Here at Anculo, we provide help and advice for anything you need financially.
Financial products are sometimes at their most useful when they are protecting our families, our incomes or our property.
Whilst insuring ourselves against an undesirable event such as sickness or death, may not be a pleasant thing to think about, the benefit of being able to set financial issues aside at emotionally difficult times cannot be overlooked.
There are various ways in which a family can protect itself, and because of the large range of products available, there is usually an appropriate policy for most circumstances, and most budgets.
We can help with many ways to protect your family and your standard of living when you need it most. Click on the different protection options on the main menu to learn more about these.
Life Protection Options
There are several ways in which you can protect yourself and your family in the event of an untimely death.
Most people take out life assurance to provide for their families and alleviate any financial worries at a difficult time.
Level Term Assurance
Pays a lump sum in the event of death during the term of the policy. There is no investment element within a term assurance contract, so at the end of the term there is no maturity value and life cover ends. The benefit is paid tax-free. Premiums are usually monthly and fixed throughout the term. As the term and benefit are known from the outset, and there is no investment content. Term assurance can be a cost-effective method of protection.
Decreasing Term Assurance
Works in a similar way to Level Term Assurance, but the benefit is set at the outset and gradually decreases over the term of the policy. These policies can be used as cover for a repayment mortgage, or other loans where the amount of capital outstanding also decreases over time. As the benefit reduces over time, the premiums are usually lower than for Level Term Assurance.
Family Income Benefit
Works the same as term assurance but instead of paying a lump sum upon death, it will usually pay a regular monthly/annual tax-free income in the event of death to your dependants up until the end of the term of the policy.
Critical Illness Insurance
Usually available as an addition to all term assurance plans but can be bought on a standalone basis. Critical illness provides a lump sum benefit / income in the event of diagnosis of certain critical illnesses, such as heart attack, stroke, transplant, blindness, total and permanent disability. The illnesses covered will be specified in the policy along with any exclusions and limitations – these differ between insurers
A business may want to protect the key employees within their firm – perhaps the key salesperson, or the IT manager, without whom the business would not function properly. Keyperson / shareholder / partnership protection can provide a fixed sum should the individual be unable to work, or even die. The benefit will be designed to cover the firm’s expenses in meeting any emergency costs, recruiting a replacement employee and protecting the future of the business.
If a shareholder were to pass away, the firms remaining shareholders or directors may want to purchase the deceased’s shares from their estate promptly to maintain control of their business. The same scenario also applies to partners in a firm.
Income Protection Options
This policy is designed to provide an income in the event the insured individual is unable to work due to ill health. The level of premium will depend upon the amount of benefit and term selected. Most policies cease to pay the benefit once the insured is able to return to work. Income protection policies are usually written to retirement age or 60 if earlier.
Accident, Sickness & Unemployment (ASU)
ASU policies were traditionally sold to accompany mortgages, allowing for a regular income to be paid to the insured should they be unable to work due to ill health, an accident or lose their job. The product can be split down, and unemployment cover is usually the optional extra available for an additional premium. Benefits are only usually paid for a specified period, for example 12 months. It is important to compare ASU and Income Protection closely as one may be more suitable than another. It may also be beneficial to use the two products to work in tandem with each other.
Protecting your home
Whether you rent or own your home, insuring it makes sense. There are two main types of home insurance to consider – buildings and contents. As the names suggest, buildings insurance protects the property itself, whilst contents insurance covers the furniture, furnishings, appliances, clothing and all your possessions.
Whatever the type of property you live in, even if it’s ‘non-standard’, the chances are we’ll be able help you to find the cover you need. We’ll also be able to help you get the right cover for all your home contents.
Although the value of properties and their contents will vary, it’s important not to underestimate just how much the contents of your home are worth – your electrical and technology items alone could easily add up to thousands of pounds. Gadgets such as tablets are small but relatively expensive and can easily be damaged or stolen. Take a look around you; how much would it cost to replace all the contents of your home?
General Insurance - Continued
Although we all like to think that it won’t happen to our home, unfortunately, accidents, fire, burglary and other mishaps are not uncommon. So, whilst it’s tempting to think that home insurance is one expense that can be avoided, such a decision could prove to be a false economy.
The good news is that we can help.
The information within this article is purely for information purposes only and does not constitute individual advice.