Personal Insurance Advice
Our Personal Insurance Advice process involves finding out what’s important to you and empowering you to make better decisions regarding your personal insurance cover. The first type of insurance everyone thinks of is life insurance – which needs no explanation. Our existing clients have thought about and clarified their priorities should they pass away. These priorities may be similar to yours. We often work on life insurance strategies to fund the following items:
- Reducing the mortgage to a more serviceable level or paying it off altogether;
- Providing financial support for private school education for the loved ones you leave behind;
- Leaving a sufficient retirement capital sum to secure a comfortable retirement for loved ones left behind.
Our process uncovers your perspective and preferences and then we design an insurance strategy to provide for the needs you identify, should any of the insurable events occur.
The following three types of insurance are all about you and making sure you’re best placed to deal with an unfortunate event.
These all provide cover benefits whilst you’re alive. Our advice revolves around giving you the financial control you need during unfortunate times of sickness or disablement.
For more information on what insurances can cover and the various policy features see the Money Smart Website.
Just like our key investment principle of keeping costs low and minimising risks, we consistently apply this approach to our insurance advice. Quite often you are able to insure for a large amount, but it comes at a significant cost. Insurance advice for us is about educating our clients and empowering them to make an informed decision about the risks that they face. Running through various situations and asking them to consider how they would be placed to respond financially. Where they don’t like the outcome, or could foresee the family struggling financially, we provide recommendations for insurance policies to be put in place to outsource the risk to an insurer.
Integration of our insurance advice within a holistic advice solution means that our insurance recommendations consider the following:
- Tax effective Ownership for deductibility of premiums.
- Tax consequence of a possible insurance payout.
- Beneficiary taxation position on any life insurance policy.
- Appropriate choice of Stepped v Level premiums considering the length of time our client’s plan to hold the insurance policy
- Estate planning considerations such as is the policy owned in the most appropriate name/ entity, ensuring that the nomination on the policy remains in line with the client’s wishes on a review basis.
When recommending coverage, we take into account your current financial position, your lifestyle requirements (e.g. private schooling for the kids), implications to cash flow (e.g. potentially structuring certain insurance within superannuation) and tax minimisation. Because all of these inputs change on a regular basis this necessitates regular reviews of all policies to ensure that the cover remains relevant for your circumstances. Reducing the cover where appropriate to ensure that more of your hard-earned money stays with you.
If you’re self-employed or running a business, we can also help with variety of business insurance strategies. Contact Us for more information.
Financial Life Planning is a holistic process
that puts your interests first and focuses
on increasing your sense of financial
well-being and life satisfaction.
It sounds like a strange thing to say that your financial adviser would be talking to you about how you feel, about those sorts of emotional choices and decisions about where you’re going to live and how happy you are in the place that you’re living, but they’re equally as interested in talking to us about that as they are about how good our super is going ..…” Fleur and Kym Wilkinson
“When we were separating, splitting assets and all that kind of stuff, Michael was much more than a financial adviser, he was a confidante, a marriage counsellor to a certain degree, but more importantly, a trusted friend.” Craig Buchanan
“If somebody asked me about financial planning and they were considering it, I would without hesitation recommend HPH” Philip and Kate Smith
“I think what great financial advice offers is peace of mind and particularly if you’re the sort of person like me who’d rather be out sailing than in reading about the latest investment strategy, so it’s great to know you’ve got someone who’s across all that stuff and working on your behalf. It takes the worry out of it for you.” Penny Walsh
“I think the last meeting that we had with the guys I actually cried because I was so happy with how everything was going and so appreciative of everything that they had set up for us.” Dr Fleur Davey
“We were initially very cautious, but they were terrific because they listened first and offered suggestions second. They asked lots and lots and lots of questions about our lifestyle and our ambitions for the future and all those sorts of things and then subsequently came back and said here’s a series of suggestions that we think might be of value to you and we appreciated that style.” Shaun and Lina Ridley
“If it wasn’t for HPH, I think I’d still be worried about money” Craig Buchanan