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What you need to know about death & TPD insurance

You won’t be blamed for avoiding thinking about death and total and permanent disability (TPD) insurance. But depending on your occupation you might be doing yourself a disservice.

Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon: 5 household hacks to help you cut your bills

Beating inflation is no easy task, but Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon offers some handy tips to help make the rising cost of living more manageable.

Your most valuable asset and how to protect it

The most valuable thing you own might not be your home, your car, or even your investment portfolio. We look at how to protect this often overlooked asset.

5 things to check on with insurance through super

Insurance premiums that are deducted from your super balance are easy to forget about. If you have insurance through super, read on.

Q&A: How do education bonds work?

Investing in an education bond is one way to invest and save for a child’s education. We explain how they work.

10 tips to help bring your finances up to speed

How is your financial health? Check in on your finances with these simple and practical tips.

6 steps to reviewing a super statement

Your annual statement can provide an opportunity to scrutinise your super. Here we cover some areas to review when it comes your way.

Why life insurance premiums have gone up

The effects of the pandemic have led to significant increases in life insurance premiums in recent months. We look at what to consider before making any changes to your policy.

Jargon buster: Personal insurance edition

In the finance industry, there can be a considerable amount of jargon. In this article, we help clarify some of the commonly used jargon within the personal insurance space.

Underwriting: Revised terms (eg loadings and exclusions)

When an underwriter assesses the information contained in an individual’s insurance application, the need to take risk-reduction action may be identified. In this article, we discuss revised terms.

APRA updates: Home loan serviceability and income protection insurance

APRA supervises institutions and promotes financial system stability. In this article, we discuss APRA’s new guidance and direction regarding home loan serviceability and income protection insurance.

TPD insurance: Core & supplementary provisions

There can be many benefits to holding TPD insurance. In this article, we discuss several supplementary provisions contained within some TPD insurance policies focused on enhanced coverage.

Tips for reviewing annual super statements

Your retirement income (and outcome) can be intrinsically linked to your accumulation, and use, of wealth inside super. In this article, we provide tips on reviewing your annual super statement.

Personal finances: Taking stock & making changes

A new financial year can be an opportune time to take stock of your overall personal finances and make changes if needed. In this article, we provide a list of questions that may help you with this.

A snapshot overview of personal insurances

Personal insurances can be a key consideration when it comes to wealth accumulation and related health (and financial) risk management strategies. In this article, we summarise the main insurances.

Financial wellbeing: Financial literacy quiz

When it comes to achieving financial wellbeing, financial literacy plays a key role. In this article, we have put together a quiz to test your knowledge across various areas of your personal finances.

EOFY planning for the 2020-21 financial year

With 30 June coming up, please consider putting aside time to review your personal finances—and take action, prior to this date, if appropriate. In this article, we provide EOFY planning tips.

TPD insurance: Ownership structures

When establishing an insurance policy, it’s important to choose an appropriate ownership structure. In this article, we cover total and permanent disability (TPD) insurance and ownership structures.

Personal insurances: Insurance premium styles

A number of variables influence the insurance premiums payable on a personal insurance policy. In this article, we cover one such variable, insurance premium style and the options available.

Underwriting guidelines: Pursuits & pastimes

Many, but not all, pursuits and pastimes are often accepted at standard rates in a formal insurance application. In this article, we provide information on these and other pursuits and pastimes.

2020 Budget: The ‘COVID-19 Recovery' proposed measures

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg delivered the 2020-21 Federal Budget on 6 October 2020. We provide you with an overview of the main proposed measures that may be relevant to you and your personal finances.

Super engaged & well-informed: Annual statements

The receipt and review of your annual super statement can assist you to stay actively engaged with, and well-informed on, your super. In this article, we provide a review checklist to help with this.

2020 ‘mini-budget’: An economic & fiscal update

The Treasurer delivered a ‘mini-budget’ on 23 July 2020—an economic and fiscal update. In this article, we provide a summary of the update, inclusive of the main personal finance-related points.

Life insurance: Core & supplementary provisions

There can be many benefits to holding life insurance. In this article, we discuss several supplementary provisions held within some life insurance policies that have a focus on enhanced coverage.

EOFY planning tips: Give your finances a boost

With the end of financial year on the horizon, it’s important to review areas of our personal finances, and take action if required, before 30 June. In this article, we discuss EOFY planning tips.

The potential long-term impact of accessing super early

To access super, a condition of release must be met. In this article, we list these conditions of release, and also provide information on the potential long-term impact of accessing super early.

Appropriate measures, adverse events and positive outcomes

When an adverse event does occur, the outcome for those with an appropriate measure in place and those without can be vastly different. In this article, we list various personal finance measures.

