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Protecting your financial future

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 will help you.

Retirement planning

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.

How insurance can help to protect your financial future

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 age
  • your job
  • your relationship status
  • your general health

We consider specific ways to protect your family and loved ones in the next section, but it's important to consider the financial risks you might face and be prepared for them if they occur.

Here are two common ways that insurance can help:

  1. Protecting your life – Life insurance can pay a lump sum to your dependants 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.
  2. 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.

Are you covered already?

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 access to attractive rates negotiated with providers. Your employer may also have an obligation to continue to pay you if you are unable to work through sickness.


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