Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Introducer Agreement with Which? Legal Services

We have been trying to think of how to offer our client’s value added services.
We have also been considering ways in which we can differentiate our business when compared to similar Financial Service companies.
Which? is  the UK’s most recognisable Consumer Champion’s brand and we are pleased to have an agreement with Which? to offer our client’s discount codes for those considering making a Will.

The Principles of Treating Customers Fairly Re: Personal Finance

Specifically Treating Customers Fairly (TCF) aims to:

Help customers fully understand the features, benefits, risks and costs of the financial products they buy minimise the sale of unsuitable products by encouraging best practice before, during and after a sale.

Desired consumer outcomes of TCF The FCA has outlined six core consumer outcomes that it wishes to see as a result of the TCF initiative. These are: 

Outcome 1 - Consumers can be confident that they are dealing with firms where the fair treatment of customers is central to the corporate culture

Outcome 2 - Products and services marketed and sold in the retail market are designed to meet the needs of identified consumer groups and are targeted accordingly

Outcome 3 - Consumers are provided with clear information and kept appropriately informed before, during and after the point of sale

Outcome 4 - Where consumers receive advice, the advice is suitable and takes account of their circumstances

Outcome 5 - Consumers are provided with products that perform as firms have led them to expect, and the associated service is of an acceptable standard and as they have been led to expect

Outcome 6 - Consumers do not face unreasonable post-sale barriers imposed by firms to change product, switch provider, submit a claim or make a complaint


Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Differences between LTA and DTA (Discuss)

Questions I often get asked is what are the similarities between level term insurance and decreasing term insurance and what are the differences.
Life Assurance
They are both types of life assurance and they both payout a lump-sum if you were to die during the term of the policy. The main difference between the two is that level term insurance remains (as the title suggest) level so if you are insured for a £100,000 pounds for 20 years the policy would payout £100,000 pounds should you die at any time during the 20 years. 
The decreasing term insurance (as the name decreasing might suggest) decreases over time so if you started off with £100,000 pounds over 20 years with full cover on day 1, by the end of the term the policy that would be reduced down to zero.
The main usage for decreasing term insurance is to protect a payment of a repayment mortgage (capital and Interest). That is the type of mortgage where you pay some capital and some interest each month so by the end of the term you owe nothing. So your life insurance needs to mirror that repayment schedule of your mortgage loan.
One positive about decreasing term insurance is the premiums are lower because as you get older and your chance of dying gets higher the level of cover reduces so the premium is lower.
So, to recap, Level Term Assurance remains the same sum assured throughout the policy term and is generally used to provide life cover to pay a lump sum to your beneficiaries should you die (family insurance cover). Decreasing Term Assurance is generally used to cover a loan such as a mortgage. Level is more expensive than decreasing.

Whole Life Plans for Funeral and Estate Planning

When most people think of traditional life insurance they think of term life insurance.
Term life insurance policy span a set number of years during which the insured party pays a fixed premium based on his or her age, current state of health and pay out an amount of the policy.
The alternative to this type of term life insurance is whole of life insurance (WOL). A whole of life insurance policy covers the insured party from the day of the policy begins until his or her death paying out a guaranteed sum of money to the policy holders beneficiaries. As such this type of WOL policy is often used for Funeral Plans and Estate Planning.
Whole of Life plans funerals and estate planning
A portion of whole of life insurance premiums are invested by the insurer with any earnings intended to help offset the rise and costs of insuring the policy holder. Here at Belgravia Capital Insurance we recognize that making an informed life insurance decision requires having all of the available information and the ins and outs of whole of life insurance can seem complicated.
By breaking whole of life cover down to its basic components we hope to help you decide if whole of life is the right life insurance for you. We specialize in helping our clients find the right life insurance.
When you are ready to begin your search for the whole of life insurance that is right for you we are ready to help you find the perfect policy for your lifestyle and your family. In connection with our advised Whole of Life plans our clients can also enjoy a fantastic discount, from one of our partners,to produce a Last Will and Testament.For further info http://belcapinsurance.co.uk/rewards/

Income Protection Plans (IPI)

If you couldn't work because of a long term illness have you thought about what you would live on? State benefits are not a real long-term solution (assuming you qualify in the first place). But you can buy an insurance policy that will pay a percentage of your income if you are off work due to illness and it is called income protection.
Income Protection Plans can offer you great benefits when they are really needed.
Income Protection Plans can offer you great benefits when they are really needed.
So what would you look for? Well the first thing is to look for guaranteed premiums. Now these are premiums that are guaranteed not to rise during the term of the policy and without guaranteed premiums the insurer can increase the premiums and the rise maybe quite substantial. Policies that have potential to change monthly costs are known as Renewable premiums
Guaranteed premiums may be more expensive in the early days but are very likely to save money in the long term. You should also check what you have to do in order to make a claim.
Obviously, an acceptable budget will play a major part of any advice process.
Some policies will pay out if you are unable do your own job or a similar one and these are the best kinds of policies to have, others will only payout if you fail a series of tests designed to assess what you can do and in some cases you have to be very ill indeed to trigger a payout.
Before you buy a policy you should check and see if you can get income protection through your work as part of your employee benefits. However, with employee benefits there is usually a maximum time that you could rely on receiving the benefits. Check and double check what your employer offers. It goes without saying you should take advice from a professional broker unless you know exactly what you want.