5 Steps to Understand Income Protection Insurance and how it Works for You

First and foremost, in order for you to understand your personal insurance and its processes and other parts, you need to pay attention to every details of it just like you are buying something for your daily needs and less for your “other” things like gadgets and stuff that you don’t really need at the moment.

With income protection, as its name suggests, it is made and designed for people to ensure that they will continue to receive an income if they are or they will be unable to work anymore perhaps because of age, illness or disability and any other related cases. It is made for people and people should understand its process well for them to know and work it out properly as they wanted it to be.

So to help you understand how income protection insurance works, here are our top 5 steps in order for you to find the right policy that suits your needs with your income protection insurance:

1. Identify the kind of income protection you need

This will depend on how long you require your policy to pay you an income. And because you want to enter the income protection insurance policy, you need to settle this first. There are many different ASU policies available, including Payment Protection and Mortgage Payment Protection Insurance. When it comes to Payment Protection, this one usually meets the cost of a specific debt that you are facing as of the moment that prevents you from making your insurance in default mode.

On the other hand, the Mortgage Payment Protection will cover the cost of mortgage payments for a limited time. It is worth noting that for both of these types of policy; your insurer will pay you directly. In choosing the right insurance to use, choosing a longer deferred period can help reduce the cost of premiums.

2. Choosing Long Term Income Protection

This is like choosing what you really need from what you really want kind of process. When you choose the long term income protection, you need to make sure that you know exactly which kind of plan you are buying. You can visit our previous posts regarding the different types of policy to choose from.

3. Think carefully on how much you put in your income protection

When you are just over-seeing this one, you will surely miss everything about it. You should never underestimate your income protection in order for you to achieve low premiums. You won’t be allowed to insure for more than your gross salary, because insurance cannot allow you to make a profit out of your misfortune. Think carefully about how much you need each month to get by, so that you don’t end up under-insured.

4. Know the other benefits that you are sure to be entitled to cover

In other words, you need to check other income cover benefits first before anything else. This is to make sure that you are allowed with this kind of income protection whenever you are unable to work anymore. You need to always look at your sick pay arrangements in your contract of employment because some employers may overlook at it and take it for granted. You need to always “read the small print” carefully in your contract.

5. Monthly premiums for Income Protection will depend on a variety of factors

This is for your cost of income protection policy premiums. These income protection insurance are made because your job will also have a bearing on how much you pay for it. Think of it carefully before rushing through it. It is not an easy process to take but everything about it will be worth the work.

Most businesses nowadays have taken a usually quite dry and technical subject to make it more fun and in an unexpected way. As an employee, you need to be ready all the time before the time comes. For more income protection insurance policies and tips to read, visit our previous and upcoming posts in our site. Remember, it is better to be safe than regret it in the end.

How to Know If You Have Mis-sold PPI?

You may have heard of the controversy concerning mis-sold PPI’s in the UK. Believe me it was awful. A significant number of us policyholders have found out that the insurance we have is useless as we would not be able to claim. I was self-employed at that time and boy, it did cause me a headache.

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Good thing that the industry is working really hard on this case. The banks now must trawl their records for PPI policies which were mis-sold. They informed me as well as the other policyholders that we may now be able to reclaim our premiums. The

Financial Services Authority (FSA) required the banks to contact us customers to see if there was a systematic problem in the way policies were sold. As it turned out, some of the banks’ marketing literature issued alongside all policies did not comply with the FSA guidelines. This in turn, will result to us customers reclaiming our premiums.

I really had a hard time identifying myself if I have mis-sold PPI but as I inquired and researched further, I have learned to identify them, and here they are:

If ever you want to identify yourself if you have mis-sold PPI, ask yourself these questions:
• Was the insurance made clear to you?
• Did the adviser tell you about any significant exclusions under the policy?
For example in the exclusion, you won’t be covered for any pre-existing medical condition.
• Did the adviser made it clear that you would have to pay for the insurance up front in one single payment when you took out a loan or finance agreement?
• Did the adviser made it clear that the insurance cost would be added to the loan and you would be paying interest on it when you had to pay for the PPI as a single payment?
• Did the adviser made it clear that the insurance would run out before you had finished paying for your loan or finance agreement?
My loan or financial agreement lasted for more than five years. The adviser did not told me that I have to continue paying the insurance premium even after the insurance expired. He should have told me.
• In the case that if you have bought PPI after January 14, 2005: Did the adviser try to persuade you to take it out by saying something like ‘we strongly recommend that you consider taking out PPI’?
They should have issued a ‘demands and needs statement’ to show why a particular policy has been recommended and why it is suitable for me. But they didn’t. And this is why they are ground for complaint.

If you are done asking yourself of these questions, you might realize that most of them, the answer is no. If I ask these questions myself, almost all of it are no. I have mis-sold PPI. Are you?

If ever you are, then fret not for there will still be a chance for you to reclaim your PPI. I have already reclaimed mine, you go and reclaim yours too.