Why insurance is important – real benefits for you and your family
Discover the importance of insurance and why it plays a central role in your financial wellbeing, helping to provide financial security for you and your family when it's needed most.
Insure your greatest asset – you!
You insure your car and your home. But nothing is more important than your life and your ability to make a living. So it makes good sense to insure your greatest asset – you!
As we move through life, find a partner, raise a family, and maybe start a business, the importance of insurance in a long term plan increases. That’s because insurance is all about providing a financial safety net that helps you to take care of yourself and those you love when you need it the most.
5 reasons why insurance matters
Why is insurance important? Let’s look at five key reasons.
1. Protection for you and your family
Your family depend on your financial support to enjoy a decent standard of living, which is why insurance is especially important once you start a family. It means the people who matter most in your life may be protected from financial hardship if the unexpected happens.
2. Reduce stress during difficult times
None of us know what lies around the corner. Unforeseen tragedies such as illness, injury or permanent disability, even death – can leave you and your family facing tremendous emotional stress, and even grief. With insurance in place, you or your family’s financial stress will be reduced, and you can focus on recovery and rebuilding your lives.
3. To enjoy financial security
No matter what your financial position is today, an unexpected event can see it all unravel very quickly. Insurance offers a payout so that if there is an unforeseen event you and your family can hopefully continue to move forward.
4. Peace of mind
No amount of money can replace your health and wellbeing – or the role you play in your family. But you can at least have peace of mind knowing that if anything happened to you, your family’s financial security is assisted by insurance.
5. A legacy to leave behind
A lump sum death benefit can secure the financial future for your children and protect their standard of living.
Ram and Sita – Young Family
The following scenario is illustrative only to demonstrate the importance of insurance and is not based on an actual event.
Ram (34) and Sita (33) recently upgraded to a new home to allow their twin boys Luv and Kush (aged 4) more room to play. This also meant taking on a bigger mortgage on one income, as Sita is a homemaker. To protect the family, Ram decided to take out Income Protection Insurance.
During a simple Saturday afternoon game of backyard cricket with the twins, Ram tripped and broke his leg. What appeared to be a simple break was more complicated than initially realised and Ram required several reconstructive operations followed by physiotherapy.
It meant Ram was out of the workforce for over six months, and while his employer was sympathetic, Ram only had two weeks of sick leave owing to him.
Thankfully, Ram Income Protection insurance meant he received a stream of payments equal to 80% of his regular wage (including super). The couple needed to tighten their belts a little until Ram was back on his feet but they were able to keep up with their home loan repayments, which would not otherwise have been possible without their Income Protection cover.