Protecting your financial future isn't just about taking out insurance to protect you against life's risks. It's also about deciding how and where to put savings aside to protect the people and things that you love, and to ensure you're prepared financially if things don't go to plan. Our future-planning guide in Savings Strategies can help you.
Today, more of us are able to enjoy longer retirements than we planned, thanks to improved standards of living and better healthcare worldwide. That's why it's important to consider how to protect your financial future as soon as you can, and start putting savings aside for your retirement.
The longer you're able to save, the more comfortable your future will be, and the more effectively you can support family and loved ones. We discuss planning for your retirement in more detail in our guide to Healthy Financial Habits.
Choosing the right ways to protect your future financial health is a matter of personal choice. It will depend on a number of factors, including:
What's important to you (the people and things that you love)
Your relationship status
Your general health
We talk about how to protect your family and loved ones in our next article, but right now we'll look at some of the financial risks you might face and how to be prepared for them if they occur.
Here are two common ways that insurance can help:
Protecting your life
Life insurance can pay a lump sum to your dependents if you pass away. It can provide reassurance that your loved ones will be looked after, and better able to cope financially, once you're no longer there to provide for them.
Protecting your income and payments
If your income falls as a result of illness or injury, critical illness and income protection insurance can step in to replace some, or all, of the shortfall.
Before taking out an insurance policy to protect your financial future, it's worth reviewing whether you have any cover in place already. For example, you may find that your workplace benefits include some form of income protection insurance, or maybe it gives you special rates from certain providers. Your employer may also have an obligation to continue to pay you if you are unable to work through sickness.
Remember, too, that the government might also provide you with some degree of financial support if something goes wrong, although this may not include all the support you need. It might include:
Support or caring allowance
Healthcare costs or support
Unemployment allowance or benefits
Disability payment or support
Check out some of our protection solutions and see which ones are right for you. Find out more.
When it comes to protecting your loved ones' health and financial futures, you have options.
Familiarise yourself with the terms you may come across as you explore insurance options.
There are many things to consider while shopping for insurance. Take the time to evaluate before buying a policy.
Protecting your overall wellbeing is an important part of protecting yourself.