Rarely has a global event so starkly demonstrated the importance of protection insurance. As the coronavirus pandemic swept through the UK, millions were unable to work due to illness or self-isolation, people were furloughed or made redundant, and many tragically lost their lives.
As lockdown eases, many people will be seeing changes in their financial circumstances. For example, those who have taken advantage of a mortgage payment holiday may find their monthly payments increasing as the holiday period comes to an end. That’s why it’s so important to review your protection policies, to ensure they offer adequate cover for your changing needs.
A financial lifeline
The protection insurance sector is widely renowned for supporting its customers when they need it most, with insurers paying out on 98.3% of all protection claims in 2019. And, faced with an influx of claims in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has pledged its support to customers, NHS trusts and businesses during these difficult times.
While this is positive news for policyholders, it’s still important to continually review your cover – otherwise you could risk being underinsured. This means that, even if your insurer does pay out on your claim, it may not be enough to cover your and your family’s needs if you died unexpectedly or were unable to work due to injury or illness. Like most people, your financial circumstances will probably change constantly throughout your lifetime. For example, say you insured yourself for a certain amount as a newlywed. You may go on to have children, move to a bigger property, take on a larger mortgage, buy a new car, etc. The amount you originally insured yourself for is therefore unlikely to cover your growing outgoings.
Does a modern policy equal a better policy?
Another advantage of updating your cover is that modern policies tend to offer more extensive cover. In a recent study, an expert closely examined a critical illness policy sold in 2007 and compared it with one sold 10 years later in 2017. It was concluded that the 2017 policy was superior in 88 separate ways.
So, if you’ve simply been renewing the same policy for years, not only will you risk being underinsured but you’ll also be missing out on the benefits and comprehensive cover offered by newer policies on the market today.
Change your insurance for a changing world
The world is changing rapidly, with economic uncertainty and the threat of coronavirus likely to be present in our lives for a long time to come. So, let us help you find the best protection for your circumstances, to give you the peace of mind that you and your family will be protected, come what may.
Contact us in the office today to see how we can help and to arrange your no-obligation financial review.
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