Protect your income!
Your income is the foundation upon which your family’s financial plans are built, and in most people’s lives there won’t be a larger asset to protect than their cumulative income. Consider this – a 40-year-old man currently earning $75,000 per annum with salary increases of 5% each consecutive year will earn over three and a half million dollars by the time he turns 65. When it is put that way your income is certainly worth insuring!
Life has a habit of throwing up hurdles, usually at the most inconvenient times. It’s impossible to know what’s going to happen in your life, although insuring against potential problems reduces the risk that you may not achieve your goals.
Basically, to achieve your life plans you need to maintain your cash flow. So what happens if it should suddenly stop? Income protection insurance can replace 75% of your income if you can’t work due to accident or sickness and the premiums are tax-deductible.
It isn’t a replacement for workers’ compensation, sick leave or private health insurance. It is a long-term solution that should be tailored to work in concert with these and other insurance types.
Could this be you?
Mark was a 40-year-old carpenter who fractured his leg in three places when he fell off a trampoline playing with his son. His financial circumstances were:
1. Rent $1800 per month
2. Child maintenance payments of $750 per month
3. School fees $500 per month (paid annually and due shortly)
4. General living expenses (food, electricity, petrol, etc) $1200 per month
5. Car repayments $420 per month
Due to the severity of the break, Mark was off work for ten months. The accident cost him more than $50,000 in lost income and all of his savings. He borrowed from his ageing father to cover shortfalls such as school fees and rent. After his recovery, Mark found it difficult to work as a carpenter because his injury affected his ability to climb ladders and maintain adequate balance.
If Mark had income protection insurance with the appropriate conditions and terms he would have been able to recuperate without the stress of huge financial pressures. Additionally he may have received ongoing partial income while he retrained for another career.
Consider your own circumstances in the event of misfortune and ask yourself honestly – how would my situation unfold? Then discuss your current protection and possible strategies with a licensed financial adviser.
Assumption of calculation: taking into account gross base salary only; not including tax, super contributions or bonuses.