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A sporting chance

A sporting chance

A sporting chance

Are you one of the one in three parents who worry about the risk of serious injury from school sports?

Research from MetLife has found that one third of parents with school age children are concerned about serious injuries from sport – and there could be real reasons to be worried.

The research shows that:
• around 17% of parents have had to take children to Accident & Emergency units in the past five years because of injuries sustained while playing sport at school
• nearly a six have had to visit GPs for advice on sports injuries
• over 30% of parents have had to seek medical or dental treatment for children due to school sports injuries in the past five years

Parents are also becoming increasingly keen to see action from schools and sports bodies to help reduce the risk of injury:
• one in five say they would be happy to back a ban on full contact rugby in schools
• more than a third want better recording of injuries suffered as a result of school sports
• 40% want children to be able to opt out of rugby one third would support opt-outs for hockey and football

Should contact sports be banned?
The benefits that playing sport brings to children are huge. Aside from the enjoyment, it improves physical fitness and health and builds self-confidence. However, it is clear that a substantial number of parents are worried about the risk of serious injury.

The Sport Collision Injury Collective, a group of doctors, academics, sports scholars and health professionals, have called for a ban on tackling in school rugby matches. These calls may be controversial and many will argue that playing contact sports is a great way to develop team work and a broader set of skills. No doubt the debate will continue.

School sports aren’t the only culprit though. MetLife reports that over two-thirds of claims on their accident and hospital cover policy are for broken bones – mostly caused by kids just being kids. With the summer holidays around the corner, children are likely to spend more time outside playing with friends and taking part in summer activities and sports clubs.

Although we can’t wrap our children in cotton wool, we can take preventative measures and give them the tools they need to avoid unnecessary risks, as well as putting protection in place in the event an accident does happen.

If you’d like information or advice about accident protection cover, please get in touch

downsizing your home

Financial scams target the over 45s

Financial scams target the over 45s

The rise in technology has caused more than 1 million over-45 year olds to fall victim to online scams and left one in five feeling vulnerable.

Research by Aviva has shown that 70% of people aged 45-64 interviewed as part of this research are willing to embrace new technology, including devices, software and apps. But these ‘tech adopters’ are an increasing target for online scammers.

Even with this willingness to adopt new technology, only a quarter of 45s–65 year olds have no concerns when using technology, and falling to 18% for over-75s. So, with most 45s-65s having concerns, is there any wonder why so many have been affected by online scams?

Fears when using technology
Over-45s have described the biggest fears they have when they use technology as getting a computer virus, and being scammed or hacked.

The most common way people are scammed is through email or over the phone, and seven in ten (71%) of people aged 45-64 say they have been targeted with emails, rising to 75% of 65-74 year olds and again to 76% for over 75s. Over 75s are twice as likely (8%) to become a victim of an email scam compared with the lower 4% of 65-74 year olds.

There is a large portion (66%) of people in or going into retirement who have many concerns relating to being hacked, this will be worsened by the increase on media coverage of large company hackings being publicised.

It pays to stop and think
The Financial Fraud Action UK Take Five campaign recommends five ways to fight financial fraud:
1. Never disclose security details
2. Don’t assume an email, text or phone call is genuine
3. Don’t be rushed
4. Listen to your instincts
5. Stay in control

To find out more about the campaign and how to stay safe in a digital world visit takefive-stopfraud.org.uk

Business Protection

Surviving the loss of a key person

Surviving the loss of a key person

If something happened to you, your co-owners or employees, could your business survive?

According to research by Legal and General, if a business suffered the loss of a key person:
• 40% of businesses would cease trading in less than a year of the death or serious illness of a key person
• 63% of sole traders would cease to trade immediately
• 46% of new businesses (less than two years old) would cease to trade immediately

The loss of a key person within a small or medium-sized business can cause unexpected costs and disruption. Not only would the business have to fund the cost of recruiting and training a replacement, but it would also risk suffering from a:
• loss of profits
• loss of important business contacts
• loss of knowledge and expertise
• Customers and suppliers losing confidence in the business

 

Business protection insurance can help mitigate or even avoid these risks altogether
As a business owner, you should know there are three main types of business protection: Key Person Insurance, Shareholder Protection Insurance and Business Loan Protection.
• Key Person Insurance – provides a lump sum to the business on the death of an important member of the business.
• Shareholder Protection Insurance – provides a lump sum that will allow remaining shareholders to buy the shares of a deceased shareholder.
• Business Loan Protection – provides a lump sum to help a business pay any outstanding business loans.

