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Global Warming: Why Consumers and Insurers Are Getting Hot Under the Collar Over Life Insurance.
Global warming may have been lurking on our horizon for a number of years and historical records of terrorists have existed for thousands of years, but we are coming into a new age where we try and financially protect ourselves against such problems and if we're honest ? we're struggling.
The recent terrorism attacks in London brought home the fragility of human life to many Brits, who had previously been able to distance themselves from terrorist activity. For the partners and offspring of city workers, the fragility of their finances also became apparent with the potential loss of a loved one alongside the loss of future income and possibly the family home.
It is widely agreed that most life insurance policies should cover acts of terrorism, though most websites (including the Association of British Insurers) do state that you should always, always read the small print, as there may be insurer-specific exemption clauses. It will be interesting to see what effect terrorism has on life insurance applications and whether there's a rise in consumer interest as a result of terrorist attacks.
Certainly the indication so far is that life insurance applications will be treated quickly and sympathetically in the event of a terrorist attack, reiterated by the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and Ginger Applegarth of MSN Money who stated that for insurers "to back out of paying a claim now would be considered unpatriotic and a marketing disaster." In Applegarth's column, she includes an "insurance checklist" of the very basics that you have to do when making a life insurance claim. She also states that insurers paid out almost $3 billion after the September 11 attacks in 2001.
It isn't just your life insurance that can encompass a terrorism related clause. Travel insurance and property insurance can also contain terrorism related options. The website abi.org.uk states clearly that "household, buildings and contents policies include damage by fire, explosion or impact, whether caused accidentally, through the malicious act of an individual criminal or in an act of terrorism." The costs and extent of cover will vary, so shop around and read the terms and conditions very carefully.
Contamination cover is singled out by ABI as a contentious issue and apparently has been a standard exclusion on household policies since the 1960s, due the potential scale of claims, as many homes could be affected by a single incident.
Cover against terrorism is also available for businesses, typically as an extension to property cover. Commercial property terrorism cover is typically allocated on an "All Risk" capacity, encompassing biological, chemical, radiological and nuclear contamination, as well as interruption to the business. Commercial property cover does not include electronic or internet related risks or hoaxes.
Other life insurance exemptions may include lifelong illnesses such as diabetes and epilepsy. Lifestyle habits such as smoking may or may not invalidate a life insurance application, but they will make it more expensive. Always get your medical records assembled before you apply for life insurance, as this will save time and possibly money as well. Once this information is assembled, you can begin assembling some personal quotes through life insurance comparison sites such moneynet ( http://www.moneynet.co.uk/insurance/life-assurance/index.shtml ) or UpMyStreet ( http://www.upmystreet.com/UK/home-insurance/l/ ).
Rachel is a straight talking little lady who lives in the Scottish hills.
Rachel also writes for the personal finance blog Cashzilla: a wee bit of banter on finance related issues.
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Guide to Life Insurance
Here is a useful guide to life insurance. Simply put, a life insurance policy provides a lump sum payment upon death of the policy holder.
Life Insurance Careers
Do you like to spend all day being sitting around? Fixed income is good enough for you? Do you feel economic stability is not a priority right now?Well, if your answer to any of above questions is "Yes", you should accept the fact youhave a very high chance of being unsuccessful.But if, in the other hand, you are proactive, if you need to build a future for your family and yourself, establishing financial stability with a job that takes advantage of all your skills, then you should strongly consider a career in the life insurance world.
Self Employed Health Insurance - Tips For Getting Cheap Health Insurance When Youre Self Employed
If you're self-employed and facing high health insurance bills, there are a number of things you can do to make your health insurance premiums cheaper once you find a good health insurance plan. Some involve opting out of certain coverage, others mean increasing the amount you'll pay out of pocket for expenses.
Term Life Insurance on Your Business Partner
Life insurance is something we often take out to protect our family and our loved ones, but that's only one example of how life insurance can save us in unhappy circumstances. Businesses also need protection and those with partners realize that if a business partner were to pass away, the business itself could be jeopardized.
UK House Insurance - The Risk of Under-insurance
For many years in the UK, motor insurance has been a competitive marketplace. Consumers have been used to shooping around at renewal time with a host of direct companies available.
Guide to Home Insurance
Here is a useful guide to Home Insurance. Home insurance covers damage from incidents such as fire, theft, and vandalism to your house, usually adjacent structures like a garage or shed, and your personal belongings.
Choosing the Best Life Insurance Option for You
Life insurance in the UK is becoming more and more popular with many people now realizing the importance and the benefits of a good life insurance policy. There are two main types of popular life insurance, both of which offer a range of invaluable benefits to UK consumers.
An Intro To Life Insurance
There are many options available for life insurance, and for most people these options can be somewhat confusing. Below is a brief review of each type and some advantages and disadvantages of each.
Health Insurance And Insurance Brokers
If you are in the market to purchase your own health insurance coverage you can save yourself precious time and money by shopping and comparing policies right online. Sites dedicated to giving you quotes on various types of insurance make it very easy for you to get an idea of what your coverage and costs will be.
Life Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance is a legal contract between you and a life insurance company with the purpose of providing an income to spouse, children or other beneficiaries in the event of your death.There are two different categories of Life Insurance.
CarInsurance.com Is Available At All Dealerships With Internet Access!
You are ready to buy your first car. Researching the right vehicle can be a daunting task.
Everybody Wants The Best Term Life Insurance Quote
The information you need about the best term life insurance quote is only a click away when you search for term life insurance online. You don't even have to know anything about the insurance industry to get the best term life insurance quote from an online insurance company.
What Is Term Life Insurance?
There are two different types of life insurance, term life insurance and permanent life insurance. Term life insurance is the easier of the two plans.
Car Insurance Quotes Online - Why You Should Use the Internet to Find a New Insurance Company
Before the internet, you picked a neighborhood car insurance agent, and you stayed with the insurance company for years. Now car and truck drivers are finding reasons to shop online for their car insurance company.
Underinsurance Can Spell Disaster For Homeowners
Insurance is meant to give homeowners peace of mind, but an increasing number of policy holders are putting themselves at risk by neglecting to insure their home and contents adequately.There is often confusion over the difference between guaranteed and extended replacement value insurance.
Young Driver Car Insurance
It has become increasingly difficult to get young driver car insurance in the UK. The reason behind this is because the statistics for young drivers having a car accident are not very good.
Tips For Lowering Your Auto Insurance Quote
Do you have many claims? If so, you should do all you can to reduce them or even endeavor to file no claims at all. Why do I bring this issue up in an article about lowering your auto insurance quote? Because the number of claims is the single factor that to the highest degree influences the cost of your insurance premium.
Auto Insurance Basics
Most people only think that insurance is something they need so they can get their registration and tag so they can drive. It is something that they need because their license will be suspended if they don't get it.
Life Insurance Without Life Value: Why Young People Are Snubbing Financial Advice
This article is written by a 27 year old female (borderline Generation X / Y) called Rachel. Rachel spent six years at university, has no outstanding debts with the exception of government student loans.
Disability Insurance For The Long Term
Disability insurance covers you for an extended period of time. Should you be injured or take ill and as a result be unable to perform the duties of your employment, you will be covered under short term disability, then long term disability insurance will cover you.
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