Are you prepared for a rainy day?

Harold Wilson once said: “I’m an optimist, but an optimist that carries a raincoat.” Planning for a financial rainy day is important for a number of reasons. Unexpected costs, as the name suggests, don’t give you a great deal of warning, and have a nasty habit of arriving at the most inconvenient of times. It doesn’t just apply to money that needs to be paid out, it can also come in the form of an illness or injury that causes a loss of income. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported in ...

Breast Cancer Awareness Month highlights the need for protection

pink ribbon, symbol of breast cancer awarenessNew research, to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, shows the importance of women ensuring they are financially protected. Figures from Breast Cancer Care, show that approximately 60,000 women are diagnosed with the disease each year in the UK. That’s the equivalent of one women every 10 minutes. Furthermore, breast cancer is the most common form of the disease with 1 in 8 women contracting it during their life. Improving survival rates Despite the prevalence of the disease, survival rates are improving, with 85% of women living longer than ...

Self-employed? Is your family exposed?

New research has shown that millions of self-employed people are leaving their families financially exposed. Over recent years, the number of people who are self-employed has increased significantly; with nearly five million of us working for ourselves (Source: ONS). But it seems most are making no provision should they be unable to work due to illness, a decision which could have catastrophic consequences for their loved ones. The research, from Scottish Widows, found that: Only 7% of self-employed people have Critical Illness Cover to protect them, and their family, if they become ...

Protection: Only 25% of families are covered if the worst happens

Only 25% of families are protected if the worst happensThe number of parents who have adequate protection should they die or become seriously ill is falling to dangerously low levels. Parents with dependent children have a number of options to ensure their family can cope financially in the event of serious illness or death; these include Life Cover, Critical Illness Cover and Income Replacement, also known as Permanent Health Insurance of PHI. However the research from Scottish Widows shows that the number of adults protecting their family is falling: Only 24% of adults ...