What is protection?
Written by Grant
“Protection” refers to types of life and protection insurance which are put in place to help “protect” you, your income, your home or your family from unforeseen events such as critical illness or unemployment, and to help secure your financial future.
Your protection needs will change throughout your life as your family situation, employment, and financial circumstances change. It’s important to consider what kind of protection you might need and to review this on a regular basis to take into consideration any changes in circumstances. A good time to assess your requirements is when you’re reviewing your mortgage needs.
Common types of cover include:
This is designed to support you financially if you can’t work due to illness or injury. It will replace part of your income and will continue to pay out until you can work again. The payments will be regular, tax-free instalments.
Mortgage payment protection
Mortgage payments are commonly people’s largest financial commitment so it’s important to think about protecting it. Sometimes known as Accident, Sickness and Unemployment cover (ASU), this policy will often payout for a maximum of two years, so can give you peace of mind that in the event of redundancy or illness, your mortgage payments will be covered during this period.
Life insurance gives you the comfort of knowing that your loved ones will be provided for should you die during the term of your policy. When linked to a mortgage, life insurance will pay out a lump sum.
Critical illness cover
This is similar to life insurance but will pay out on the diagnosis of certain illnesses, as opposed to only paying out on death. You will receive a tax-free lump sum upon the diagnosis of your illness, and once this money had been paid out to you, the policy will end.
Buildings and contents insurance
Homes insurance is a general term used to describe two very different types of insurance. Buildings insurance covers the building, permanent fixtures and fittings, such as kitchens and bathrooms. Contents insurance covers things you keep in your home, such as furniture, TV’s, personal belongings and some types of flooring, including carpets.
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