Do’s And Dont’s Of A Happy Retirement Planning

Retirement planning is all about ensuring that one is reaping the benefits of working hard during their younger years. It means that one is able to live a life of dignity and respect, that one is able to do things in their final leg of life that they just did not have the time to do.

Despite retirement being an inevitable phase of life, many of us don’t prepare for it. We tend to overestimate the time available to us to plan for our retirement. So, when retirement is actually around the corner, most of us are underprepared. This results in either working for more years than we actually planned on working and/or compromising on the quality of our retirement life.

This is validated by data that we currently have. In the UAE, a survey led by HSBC found out that only 44% of UAE citizens feel that they will be comfortable after retirement. 63% of them responded they plan to work even after retirement to some extent.

In this guide, let us walk you through the do’s and don’ts of retirement planning in Dubai and why it’s imperative that you have a plan in place.

The do’s of Retirement planning

1.      Decide what kind of retirement you wish to have

Setting clear goals is the first and foremost thing one should do. These goals will be unique to each and every person based on their current lifestyle and what is it they envision for their future. So ask yourself questions about which part of the world do you want to retire in; where is it that you want to retire: your home or a retirement home; how much do you want to travel; what are the kind of things you would do with your time etc. While you may not have exact answers to these questions now, starting to think about them will help one to start visualizing your golden years.

2.      Decide how much money you would need

Once you have defined clear goals, one can do the number crunching on what kind of money is required to achieve that life you have envisioned for yourself. While you are calculating the total costs, do not forget to factor in inflation. Having goals along with knowing how much money is required to achieve those goals will help make retirement planning easy, and moreover, predictable.

3.      Start investing early

The sooner you start putting money aside towards your retirement, the higher the likelihood that one will be able to achieve their retirement goals. Time is a wonderful thing that helps even small amounts of money compound into large sums of money over a period of time. The later you start, the more the amount of money is required to be put aside to achieve your monetary goals, if you don’t want to compromise on your dreams.

The don’ts of Retirement planning

The don’ts of retirement planning is all about staying away from financial decisions that will hurt your retirement savings. We will discuss the key points below.

1.      Don’t be overconfident in your earnings

Being overconfident in your earnings is a very easy mistake to make. Economic cycles go up and down and along with that one’s ability to earn. So saving up for the rainy day is very important so that you don’t dip into your retirement savings. In addition, there is a common misconception that the more you earn, the more you save, but that is rarely the case. We raise our standards of living along with our earnings which means that our savings remain stagnant and don’t necessarily rise with our earnings. So always keep an eye on how much you earn and how much you save. If you earn more, make sure to save more.

2.      Don’t overspend

Overspending can burn a hole right through your savings in no time. In other words, don’t put want ahead of needs. Make sure you are spending within limits and not getting into the vicious cycle of debt.

3.      And did we already mention, don’t wait for the last moment?

Time is money. Don’t wait for the last moment, start planning for your retirement today.

The golden years await…

Retirement planning is not something that can be done in a day or two. It takes years of planning and saving. But the result is totally worth it. And getting the right guidance at the right time is very important.

New Age Insurance Brokers can help you in that regard. We have one of the largest portfolios of retirement plans from various companies. The experts at New Age Insurance Brokers will help you find retirement plans suited to your requirements. Contact us today to know more!

 

Why You Should Review Your Insurance Annually

We all know the importance of insurance coverage on the various assets we possess ranging from our houses to the automobiles that we use to travel. Insurance coverage is taken on your life, family, education, and whatnot. All of this is because of the fact that we do not want to end up without it when something bad befalls us.

But insurance coverage isn’t a once in a blue moon thing that you can avoid caring as soon as you opt for one. Just like the frequent assessments that you conduct for all your possessions, insurance to needs to be reviewed at regular intervals. And you don’t have spent days on it, just a few hours once in a year will do!

Now let us delve into why an individual or an enterprise should revise their insurances annually.

To review the changes in circumstances
One of the prime reasons why one needs to review their insurances frequently is to inform the insurance company about the changes that you and your condition or the objects that you have insured have undergone during that time period. It can be anything from an upgrade on the value of the assets to the addition of a new driver into the clause. Adding this new information into the insurance clauses can ensure that your insurance holds good when the need arises and saves you from the headaches of claims not being paid out in case the necessary details were not furnished in a timely manner.

To avail any discounts or other offers
This is one of the best reasons why you should review your insurances annually. Over time, there might be discounts and bonuses that these insurance companies provide their customers with. Being updated about these benefits at the necessary times can be used to plan your insuring of assets wisely and lead to saving more money.

Discounts and offers include special rates for existing customers, lower rates for insuring more than one automobile with the same insurance provider, the status of usage of an automobile that you have insured and so on. Don’t let these opportunities to miss through your fingers due to negligence.

