Insurance News for Real People

Time to hunt for a flat, get some insurance too!

Time to hunt for a flat, get some insurance too!

 

A timely reminder in the Herald today, especially for those students about to start the year and are flat hunting.

If you're renting you need to have some level of contents cover. Ideally enough to cover the replacement of your possessions but more importantly cover for damage you may be liable for.

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Pharmac funding - do you really understand what this means?

Pharmac funding - do you really understand what this means?

This is an area of health care often mis-understood until you are in the thick of your treatment and you find out things may not be as you expected.

Pharmac is the governments answer to managing health care costs and getting the best deal for New Zealanders health care dollar. The challenge is that health care dollar, which is funded from your taxes, only goes so far.

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Willowgrove Consulting - who are you?

Willowgrove Consulting - who are you?

 

Willowgrove Consulting was established in January 2012 by Jon-Paul (J-P) & Satya Hale as their own business in Financial Services.

J-P and Satya enjoy travelling, the Willowgrove name comes from visiting Sausalito in San Francisco. Sausalito is Italian for small Willow Grove. Willowgrove Consulting was established to operate as a trading company initially for J-P's insurance and financial services base. With the purpose to develop sales and sales management tools as well as operate an insurance advisory service through another company J-P was associated with.

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Risk planning and grand ideas about private schooling

Risk planning and grand ideas about private schooling

 

Something which is often kicked around by financial advisers is private education, sort of meaning: if something happened to you, your kids would go/move to private education from public education.

Now this may be a wish you have but the practical reality is your kids have had a significant change with the loss or disability of a parent. Why would you inflict more change on them by pulling them away from their friends and stable routine to send them to private schooling? Sounds like a great way of scarring them for life at a vulnerable time.

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Why should you regularly review your personal insurance

Why should you regularly review your personal insurance

 

One simple reason; your risk situation changes. Surprisingly so. I have found many situations where what was covered and covered reasonably well, is not only months later.

For example, a new client I was talking to had a cover that was only a few months old. The situation had changed quite quickly following a relationship break up, quite a bit of debt had been taken on as a result. The life cover taken was no longer sufficient to cover this and the repayment insurance they had, now has a significant shortfall.

Another client after reviewing their situation, a month later comes back. Oh yes, by the way, we have bought an investment property and effectively doubled our mortgage. Quite a change in risk there too.

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What are you really protecting?

What are you really protecting?

 

Life’s full of surprises though life cover insurance is usually a subject you do not get surprises in. Sovereign’s 2013 published causes for life claims, or rather reasons people died, makes for surprising reading.

In the graph from Sovereigns claims for the year ending 30 June 2013, The 70 plus age group isn’t surprising, cancer, heart or lungs are usual reasons people pass away. The first usually causing one of the second or third.

Stepping back from the older lives, things get a little different.

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