Why use an Insurance Broker?

Why use an insurance broker to obtain your General insurance?

Well an insurance broker is able to save you not only time, but also money. They can take the worry away because you are getting advice from an experienced expert which in a way gives you additional protection. They owe a professional duty to you just like an accountant or lawyer who provides you with professional advice. A qualified Insurance Broker usually will have years of training and experience and is also able to give you true professional advice.

When arranging insurance, many people just do not understand everything that is needed to make sure the right protection is in place. Many will take shortcuts without seeking proper advice. They often not only do not understand the fine print or even skip it because it is simply uninteresting. So they would not even know if they are getting value for money. Then at Claim time they can be quite disappointed when their insurance doesn't come to the rescue.

Direct Insurers generally will not give personal advice. They are selling one product, their own, so they will at best tell you why it is the best, but they will not tell you when it is not as good as another. An Insurance Broker will.

Then when it is Claim time, you are at the Insurer’s mercy. With an Insurance Broker on your side, they can assist in negotiating and settling any claim as they understand how the Insurance Policy is intended to work.

Despite the Federal Government’s best efforts to protect the consumer better with the Financial Services Reform Act, it has instead driven a clear divide between those providing personal advice and those that do not particularly on home or car insurance. Direct Insurers have improved margins by reducing paperwork that normally comes with Personal Advice. Insurance Brokers simply cannot compete when it is only price driven. Their advice, expertise and assistance is factored into all types of Insurance and this does come at a cost.

The best example of this are the recent flood claims many people sought to make on their Householders Insurance policies only finding out then they did not have this cover. The onus was on the Householder to ask questions of the Call centre staff about what was covered in their policy. Instead they were sent a 40 page Product Disclosure statement and asked to work it out for themselves. An Insurance Broker takes care of this for you.

With business insurance, brokers provide advice and assistance to make sure you are properly protected. Skill and knowledge is needed to advise a client on what their risks are and how they can be protected.

 Using a broker doesn't necessarily cost more. Often it costs less because brokers have knowledge of the insurance market and the ability to negotiate competitive premiums on your behalf. A broker will also explain your policy and any special issues you need to watch out for. Furthermore, a broker will advise you of any additional fees charged for services provided to you.

 An insurance broker's foremost duty is to act in the client’s best interests. An insurance broker works for you. That's the reason to use an Insurance Broker, but call a good one.

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Latest News

Ransomware a threat

You sit down at your computer to check your email. It is Christmas time and you are getting notes from many different delivery companies saying that a package was unable to be delivered to your home. Please click on the reply button (link) to advise where or when the parcel can be redelivered.

It looks authentic, you have no reason to believe that it simply advice about collecting yet another parcel in time for Christmas. The company named is well known and reputable. Admittedly the email address looks a little strange. However, you also know there are many new domain names and extensions now, You click on the reply button…

Before you know it, your computer has downloaded a version of “Crypto-locker”. Your first thought is that expensive Anti-Virus software should have picked it up, but they can only pick up viruses they know about. This brand new release of “Crypto-locker has locked up your screen and is demanded $1,000 worth of “Bitcoin”. What the hell is Bitcoin?

The fact is Australian businesses are increasingly at risk of attack by malicious ransomware software. Hackers have moved on from targetting government and banks, and are now going after small targets on a wide scale.

They are setting small amounts because small business works out that it is cheaper to pay the Ransom than hire an IT expert to fix up the problem.

Ransomware is software that infects a user's computer or network, locking access to files until a sum of money is paid. Crypto-locker is an example.

For now, Cyber Risk Insurance is available and if your Insurance Broker or Adviser has not yet discussed this with you, then contact us.

This is a real threat to your business, can affect your income and Brand reputation. Just like other Liability policies, you should not take the risk un-insured because it can wreck a business.

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Above-average cyclone season looms

Insurers should brace for an above-average cyclone season due to weakening La Nina conditions in the Pacific Ocean and warmer than average sea temperatures to the north and east, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

The cyclone season begins next month and ends in April.

The bureau says Australia has a 67% chance of an above-average season, while the west has a 59% chance, the northwest 63%, the north 56% and the east 58%.

In neutral years the first tropical cyclone to make landfall typically occurs in late December, while in La Nina years it usually hits in the first week of December, the bureau says.

Insurance Council of Australia spokesman Campbell Fuller says even an average cyclone season – consisting of 11 events, four of which make landfall – can be devastating.

“An above-average year could bring many more than that, and each one has the potential to cause catastrophic damage if it crosses the coast in a heavily populated area,” he said.

As reported by insurancenews.com.au

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