To notice the surge in insurance premiums
Most of the customers might have programmed their insurance such a way that it is deducted from their bank accounts at the required intervals. For the same reason, they fail to notice the surge in prices that have been affecting their insurance policies.

The increase in prices can be because of many reasons like the increase in government taxation which are legitimate as opposed to the totally ridiculous reasons some providers have for the increase in its policy premiums. So the timely review of the insurances can make the customer more aware of the current rates.

To ensure the status, relevance, and performance of the policy
Some policies get outdated over time in terms of the coverage they provide and the various exclusions in a policy. The conditions and clauses change and the policy that once suited you and your assets may not be the ideal option to cover it. In such cases, one must go through the current policy and contact the provider to discuss new policies/clauses that have come up and can be beneficially added to the insurance policy. Any policy or clause that is not beneficial must be revoked and a new one must be adopted.

To ensure the best life insurance policy
Unlike other policies, one of the policies that customer needs to check and review frequently is the life insurance policy. Life, as we know, undergoes constant changes and so should the policy that covers it. Marital status, a new member is born, the health status of the insured, current occupation and so many other life situations have a say in the type or amount of insurance one must choose to cover their lives.

Bottom line…
Taking care of all these facts and the timely review of the insurances will give you the peace of mind you expects when you sign up for an insurance policy. As the saying goes it is always better to be cautious and be happy than lament about missed opportunities.

There is no need to panic if you haven’t gone through your insurance policies in a while, we are here to help you out. Contact New Age, the leading Insurance Brokers in Dubai to know how you can improve your existing plans or choose the best one if you haven’t already! Our experts are here to help!

5 Ways in Which Car Insurance Companies Can Deny Your Claim

Car insurance in UAE is mandatory for anyone who owns a car and it is an offense to drive without it. Basically, car insurance provides financial support to the policyholder in case of an accident. And the process of getting the insurance money in such a situation is called claiming the insurance.

Sometimes, when a person tries to claim the insurance, the insurance company may deny the claim, leaving the policyholder with the burden of paying for the damages out of their own pockets. The sad truth is that the policyholder will know that their claim will be denied only after filing for it, making their situation bad to worse.

So let’s see the ways in which insurance companies deny the claim of the policyholder when it comes to car insurance so that it does not happen to you.

Know What the Policy Covers

It is too common to see that people are more focused on the price of the policy rather than what the policy covers. There are two main types of motor insurance policies here in the U.A.E: Third Party Liability plans and Comprehensive Insurance plans. Comprehensive car insurance policies provide bumper to bumper insurance for the car of the policyholder and also covers the driver and passengers in case of an incident. Third Party Liability plans, as the name suggests, does not provide insurance coverage to one’s own car but protects the car and property of those affected by an accident in which your car is involved. So, if you have a third-party insurance policy, you will not be eligible to claim for damage to your own vehicle in case of a known fault accident. However, the plus side is that these third-party insurance policies cost less than comprehensive policies.

So, the best practice is to always inquire about what the policy covers and what it doesn’t before you put down your money on one. Otherwise, your claim can be rejected when you bring it up for compensation.

The Credibility of the Driver

Car insurance companies can deny the claim if the car was damaged when an unlicensed person was driving it. Driving without a license is considered a crime and can have serious fines and even imprisonment if caught. Hence, most of the insurance companies make it clear in their terms that the policy doesn’t apply when an unlicensed person is driving the vehicle.

So, in most cases, the policyholder might have to pay from their own pockets if the driver was not licensed. And this is an easy denial for the insurance company.

Do Not Take Too Long

After an accident has occurred, the police will be on scene and will hand you a report after studying the scene. This report must be filed with your insurance claim, but taking your own sweet time to do so might get you into trouble.

Insurance companies require that you raise the claim during the same policy period as that of your accident. If you fall out of that time frame and raise the claim after your policy has expired, then you might not be able to claim your insurance even though you had insurance at the time of the accident. So you need to make sure that you report the events to the insurance company without delay.

Break The Law and You Will Be Denied

If the damage on your vehicle happened as a result of you breaking the law, then the insurer will most likely deny your claim. For example, if you met with an accident while under the influence of drugs, then the insurer doesn’t have to take the liability since its already mentioned in their terms and conditions.

On top of that, causing damage to people or property as a result of breaking the law is a crime, and you may end up paying a hefty fine, or in the worst-case scenario, even imprisonment.

Conclusion

From what we have discussed, it’s clear that a claim will not be rejected by the Car insurance company without valid reasons. They are there to help you when you need money the most, and with the right approach, it is always a win-win scenario!

