News SMSFs the Key to Health and Happiness

Are SMSFs the Key to Health and Happiness?

Recently, a reputable financial firm surveyed over 2,000 Australian adults about their attitudes concerning investment, debt and savings. The online poll was taken toward the end of 2013 and involved household decision-makers between the ages of 18 and 65. Age, gender and location were all taken into consideration when compiling the results.

The report is called the RaboDirect National Savings and Debt Barometer (NSDB). This is the third annual report; as usual, it aimed to seek opinions about the financial issues that Australians find most important.

This year’s model related a lot of the issues to health and happiness. Across all major issues, age groups, occupations and both genders, those who were in the best shape financially said they were both healthier and happier.

So, who came out on top of the health and happiness scale? The Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF).

Self-Managed Super Funds

Those with SMSFs felt that they were happier and healthier than those with other super funds by a large margin. In addition, approximately one out of three respondents who had SMSFs said that they expect to have at least $1 million in their funds when they retire. Of those who had different superannuation funds, only 10% expected to have $1 million when they retire.

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News What You Ought to Know About Disability Insurance

What You Ought to Know About Disability Insurance

Disability Insurance, usually sold as “Total and Permanent Disability Insurance,” is designed to relieve financial pressure in case you become permanently disabled as the result of illness or injury. It usually comes in the form of a lump sum and is used to pay for such things as living expenses, debts and medical expenses. It can also be the source of funding for a permanent lifestyle change if one is necessary.

How Does Disability Insurance Work?

Disability insurance covers you if you can’t work again due to disability. There are two different ways that most companies will insure you. The first is in case you are injured and can’t practice your own profession again, such as a musician with a debilitating hand injury. The other is if you are disabled and can’t work in any profession again, such as someone who becomes paralysed.

It is important to read the language of any policy carefully and thoroughly to make sure that you know what your coverage is.

How Much Cover Should You Have?

We know that the amount of cover you select will be largely dependent upon your ability to pay the premium, but we suggest that you make a list of all your projected expenses and get coverage for that number. Be sure to include enough benefits to pay off: your mortgage, miscellaneous household debts, cost of remodeling your home to compensate for your condition, ongoing household expenses, medical care and your children’s education.

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News What is Trauma Insurance

What is Trauma Insurance and Why Do You Need It?

Everyone knows about life insurance. Many people know about total and permanent disability cover. Some even know all about income protection cover. But one kind of insurance that often slips between the cracks is trauma insurance. In the insurance industry, trauma insurance is a relative newcomer, having been in existence for around thirty years.

But make no mistake; trauma insurance is a great policy to have and may be the one on which most Australians are the most likely to collect. So, what is trauma insurance and why do so few Australians know about it?

Trauma Insurance: How It Works

Trauma insurance provides you with a lump sum payment in the event that you suffer a traumatic illness. Each insurer has a different list of what conditions they deem payable, so you should choose your provider carefully.

By the Numbers

We mentioned that trauma insurance is the insurance that Australians are the most likely to collect. So, what conditions generate the most claims? According to the AMP website, in 2011 their trauma insurance claims were paid in this ratio:

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