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The insurance in your super – when to review and update it?
As we move through life our needs change, which means our insurance needs may change too. But let’s face it, when was the last time you checked your cover through your super? Chances are, it was a while ago.
The great thing about insurance through your super is that the premiums come straight out of your super account. So, while you are still paying for it through your super, it won’t impact your day-to-day budget.
Okay, so when should I review my insurance?
There are key milestones through life that might trigger you to take stock and check your insurance cover. These milestones usually indicate that your financial needs have changed, which is why you might need to adjust your insurance cover.
Here are some of the milestones to consider:
When you’re starting out in the workforce
While many of us think we’re bullet proof in the younger years, the sad reality is things can happen. If you were injured and unable to work for a while, Income Protection cover can be critical in helping to pay the bills.
If your claim is successful, Income protection will provide you with a proportion of your monthly income if you experience injury or illness that makes it difficult or impossible for you to work for a period of time. This will mean you’ll have the financial support to continue to pay bills and support your lifestyle.
Tying the knot is generally a good time to check in on your collective finances as you may now rely on each other financially. Depending on your joint expenses like a mortgage, or other bills, you want to make sure your insurance cover will support you both if something was to happen.
Starting a family
Starting a family is such a special time in anyone’s life. However, you now have a child who is financially and physically dependent on you.
Life insurance is particularly important at this stage as it will help protect your family financially if one of you were no longer around.
Once the kids have flown the nest, or you’ve decided to look at a better work life balance, you might want to consider downsizing your home and other expenses. This is also a good time to check your insurance cover, as you may no longer need as much insurance coverage as you previously had.
Tip: Have multiple funds?
You could be doubling up on insurance. You may consider seeking financial advice to help support you. If you are a Rest member you can speak to a Rest Adviser to get expert advice on consolidating your super funds and finding the right insurance if something should happen to you.