In the current economic environment, the cost of day to day living continues to increase and we all need to regularly review our financial options.
Life Insurance Premiums:
Everybody dislikes paying premiums and the Life Insurance Tax Bill, which was passed by Parliament last year, is going to have an effect on the majority of NZ households who hold life policies.
In short there are proposed tax changes which will affect how life companies are taxed on their insurance products. Effective from 1 July 2010 all new life policies sold will be subject to these tax changes. Some companies have already started to increase premiums to make the change appear more seamless.
Existing “rate for age” or “annually reviewable” policies which are the most common products sold in the market will almost certainly have the increase applied and it is currently unclear on whether this will be applied immediately or grandfathered in over a period of five years so you need to keep abreast of the changes.
Sovereign had a great pre Christmas holiday competition for all their clients and I am delighted to say that a Thorners client took away the prize which consisted of an $8,000 holiday plus $2,000 spending money. The client plans to take their children on a Surfer’s getaway adventure and to then have an adult only Irish experience. Thank you to all of you who entered and congratulations to our winner.
I am available to discuss your insurance and investment needs in what is a difficult time for many of us at the moment so feel free to contact me if you have any questions. My personal email is email@example.com or phone 04 528 8088.
I look forward to hearing from you.