Category : Life Insurance

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Keeping your heart healthy

Keeping your heart healthy

Dementia and Alzheimers have replaced heart disease as the leading cause of death in England and Wales, but the latter still accounted for 11.5% of all deaths in 2015. In fact, every three minutes someone in the UK has a heart attack and 30% of those are fatal.

The good news is there’s a lot you can do to keep your heart healthy.

Watch your weight
Research shows keeping to a healthy weight cuts your risk of heart disease. The British Heart foundation offers support on eating well and being physically active which can help you manage your weight and keep your heart healthy. Find out more at www.bhf.org.uk

Stop smoking
Smokers are almost twice as likely to have a heart attack compared with those who’ve have never smoked. It’s a difficult habit to break, but stopping smoking is the single best thing you can do for your heart’s health. If you smoke:

• ask your doctor, practice nurse or pharmacist for advice on how to stop.
• make a date to give up and stick to it.
• tell your family and friends that you’re quitting and ask for their support.
• keep busy to help take your mind off cigarettes.

Don’t drink too much
Drinking more than the recommended amount of alcohol can also have a harmful effect on your heart and general health. If you drink alcohol it is important to keep within the guidelines and drink no more than 14 units each week.

Manage cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure
If you have too much cholesterol in your blood, have diabetes or high blood pressure, this can increase your risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases. Eating healthily and exercising regularly can help lower cholesterol, reduce your risk of developing type two diabetes and reduce blood pressure.

Get financial protection
Life and Protection Insurance offers a financial safety net for you and your loved ones, should heart disease strike. In fact, Scottish Widows recently revealed that heart-related disorders were the second only to cancer as the most common reason for a policyholder to claim on their life cover and critical illness plan. They can provide a regular income or cash payout to ease the financial burden caused by serious illness or untimely death:

• Life Insurance can provide financial security to those who depend on your income when you die. It could pay off your mortgage, or provide an income to help cover things like regular household bills
• Critical Illness Insurance pays out a tax-free lump sum on the diagnosis of certain life-threatening or debilitating conditions, like cancer, heart attack or stroke.
• Income Protection Insurance pays out a regular, tax-free income if you become unable to work because of illness, injury, and in some cases, unemployment. It could help you keep up with your mortgage or rent payments, as well as other living costs, until you’re able to return to work.

You may already have one or more of the above in place, but it’s still worth reviewing your current cover levels. Personal circumstances can change regularly so it’s important to ensure your level of cover remains appropriate.

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Pensions

Home truths

Home truths

The LV= Home Truths Report has revealed that homemakers are happier than people working in any other occupation, despite working longer hours than most people think.

Flexible hours, being able to spend time with the children and relatively low stress levels all contribute to homemakers generally feeling happier than those in full time jobs, even though they work, on average, 66 hours in a five day week.

It all adds up

As well as being crucial to the home and family, the role of the homemaker also contributes to the economy. In fact, the Office for National Statistics suggests an equivalent salary for a homemaker would be £38,162 a year, covering tasks like childcare, cooking, cleaning, transportation, shopping and doing the laundry.

Perhaps we underestimate the value of a homemaker though, as only 7% have taken out Income Protection insurance that would replace some, or all, of the £733 a week needed to pay for alternative cover.

Deadline to the breadline

To make things worse, families would only be able to manage to pay for help for just 18 days, on average, before they ran out of savings or had to borrow money – even though their first priority would be making sure their children are looked after.

It goes to show that there’s often a gap between our aspirations for our children and the steps we will take to ensure they can be realised.

While none of us want to think that an accident or illness will happen to us, life’s nasty surprises can (and do) happen to anyone and at any time.

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Income Protection

The cost of a child..

It’s official: Raising a child is now more expensive than buying the average house.

• Average price of a semi-detached house in the UK = £219,255.
• Cost of raising a child to age 21 in the UK = £231,843.

You’ve insured your home, but how do you go about insuring your kids?Obviously costs change as children grow up, but from birth to 21 £231,843 equates to a monthly cost of £878.

Here’s how the total cost breaks down on average:

• Childcare & Babysitting £70,466
• Education £74,430
• Food £19,004
• Clothing £10,942
• Holidays £16,882
• Hobbies & Toys £9,307
• Leisure & Recreation £7,464
• Pocket Money £4,614
• Furniture £3,408
• Personal £1,130
• Other £14,195

59% of parents said they are struggling to manage outgoings including childcare, which amounts to nearly a third of the total cost of raising a child. Surprisingly though, 49% of parents do not have a plan in place for a sudden loss of income resulting from things like a critical illness or even the death of a parent.

Investing for their future

Even after 21 the costs keep adding up and parents are still spending £1,113 a month on things like education
and food. Today, the overall cost of a three-year degree (including tuition fees, accommodation and living expenses), is typically between £35,000 to £40,000.

Marriage can be a costly option for those who choose it, with the average wedding estimated to be £20,000. Getting a foot on the property ladder is another growing cost for the next generation. The typical first-time buyer borrows over 3.39 times their income with a deposit of 17% and we’ve all heard of the Bank of Mum and Dad.

The importance of protection

What would you do if you suddenly lost the income that pays for your child-related expenses?
• protect your earnings: income protection gives the assurance that you and your children will be provided for if you can’t work because of an accident or sickness
• protect your health: critical illness cover pays out a tax-free lump sum on the diagnosis of certain life-threatening or debilitating conditions, like cancer, heart attack or stroke
• insure yourself: life insurance can provide a lump sum payment on death that can help those left behind continue raising the children

Talk to us about protecting yourself, your income and your family both now and in the future.