When we’re healthy, and things are going well, it seems easy to prioritise how we spend our money day-to-day. A recent study found 72% of participants had comprehensive car insurance, and 62% home and contents. But why did just 22% have life insurance and 12% income protection?#
Your greatest asset - you
The world is currently going through an unprecedented time. For most people, their greatest asset is the ability to earn. And while it is hopefully short lived, there are many examples of how difficult life could be without an income. So, unlike your car, home or phone – which are relatively easy to replace, it might make sense to consider the cost of replacing ‘you’.
Who’d be affected if you weren’t there
No one wants to think about leaving people behind. But the fact is many people each year also can’t support their families, because they’ve had an accident or suffered an illness. This could mean they either can’t work for a short period or can’t ever work again.
How long could your savings last?
Have you ever worked out how long it’d take before your savings were uncomfortably low, or your credit cards were maxed out? Studies suggest around 50% of workers under 35 wouldn’t be able to survive 1 month without an income, before needing to sell their assets^. Perhaps consider:
- day-to-day expenses paid by your salary (e.g. food, bills, transport)
- your debts – mortgages, credit cards, personal loans
- how much income you and your family need to live comfortably
- the future costs of care and education for your children or anyone you support financially.