Deciding on the right type of cover depends on the circumstances involved and the events the business wants to insure the key person against.

People are the biggest asset to any business and Business Protection Insurance is designed to keep your business trading should the worst happen.

For further information or advice on setting up a business protection policy please get in touch.

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Do you run your own business?

Do you run your own business?

If you do, you probably have one or more key employees that are integral to its success. They may even possess the skills, knowledge, experience or leadership that makes a vital difference to your bottom line.

But have you considered what would happen if they suddenly died, or suffered a critical illness that forced them to be absent from work for a long period of time? If the unexpected happened, it could pose a serious risk to your business, so make sure you have the relevant safety nets in place to avoid any financial difficulty.

Protect the most important assets
You may have covered the tangible assets of your business, but have you protected the most important assets: the people that directly contribute to your profits?

Key Person Protection is a simple way for you to insure your business against the losses you might suffer as a result of the death or critical illness of a key individual.

To find out more about our full range of Business Protection products, please get in touch.

Savings

Achieving your financial goals

Achieving your financial goals

We lead complex lives in an increasingly complex world. As your financial adviser we can help you better understand your financial challenges, goals and needs, and help you find appropriate ways to meet them.

Even a seemingly straightforward financial goal can involve numerous decisions and a lot of time and effort getting it right. Whether it’s buying a home, investing for the future or protecting the people and things you cherish, we’re here to help you make the right choices for your needs. Here are some of the services we provide, which our clients have told us they value the most.

Mortgages
With so many mortgage lenders offering products on the high street and online, it can be tempting to cut out the middle man. But when you’re making such a huge financial commitment, professional guidance can be invaluable, particularly if your needs are out of the ordinary. As well as arranging your mortgage we can also recommend specialist professional services that can help with other elements of your home-buying process, including solicitors and surveyors.

Protection
When using comparison sites and direct insurers, how can you be sure their “off-the-peg” solutions meet your specific needs? Using our expert product knowledge we can help you find the right solution for you. Whatever your particular need – be it income, family, mortgage or business protection – we can access high quality products from a range of handpicked providers; providers we have selected because they are proud to stand behind claims when it matters the most.

Investment planning
As well as your pension, you may have opportunities to invest lump sums – such as an inheritance or bonus – but are unsure about what strategy is best. As with all areas of financial planning, it pays to have a clear objective or vision. We can talk you through the important things to consider and help you create a balanced and diversified portfolio, taking into account your financial goals, attitude to risk, and any appropriate tax planning.

Retirement planning
The onus to create a comfortable retirement is falling increasingly on the individual, and the new pension regulations, whilst bringing welcome freedoms, introduce additional complexity to your at-retirement choices.

The right financial plan could help secure a more comfortable retirement – not just for you, but also for your loved ones and heirs. We can help you navigate the complexities of the new rules. Knowing what can be achieved and establishing the right strategy as early as possible can help you prepare for the future.

Inheritance planning
Passing our hard-earned wealth to loved ones often forms a big part of our ambitions. The right forward planning can help you maximise your heirs’ inheritance by minimising tax liabilities. We can help you put the right structures in place.

Of course, your needs in any and all of these areas will change over time, and regulatory changes can impact the effectiveness of any structures already in place, so we recommend a regular review to ensure that your plans remain on track and relevant.

HM Revenue and Customs practice and the law relating to taxation are complex and subject to individual circumstances and changes which cannot be foreseen.

The value of investments and any income from them can fall as well as rise. You may not get back the amount originally invested.

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Your home/property may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage

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Financial back pains

Financial back pains

Back pain is a common problem that affects most of us at some point. In 2014/15 9.5 million working days were lost due to musculoskeletal disorders including back pain. To put that figure in perspective that’s just over 26,000 years of lost productivity. In some cases the back problem will be temporary and the sufferer will recover and return to work, but conditions vary enormously in their severity and can occur at any time.

Preventing back pain

How you sit, stand, lie and lift can all affect your back. When you think about how much time the average person spends sat at a computer, it’s important to be aware of your posture in order to help prevent injuries.

