A recent survey conducted for the Financial Services Council by Rice Walker found that only 4% of those with dependants have sufficient life insurance . This has the potential to greatly affect families who aren’t covered if one parent were to die.
Sufficient life insurance is generally accepted to be at least 10 times the insured’s earnings. But alarmingly, six in ten people with dependants don’t have enough life insurance cover to look after their loved ones for more than one year if they were to die.
Having been in the finance industry for a number years, I believe these alarming results could be due to a lack of awareness about the types of life insurance solutions available and the cost of purchasing cover.
Many people insure their home and their car, but fail to insure their most important asset, their ability to produce an income, which is also their life. People fail to realise the value of their ‘working’ life. It supplies the capital that fuels the lifestyle that you and your family enjoy, not just now, but well into the future.
The table below demonstrates just how valuable an ‘asset’ your ability to produce an income is. It shows your potential earnings over 20 years and takes into account annual CPI increases (3% pa) and pay increases (3% pa). The table represents your gross income, cumulating over time.
Even an annual income of $30,000 today is potentially worth more than $1 million in 20 years time. Imagine no longer having access to that potential income – through injury, illness or death – which is so vital to you and your family.
Who wants to be a millionaire?
|Annual income in Year 1||30,000||40,000||50,000||60,000||70,000||80,000||90,000||100,000|
|Total income Year 2||61,800||82,400||103,000||123,600||144,200||164,800||185,400||206,000|
|Total income Year 3||95,508||127,344||159,180||191,016||222,852||254,688||286,524||318,360|
|Total income Year 4||131,238||174,985||218,731||262,477||306,223||349,969||393,715||437,462|
|Total income Year 5||169,113||225,484||281,855||338,226||394,597||450,967||507,338||563,709|
|Total income Year 6||209,260||279,013||348,766||418,519||488,272||558,025||627,779||697,532|
|Total income Year 7||251,815||335,754||419,692||503,630||587,569||671,507||755,445||839,384|
|Total income Year 8||296,924||395,899||494,873||593,848||692,823||791,797||890,772||989,747|
|Total income Year 9||344,739||459,653||574,566||689,479||804,392||919,305||1,034,218||1,149,132|
|Total income Year 10||395,424||527,232||659,040||790,848||922,656||1,054,464||1,186,272||1,318,079|
|Total income Year 11||449,149||598,866||748,582||898,299||1,048,015||1,197,731||1,347,448||1,497,164|
|Total income Year 12||506,098||674,798||843,497||1,012,196||1,180,896||1,349,595||1,518,295||1,686,994|
|Total income Year 13||566,464||755,286||944,107||1,132,928||1,321,750||1,510,571||1,699,392||1,888,214|
|Total income Year 14||630,452||840,603||1,050,753||1,260,904||1,471,055||1,681,205||1,891,356||2,101,507|
|Total income Year 15||698,279||931,039||1,163,798||1,396,558||1,629,318||1,862,078||2,094,837||2,327,597|
|Total income Year 16||770,176||1,026,901||1,283,626||1,540,352||1,797,077||2,053,802||2,310,528||2,567,253|
|Total income Year 17||846,386||1,128,515||1,410,644||1,692,773||1,974,902||2,257,030||2,539,159||2,821,288|
|Total income Year 18||927,170||1,236,226||1,545,283||1,854,339||2,163,396||2,472,452||2,781,509||3,090,565|
|Total income Year 19||1,012,800||1,350,400||1,688,000||2,025,600||2,363,199||2,700,799||3,038,399||3,375,999|
|Total income Year 20||1,103,568||1,471,424||1,839,280||2,207,135||2,574,991||2,942,847||3,310,703||3,678,559|
There are many insurance products available that come under the ‘life insurance’ umbrella’. So understandably, trying to evaluate the best product to protect your family can be daunting, and I recommend seeking professional assistance when choosing a life insurance policy.
I would encourage anyone who does not have some sort of life insurance to make an appointment with my office for a comprehensive risk management assessment. Those with life insurance, but who have not updated their policy recently, could also be at risk. Life changes such as marriage, the birth of a child, or purchase of a house all impact your life insurance needs.
Contact Chan & Naylor Financial Planning on 1300 99 77 34 to make an appointment to assess your insurance needs.
Important Note: This material is of a general nature only and has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Before making a decision based on this material, you should consider the appropriateness of this material in regards to your objectives, financial situation and needs.