31 March 2020: Income protection insurance

APRA has released several measures that affect income protection insurance. In this article, we provide an overview of these measures, especially in relation to the agreed value benefit type.

New Year’s resolutions: Habit formation & change

A resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something. In this article, we discuss New Year’s resolutions, and why it can be challenging to keep these resolutions (and resolutions generally).

1 April 2020: ‘Protecting Your Super Package’ 2.0

A bill, which builds upon the previously passed ‘Protecting Your Super Package’, recently passed through parliament. In this article, we explore the combined impact of these pieces of legislation.

The prevalence, incidence, risk and cost burden of ill health

‘It’ll be right’ or ‘bulletproof’ is a health mindset held by some of us. In this article, we unpack key findings into the prevalence, incidence, risk and cost burden of ill health in Australia.

Super review checklist: Your annual super statement

As a super fund member, you will be receiving your annual super statement soon. In this article, we provide you with a helpful checklist for reviewing this important document.

1 July 2019: Protecting Your Superannuation Package

Several changes are coming to superannuation, and action may be required on your part prior to 1 July 2019. In this article, we discuss the recently legislated Protecting Your Superannuation Package.

Legislative update (Acts): To be, or not to be… (Part 2)

Many Bills managed to become Acts before the dissolution of parliament. In this article, we look at several of these pertaining to social security, superannuation and taxation.

Legislative update (Bills): To be, or not to be… (Part 1)

Many Bills lapsed following the dissolution of parliament ahead of the federal election. In this article, we look at several of these pertaining to employment, social security and superannuation.

EOFY planning tips: Fine-tuning your personal finances

As we approach the end of financial year (EOFY), this can be an opportune time to do some fine-tuning in areas of your personal finances. In this article, we provide EOFY planning tips.

Needs analysis: Linked personal insurance policies

A needs analysis can be an important initial step in the establishment of an appropriate personal insurance plan. In this article, we explore needs analysis and linked personal insurance policies.

Personal insurances: Insurance premium variables

Insurance premiums can vary considerably from one person to the next due to the diverse range of variables at play. In this article, we explore several of these variables via a case study.

Your 2019 financial health check

With 2019 here, it’s time to kick-start your personal finances for the year ahead. In this article, we provide you with a financial checklist to help you take stock of your personal circumstances.

Personal insurances: The risk probability/impact matrix

Insurance, in general, can sometimes be seen as a ‘grudge purchase’ as there can be a perception of little tangible value (until claim time). In this article, we explore the risk probability/impact matrix to highlight the value of personal insurances when it comes to managing certain lifetime risks.

2018 Budget: Unwrapping the ‘Christmas in May’ proposed measures

Treasurer Scott Morrison delivered the 2018-19 Federal Budget on 8 May 2018. We provide you with a summary of the main proposed measures that may be relevant to you and your personal finances.

Personal insurances: Completing a pre-assessment

When it comes to recommending which insurer (and their offering) may be appropriate for you and managing expectations around potential outcomes of a formal insurance application, often an important step in the process can be the completion of a pre-assessment. In this article, we explain what one is.

The benefits of workplace health & wellness programs

Whether you are a business owner, manager or employee, you may find this article interesting. We discuss the benefits of businesses implementing workplace health and wellness programs. Put simply, research indicates that, healthy workers = healthy organisations = healthy business performance and productivity.

Financial attitudes and behaviours: The power of perspective

Perspective can be a powerful tool when used appropriately. Have you ever wondered how you compare to the average Australian in terms of financial attitudes and behaviours? We look at several of the findings from ASIC’s latest Australian Financial Attitudes and Behaviour Tracker (Wave 5).

Protecting your loved ones: Child trauma benefit

Without an appropriate Plan B in place, an unexpected passing, sickness or injury can often have a serious financial impact on your household. Consequently, when considering personal insurances we often think about covering ourselves. In this article, we discuss the Child Trauma Benefit. 

Enlightening Warren Buffett quotes

Warren Buffett, known as the ‘Oracle of Omaha’, is arguably one of the most successful investors of all time. In this article, we take a look at some of his most famous quotes and apply the meaning behind them to certain areas of your personal finances, such as investing, risk management and philanthropy.

What is an investment (insurance) bond?

Depending on your personal circumstances, you may find that an investment bond forms a component of your overall investment portfolio. In this article, we take a look at what an investment bond is and some important considerations before investing in one.

Income Protection: Indemnity and agreed value

One important factor when considering the establishment of an Income Protection insurance policy is the benefit type. In this article, we discuss the difference between indemnity and agreed value.

