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Vaccines the subject you love or hate

Vaccines the subject you love or hate

Hot subject and a very emotive one. As parents, we want to do the best for our children.

We want to keep them out of harm's way, and anything that threatens a child is liable to enrage the lioness in every mother and garners an emotional visceral and sometimes violent response, also in the fathers too.

Which is part of the challenge we have with the worldview of vaccines, a bit like the flat earth, Trump, and Jacinda having a baby, everyone has a strong view from one side or the other.

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De-Stress or Stay Sick - What’s Your Choice?

De-Stress or Stay Sick - What’s Your Choice?

Stress. We live with it and many of us can’t live without it. It has that canny ability to follow us wherever we go. Work, home or school, stress builds a kind of tower, adding one more bit on the top until it gets so high it falls over. Then when that happens, we start suffering the effects of poor physical and mental health. That’s often the time when we decide it’s time to de-stress.

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Roller Coasters and Theme Parks

Roller Coasters and Theme Parks

Here I am 12 months down the track from Dreamworld killing 4 of its visitors and reflecting on the last 12 months.

Yes, I’m back on the Gold Coast, in a virtual rinse and repeat of last years holiday. Mr 2 3/4 is now Mr 3 3/4 and we’re here at much the same time to do much the same things.

We’re even staying in the same place, Ashmore Palms, nice, quiet, cabin based family holiday park. More in the style of a classy camping park than a Gold Coast high rise apartment. Suits us just fine.

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Rating of insurers, what it means to you

Rating of insurers, what it means to you

Ratings, company ratings, like those bestowed by Standards & Poors (S&P) and Moodys, often come up in discussion between advisers and insurers.

What's interesting about this discussion is it always seems to be about this company is rated better than that company. Without swearing too much, FFS, play the ball not the player.

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Insurance adviser and insurance broker, what’s the difference?

Insurance adviser and insurance broker, what’s the difference?

Insurance adviser or insurance broker, what’s in a title?

Quite a bit actually. “Are you an insurance broker?” is a very common question. Yes, sort of, is the answer.

That’s because, under the regulations we have, we’re insurance advisers, not insurance brokers.

What’s the difference?

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Getting your insurance planning right

Getting your insurance planning right

 

As an adviser, there are few things more challenging than sitting across the table from someone who has just been given the news they have bowel cancer asking “So tell me how is my plan going to work?”

When it comes down to it the right policy is only half of the solution. In this situation not only did we put the plan in place, when it has come to this point we have it right, exactly how they want it.

When we say we put our clients front and centre, we mean it. After answering ‘that’ question above, not only has our client taken the time to say thank you for persevering, they took the time to write the following.

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What’s a Succession Plan & Do I Need One?

What’s a Succession Plan & Do I Need One?

 

Are you prepared for the worst-case scenario? It’s not something any of us like to think about, yet us business owners die and get sick too. We may also end up having to sell our business. Having a succession plan in place makes it nice and clear who gets what and what they must do. Writing one isn’t that hard and involves mostly two actions: transfer of assets and transfer of control. Let’s walk it through …

What is a Succession Plan?

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Financial advice. What it looks like and how it can affect you

Financial advice. What it looks like and how it can affect you

 

When it comes to financial advice, and sales in general, there are typically five approaches that sales people take.

  1. Ideal world
  2. Client budget
  3. Average first
  4. Replace with cheaper
  5. Next step

We are firmly an ideal world advisory firm, as we like to consider ourselves advisers, rather than just sales people. 

Sales people sell stuff; we collaboratively weave you a risk protection plan that is driven by your desired outcomes.

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Getting life insurance; when and why should you get it

Getting life insurance; when and why should you get it

 

A very common question I hear is; "Why should I have life insurance" and "When should I get life insurance"?

Similar themes on the same thing, relevance. Relevance to them and their situation. Alternatively, more the point they do not have enough knowledge about the subject to make a reasonable decision. 

I suggest a well-informed decision rather than a reasonable decision, but that is just me, the risk adverse risk guy.

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With my insurance, How quickly can funds become available?

With my insurance, How quickly can funds become available?

 

Often this is a question about 'Am I protected?' The person is looking for reassurance that the insurance they have taken and have been paying for is going to work.

It is also a very practical question.

If you have been relying on your recently deceased partner's income to pay the bills, it is a really valid question.

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Insurance premiums, the love-hate relationship

Insurance premiums, the love-hate relationship

As an insurance adviser, insurance premiums are part of what we cover with clients every day.

You know what, it does not matter how young or old you are, how rich or poor, the conversation around premiums is universally the same.

Let me get something clear out front. I am an insurance adviser, not an insurance agent.

This means, frankly, I do not care what cover you take or have, who it is with or how much you spend on it; so long as it is the right benefit at the right level at an acceptable premium for you.

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Health and Safety what you need to be thinking about

Health and Safety what you need to be thinking about

I am doing a presentation to a group of business people shortly around planning for Health & Safety risks and what implementing a Health & Safety Plan is about.

One of the things I have done is to get out to the WorkSafe website and see what they say on the subject. It is pretty good!

Their around the block tool is a handy, easy interface to the site for those who want to dig at specific examples of what relates to their business.

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