One of the biggest causes of back injury, particularly at work, is lifting or handling objects incorrectly. When moving an object at work or home you should:

  • think before you lift
  • start in a good position
  • keep the load close to your waist
  • avoid twisting your back or leaning sideways, particularly when your back is bent
  • keep your head up
  • know your limits
  • push rather than pull
  • distribute the weight evenly

From spinal surgery to physiotherapy or joining a gym, the treatments are many and varied. Exercise is an excellent way of reducing the chances of suffering from back pain and walking, swimming, yoga or pilates can all help to improve flexibility and strengthen the back muscles. That said, we are all still susceptible.

What if you do slip a disc?

Being off work with a bad back could wreck your financial plans, so it’s important to have adequate income protection in place. This replaces a proportion of your income if you are off work and can help to relieve the pressure on you and your family so that you can concentrate on recovery rather than worry about the next bill.

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sports-insurance

School sports day..

School sports day..

Are you one of the one in three parents who worry about the risk of serious injury from school sports? New research from MetLife has found one third of parents with school age children are concerned about serious injuries from sport – and there are real reasons to be worried.

The research shows in the past five years:
  • around 17% of parents have had to take a child to Accident & Emergency units because of injuries sustained whilst playing sport at school
  • one in six have had to visit GPs for advice on sports injuries one third of parents have had to seek medical or dental treatment for children due to school sports injuries.

Parents are also becoming increasingly keen to see action from schools and sports bodies to help reduce the risk of injury:

  • one in five say they would be happy to back a ban on full contact rugby in schools
  • over one third want better recording of injuries suffered as a result of school sports
  • 40% want children to be able to opt out of rugby
  • one third would support opt-outs for hockey and football
Should contact sports be banned?

The benefits to children of playing sport are huge. Aside from enjoyment, it improves physical fitness and health, and builds self confidence. However, it is clear that a substantial number of parents are worried about the risk of serious injury.

The Sport Collision Injury Collective, a group of doctors, academics, sports scholars and health professionals, have called for a ban on tackling in rugby. These calls may be controversial and many will argue that playing contact sports is a great way to develop team work and a broader set of skills.

School sports aren’t the only culprit either. MetLife reports over two-thirds of their claims relating to children on their accident and hospital cover policy are for broken bones. With the summer holidays around the corner, children are likely to be outside playing with friends and taking part in summer activities and sports clubs.

Although we can’t wrap our children in cotton wool, we can take preventative measures and give them the tools they need to avoid unnecessary risks, as well as putting protection in place in the event an accident does happen.

If you’d like information or advice about accident protection cover, please get in touch

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The risks of being underinsured..

The risks of being underinsured..

Most of us wouldn’t think twice about protecting our home, car, TV or smart phone – we even insure our holidays and pets. But there’s one aspect of protection that too few of us consider – what happens to our homes and our livelihoods in the event we have an accident, serious illness or die?

What’s your greatest financial asset?

What would you say if you were asked what’s your greatest asset? Your home? After all, it is one of the biggest financial commitments we undertake. Think again. If you calculate how much income you’ll receive between now and retirement, the reality is that your income is your greatest asset. So have you protected it in the same way you’ve protected your home?

New research suggests in most cases the answer is no, with 64% of households surveyed having no income protection in place. And this is despite nearly half of co-habiting couples in the UK claiming they are reliant on both salaries just to make ends meet. In fact, 34% admitted they would have to make substantial changes to their lifestyle if one partner was unable to work:

59% would have to cancel holiday plans

21% would cancel gym memberships

10% would ask family for additional help with childcare

13% would have to make a drastic change such as downsizing their house

More shockingly around 12% would have to visit food banks just to keep food on the table.

Protecting your income

Every year almost a million people find themselves unable to work due to an accident or illness. Taking out income protection provides you with a tax-free income if you’re sick or injured and unable to work. It could help you pay your mortgage/rent, utilities bills or even any medical bills you may incur.

Protecting against the unexpected

While losing your income could put you and your family in a difficult situation, what if you or your partner were diagnosed with a critical illness? The last thing you’d want to worry about would be your finances, especially as a study by Macmillan Cancer Support shows that the average family of someone receiving treatment for cancer has a monthly shortfall of £200 – even if they slash their spending to the essentials.

80% of us consider broadband to be essential, but less than 39% think that financial security for dependants in the event of a critical illness is. Critical illness cover or life insurance may not sound like priorities for you, but the financial buffer they can provide at such a difficult time could be invaluable. There are a number of affordable protection products that give you financial peace of mind in the event of accident, injury, or worse.

Talk to us about protection insurance tailored for your circumstances