Income Protection: Supplementary provisions

There are many benefits to holding Income Protection insurance. In this article, we discuss several supplementary provisions held within some Income Protection insurance policies that have a focus on enhanced coverage.

EOFY planning: Tax and superannuation strategies

The end of financial year is close. In this article, we look at end of financial year planning strategies that may be worth considering, when it comes to tax and superannuation.

Medicare & private health insurance

The ongoing debate about private health insurance appears to be a constant one among Australians, especially when premium increases each year come to the forefront. We look at several reasons to consider retaining or taking out private health insurance. 

Trauma: Exploring beyond the big four

When considering the potential for a future claim on our Trauma insurance, we often think about the big four traumatic medical events e.g. heart attack, stroke, cancer and coronary artery bypass. It is important to remember that contemporary trauma insurance policies now also provide greater protection with the provision of a much larger range of specified medical events.

TPD claim definitions explored

For many of us Total and Permanent Disablement cover forms a component of our overall personal insurance plan; in the event of a disabling sickness or injury it has been designed to help to take the financial stress off the table at a time when our world has been turned upside-down. In this article, we explore the types of claim definitions available and their respective differences.

Give your insurance a 5 point check

Insurance is one of those things many of us set-and-forget, but a quick review of your insurance policies at least once a year is a worthwhile exercise that can help save costs and ensure peace of mind. So where do you start?

Surviving a critical illness or trauma

With early diagnosis and advancements in medical treatment, the chance of surviving serious illnesses such as heart attack, stroke or cancer is much higher than in years gone by. However the process of recovery can be emotionally and financially draining. So how do we protect ourselves?

Get a head start - 5 things you can do now to plan for financial year end

Tax time can be a breeze for some and a nightmare for others. As we are just a few months away from the end of financial year, now is the perfect time to organise your financial affairs with our end of financial year planning tips!

Personal Insurance – what does it all mean?

Personal insurance plans include a range of different kinds of cover to protect you and your family’s lifestyle in case of an unexpected change to your health. Make sure you know what the terms mean for you. 

Top 10 Financial To-Dos

It’s nearly time to sign off from work and start the holidays. Give yourself a stress-free vacation knowing that your finances are taken care of by ticking off these financial ‘to-dos’. 

Don’t take a gamble: put a plan in place.

With so many decisions to make in life, we often forget to plan. But certain events are too important to gamble with - have you planned for the things that matter? 

Parents Returning to Work

There are many things to consider when returning to work after caring for young ones. There are both financial and non-financial considerations. This article explores the important things that need to be considered.

The Cost of Insurances – Stepped Vs. Level Premiums

In this article we explain that when taking out personal insurances you have the choice of how the premium cost is structured and how much you will pay for your insurance cover over the life time of your policy.

Are you prepared for a financial rainy day?

When the unexpected happens and unplanned financial expenses occur do you have the funds at call ready to cover them or are you someone who uses credit to bail yourself out?

Trauma Insurance & The Big 4

Trauma Insurance was first introduced in 1983. What’s the purpose and why is it needed?

5 Reasons Why You Need to Review Your Personal Insurances

It certainly isn’t recommended to make changes for change sake, but your Life insurance should not be established with a “set and forget” mentality. We take a look at 5 reasons why you may need to review your personal insurances.

Australia's Underinsurance Dilemma

Did you know 83% of Australians say they have insurance for their car yet only 31% insure their income? In this article we explore the relative misunderstanding of the importance of personal insurance and the risk underinsurance creates for Australians.

Tax Time Checklist

With the end of the financial year having just passed, it means it's now time to get ready to lodge your 2012/13 tax return! This article provides our top tips to help you prepare and get the most from your 2012/13 tax return.

EOFY Planning

If you feel like you’ve run out of time to get your affairs in order, the good news is there’s a few considerations which can help minimise your tax, and make the most of the money you earn.

Children's Trauma Insurance

Children’s Trauma insurance provides a lump sum payment for a parent whose child suffers a major health trauma.

Don't get scammed when throwing away old computers

These days an unprecedented amount of personal information is stored on computers. Canny scammers readily look for ways to grab this information for their personal advantage.

Income Protection

The biggest asset for most people under the age of say 55 is their ability to earn an income. It’s easy to take this income-earning ability for granted especially when we are feeling reasonably fit and well.

Why bother planning money?

If you do have future financial goals, such as, retirement, buying a house, paying off your mortgage or buying a car or boat, then planning can certainly help achieve such goals in a timely and effective way.

New Year Financial Resolutions

As there are so many areas of finance, it can be overwhelming to review every area of your finances. Here is a short list of suggestions that might help you choose some areas that you would like to review or make a change in.

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