How much cover should you have?

 

The insurance you need will mostly depend on your own personal circumstances – where you are in your life and what financial commitments you have. Thinking about these sorts of things will help you consider what an insurance benefit may need to cover if something were to happen to you.

 

Being ready for the unexpected

Everyone’s needs are different, and as such it can sometimes leave you wondering what type and amount of insurance cover is best for you.

Here are some thoughts to get you started:

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Young and single

You might be starting out in your career; no dependants; may have mostly no debt or short-term debt only.

How you would support yourself if you became ill or disabled and weren’t able to work, either in the short term or long term? Insurance cover may help protect your ability to earn an income and your independence.

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Young couple or young family

You may be more established in a career; with or without dependent children; may have long-term debts (eg. mortgage).

Think about ongoing financial commitments you would have to cover if something happened to you. Insurance cover can protect your family and the lifestyle that you’ve worked hard to build.

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Mature single or ‘empty-nester’

You may be more financially independent; with or without adult children; lower levels of long-term debt.

Think about how medical treatments etc could affect savings. Insurance cover can help you protect the wealth you’ve created. At the same time, it’s possible that if you have fewer commitments, your current cover might actually be more than you need. The cover you had previously to protect against financial difficulty or illness may end up costing you more in premiums than necessary.

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Looking for help or advice about insurance?

If you have questions about the type or amount of insurance cover you should have, you may want to talk with our Advice Essentials team over the phone. There is generally no additional cost to you to use this service for advice relating to insurance cover in your Accumulate Plus account. (You can also check out insurance calculators.)

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Other useful resources

    Insurance needs calculator

    Try this handy calculator to see what your insurance coverage needs may be according to your circumstances. (Source: Lifewise)