Zurich Australia announces new Family Care Policy

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Zurich Australia has announced a new Family Care Policy that recognises all family circumstances and supports a fair, diverse and inclusive workplace. Acknowledging that every family is different, the new approach to Family Care will support every employee regardless of gender, gender identity or sexual orientation and enable everyone to take paid leave as they... Read more continue reading

Life settlements are resold insurance policies and can be understood as financing to individuals backed by that person’s life insurance policy

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“Be like water … If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup.” – Bruce Lee . While Bruce Lee is a strange source for fixed income strategies, his advice is apt for our low interest rates environment. Paraphrasing – “when rates are low, become the bank.” How so? Interest rates will continue... Read more continue reading

2020 vision: BlackRock report shows how an unprecedented year is creating lasting change for insurers

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Global senior insurance executives expect to see a significant shift in the industry as a result of a year that has seen them navigating uncharted waters, according to a new BlackRock research. The study captures the insights of 360 senior executives across 25 major insurance markets. In total, the participating companies represent investable assets of... Read more continue reading

The future of underwriting: adapting fairly in a new global environment

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Meeting community expectations is of the utmost importance for the life insurance industry, as it continues to experience significant and rapid change. As medical procedures and treatments continue to advance, we must continue to update insurance underwriting approaches guided by these new insights, and backed by evidence-based data. Underwriting is the first experience that customers... Read more continue reading

CPD: Halley’s Comet and Life Insurance economics 101

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Edmund Halley (1656 – 1742) was a remarkably talented man of science, who made important contributions to mathematics, physics, and of course, astronomy. A peer of Sir Isaac Newton (apple, gravity etc), Halley’s most public legacy is the comet named in his honour after he correctly predicted the frequency of its appearance (roughly every 75... Read more continue reading

Good insurance advice helps in your time of need

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A good Financial Adviser will devise a strategy that will protect you when you need help. Personal insurances recommended correctly will protect your most valuable asset – you and your ability to earn an income. In the past month, I helped a long-standing client to claim on a trauma (also known as critical illness) policy.... Read more continue reading

Access denied: regulatory disruption making it harder for Australians to obtain life insurance

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New research released by industry campaign Choice & Access to Life Insurance (CALI) warns that if governments and regulators fail to act, then underinsurance will continue to increase across parts of the community as access to advised life insurance becomes further limited. Middle to low income earners, who the research shows already to be underinsured,... Read more continue reading

CPD: Life Insurance 2030 – the products of the future

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Introduction Competitive forces within the Australian life insurance market have long underpinned a strong culture of innovation amongst insurers. Recognising an imperative to improve the way customers and financial advisers access – and engage with – life insurance, the last decade has seen extensive insurer investment across areas such as process automation, data analytics, and... Read more continue reading

In a bind? Traps in binder agreements

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Binder agreements are regularly entered into by insurance agents or brokers who are seeking to offer insurance on behalf of the insurer. A party that holds a binder will perform certain functions for and on behalf of the insurer including issuing policies and handling administration including variations, endorsements, cancellations, and claims. Beyond the operational considerations... Read more continue reading

CPD: Claims Advocacy – from ‘value add’ to core advice offering

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Introduction Compounding the impact of ongoing licensee consolidation and new professional development requirements, the LIF driven reshaping of adviser remuneration for life insurance advice – in the form of lower up-front commissions and higher renewal commissions – has left many advisers no choice but to rethink, and, in many cases, fine tune their business models.... Read more continue reading