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Everyone knows they need to insure their car, their home and anything precious, from pets to bicycles. But the pandemic has sparked increased interest among women in another kind of insurance – policies that ensure individuals and their families can meet their financial commitments if the worst happens, called income protection.
Last updated: 25 January 2022
The pandemic has made people realise that their income is vital and has revealed the value of protection insurance. Although many people have already prepared a will and have savings or other assets earmarked for their family should the worst happen, often cash savings will not cover the full cost of long-term illness.
Meanwhile, having to sell investments such as shares or property in a rush to meet unforeseen outgoings is both stressful and risky, as it can mean accepting less for your assets than you hoped for. It’s also a problem for when you have recovered, as those diminished savings and assets have to be replaced but at potentially higher prices than you initially paid for them. Executing a will can also be a lengthy process, which may leave family unsupported financially for months or years.
When buying insurance, most people think about the cash value of their possessions – how much it would cost to replace their car or smartphone, for example. But when buying income protection, women need to think about the value of the unpaid work they do alongside their salary, including household chores. If you have young children, you also need to think about childcare. If you were ill for an extended period of time, how much would childcare cost? You would need to factor in future expenses, too; for example, the extra-curricular activities that children will be involved in once they reach secondary school.
Income protection is especially important for part-time workers (the majority of whom are women) and the self-employed, as during periods of economic crisis, these jobs are often lost. Sometimes, the main earner in a household has an income protection policy, but the partner on a lower salary or working part time should also be covered.
There is a wide range of protection policies available to cater for every kind of personal circumstance. Before opting for one, it’s important to speak to a financial adviser to assess your financial liabilities and ensure you have the right insurance for your needs.
If you are looking for income protection, we can help you choose the best policy for your circumstances – please get in touch.
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