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The Impact on Kids September 27, 2010

Posted by Meike Suggars in Life Insurance, Personal Insurance.
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This week I attended the funeral for a close friend’s dad. It was so sad to think of all the things that my friend won’t be able to share with his father – big things like the birth of his first child, and little things like watching the Grand Final together on TV.

I can only imagine how devastating it must be for a young child still dependent on their parents for the day-to-day things, with a whole lifetime stretching out in front of them, to lose a mum or a dad. Pretty scary I’d think.

Imagine how much scarier if their parent’s death leads to financial instability which meant they have to change schools and/or move house? Not only have they lost one of the most important people in their lives, they’ve lost the familiar routine of life that should be there to help prop them up during this time of intense emotional loss.

After surveying over 1000 Australians, ING has recently released its “Picking up the Pieces” report. Among other things, key findings from the report show the impact on kids after losing a parent when adequate provisions have not been made, include:

Of the children who had to change schools due to financial pressure:

  • 69% suffered from diagnosed clinical depression
  • 75% suffered from depression, anxiety or panic attacks
  • 78% said their academic performance suffered

Of the children who had to move house due to financial pressure:

  • 73% said that their family was unable to support them as much as they would have if a parent hadn’t passed away
  • 64% said their academic performance suffered
  • 64% saw their involvement in school activities decline

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Parents do so much to give their kids the best possible opportunities in life – whether you think about the folate supplements during pregnancy, the pureeing of carrots into baby food, getting up early on frosty Saturday winter mornings for football training, or staying up late to help finish last minute essays – so make sure those opportunities can continue if they suddenly have to deal with death sooner rather than later.

By putting adequate life insurance in place, parents can protect the financial security of their children in the event of their own premature death. Talk to your insurance adviser or contact Suggars & Associates to review your insurance needs so your children don’t become a statistic.

You can read more about the ING survey here.

The advice in this article is of a general nature only and does not take your personal circumstances into account. You should seek financial advice before making any investment or financial decisions.


Ladies! Life Insurance protects your highest priorities March 29, 2010

Posted by Meike Suggars in Disability Insurance (TPD), Income Protection, Life Insurance, Personal Insurance, Trauma Insurance.
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A new survey conducted by SheSpot shows career is not the number one priority for Australian women. For 74% of women, that number one priority is family, followed in second place by financial security. In fact, 62% of women surveyed are worried about money and claim it’s the number one thing making them unhappy.

I wanted to know how many women have personal insurance in place to ensure their family and financial security is protected in the event of illness or injury?

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As reported by RiskInfo, it’s been revealed in the recent Lifewise/NATSEM Underinsurance Report that one in 5 working age parents will die or become seriously ill or injured, however 95% of families don’t have adequate insurance in place to protect them from the potential financial hardship that often follows such circumstances.

Are you one of them?

If you are, it’s easy for you to take control now while you’re still fit and healthy by taking out personal insurance. 

  • Income protection pays you 75% of your income if you’re unable to work for an extended period due to sickness or injury. Learn more about income protection
  • Trauma insurance pays out a lump sum if you’re diagnosed with one of over 40 illnesses including cancer, heart disease and stroke. Some policies even cover serious pregnancy complications.
  • Total & permanent disability (TPD) insurance is the only insurance to cover permanent disablement caused by mental disorder (including stress) and muscular skeletal injuries.
  • Death cover is often called Term insurance. This pays out in the event of death, and is just as important for mums as it is for dads as it can be used to pay for a nanny/house keeper who’ll iron the shirts, make sure the kids sports gear is packed on Tuesdays and that homework is done on time.

These different types of insurance can be combined to provide you with the cover you need, based on your personal circumstances. So don’t gamble with your family’s future. Contact Suggars & Associates to find out what insurance options are available to you.

The advice in this article is of a general nature only and does not take your personal circumstances into account. You should seek financial advice before making any investment or financial decisions.