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How inflation impacts your life insurance – and how you can manage it

Inflation may mean you might not have enough cover in the future

Inflation occurs when the cost of goods and services keep going up. It reduces the value of money over time and means things will cost more in the future. Inflation has recently been at its highest level since the 1980’s.

As life insurance is often held for a long time, the amount of protection that you are insured for under your policy at a particular point in time may not be enough in the future.

Your ClearView insurance increases with inflation

Your ClearView insurance protection includes an “indexation benefit”. This means that each year, we increase the amount of protection to keep up with the higher cost of living. It also means that the cost of your insurance goes up.

You can make your cover cheaper if you need to

When the cost of living goes up, you might find it hard to afford the higher insurance costs. If you need to make your protection cheaper, there are some changes you can consider so that you remain protected, such as:

  • reducing the amount of cover you hold,
  • removing optional extra benefits,
  • if you have Income Protection, reducing the benefit period (how long we pay you) and/or increasing the waiting period (how long you have to wait before we pay you), and
  • using the Suspending Cover Benefit, where you will not have to pay for your insurance for up to 12 months – but you will not be able to claim during this time.

Your financial adviser can help you identify which changes are appropriate for you.

The risk of not having any insurance protection

Australians insure their cars and houses without a second thought, even when times are tougher. While these are valuable possessions, they are not more valuable than you or your family. So, if you are questioning how much you pay for your life insurance, think about how having some protection is better than having none at all.

This article is made available by ClearView Life Nominees Pty Ltd, ClearView Life Assurance Limited and ClearView Financial Management Limited (ClearView) and intended to provide general information only. The information has been prepared without taking into account any particular person’s objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on such information, you should consider the appropriateness of the information having regard to your personal objectives, financial situation or needs. ClearView recommends that you obtain personal financial advice and read the relevant Product Disclosure Statement before making any decision about a product. This information does not in any way constitute tax or legal advice and before relying on this information, you should seek independent expert advice. While we have taken all care to ensure the information in this article is accurate and reliable, to the extent the law permits we will not assume liability to any person for any error or omission in the article however caused. Call (02) 8095 1494 for editorial enquiries.

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