fund pays those premiums, it means you have cover without eating into your family budget.  So this option is usually the more affordable for most people.

However, if you died, the trustee of your superannuation fund may delay the payment to your beneficiaries, and may even dispute who should receive the payment (especially if you have not made a valid ‘binding death benefit nomination’).  Further, the payment may be taxable at up to 32% if the beneficiary is a non-tax dependant.

How do the insurance companies view you as a risk?

Some insurance companies may charge you significantly less than other companies for the same cover, simply because they see you – or your occupation – as a lower risk.  That’s why you should use a financial adviser who has the ability to compare the policies from the reputable insurers to get the best solution for your particular situation.

What is Life Insurance?

Life insurance pays a lump sum on the death of the insured, and in some cases earlier if the life insured is diagnosed with a terminal illness.  The payout can be used for any purpose – typically it is used by beneficiaries to pay off debt, pay for funeral costs and look after the children’s schooling, and for the balance to be invested to replace the deceased’s salary to help maintain their family’s standard of living.

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