7 Home Insurance Tips in UAE That You Should Definitely Know!

Buying a house is certainly a huge milestone in one’s life. This place is now going to be the foundation of your family’s future where memories will be made and cherished. So it’s natural that you want to protect it in any way that you can. And this is the reason why more and more homeowners are gravitating towards Home insurance in Dubai.

However, Home insurance comes in many shapes and form with different benefits offered by different insurance companies. So choosing the right insurance policy is easier said than done, and most of the time, we see people either over-buying their insurance covers or undercutting the bare minimum level.

What is Home Insurance?

Home insurance is a type of property insurance where the policyholder will be covered for damages and losses that may happen to their house. The insurance basically covers internal and external damages, and in some cases, even covers for the loss of personal items.

Let’s now jump into how you can choose the best insurance policy to suit your specific needs.

Keep the valuation real and accurate

We sometimes see that the actual value of the house and its possessions is different than what they are under one’s home insurance policy. And this is a problem when it comes to opting for home insurance because the premiums that you will have to pay will depend on the valuation of the house. If you over-estimate your home, then you will be paying higher premiums that you want to, and if you undervalue your home, then in case of any adverse events like a fire breakout or water damage, the compensation that you are going to get from the insurance company will be less than what you need.

Don’t include the price of land

When you are evaluating the price of your house and everything within it, many make the mistake of adding the cost of the land it is sitting on. However, you must not factor in the price of the land when evaluating the price of your home. This will result in over-estimating and will cost you a ton in the form of insurance premiums.
Make sure to not include land as a factor when estimating the price of your home.

Pay attention to the policy details

While reviewing your home insurance, make sure that you peruse through each line. Sometimes, a line means one thing to you but in actuality means something different.
For example, a line like “all household goods located contained by your premises will be covered” might make you think that all the goods within your house might be included under the cover. However, the term “Household goods” most commonly leave out electronic devices from the mix. So asking questions and raising doubts is a good thing when you are looking for home insurance in UAE.

Home Contents Cover Vs. Personal Possessions Cover

Another area that you have to pay attention is in the insurance covers themselves as they can get confusing at times and lead you to make an error in judgment. And two of the most confusing home insurance covers are Home Contents Cover Vs. Personal Possessions Cover.
Home Contents Cover insures for the articles of value that are present in your home against damages. They are supposed to be a part of the home at all times.
Personal Possessions Cover insures for the articles of values that the homeowners carry with them against damages, as well as theft. For example, the smartphone that you carry with yourself every day comes under personal possessions cover.
Personal Possessions Cover is costlier than Home Contents Cover. So, ensuring a laptop that you only use indoors in a Personal Possessions Cover will cost you more without any benefit. Carefully review the guidelines of home insurance covers to see if they may or may not come to you of use in the future.

Use discounts & offers

This is one of the most underrated tips out there as people do not think of special discounts when choosing a home insurance plan.
UAE has more than 50 licensed insurance companies and this means options for the customer. The competition between these companies is also a great thing for the customers. Many insurance companies do put out special offers and discounts for a limited amount of time.
When you own a house with a quite an expensive valuation, shaving off a few percentages here and there can lead to a whole lot of difference in the final price tag. The best way to know about these offers and discounts is to ask your broker.

So, let’s get going?

At New Age Insurance Brokers, we take the time to understand what you want to insure and shop the market so that we can get you the best coverage at the best rate possible from best insurance companies in UAE.

(Almost) Everything You Need to Know About the Various “Riders” on Life Insurance Policies

Life Insurance

So, you have decided on getting life insurance for your loved ones. Fantastic!  Now it is time to get into the details and learn about “Riders.”

Riders are optional add-on coverages that you can tag on to your basic life insurance policy. Riders bring customizability to the world of insurance policies. With Riders, you can tailor the insurance policy to meet your specific needs. You can add certain benefits or limit certain aspects of your insurance policy and they only cost a fraction of the life insurance policy.

Like life insurance policies themselves, the Riders and their associated perks differ from insurer to insurer. Hence, it is always advisable to study the specific Riders offered by various insurance providers before committing to any.

Most Popular Life Insurance Riders

Now we come to the most important bit where we will discuss the different Riders that one can choose from depending on one’s needs:

Critical Illness Rider: This is one of the most sought-after benefit as lifestyle diseases are on the rise. This rider provides monetary support in case the policyholder is diagnosed with one of the listed critical illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, heart disease, cancer etc. A lump sum, as per the policy, will be granted to the policyholder regardless of the total amount required for the treatment.

Hospitalization Benefit: This Rider provides for medical and non-medical expenses for the policyholder in the event of hospitalization. A fixed benefit on a per diem basis will be issued by the insurance company. Most insurance companies typically require a minimum number of days at the hospital before this benefit kicks in.

Term Conversion Rider: Normally, Term life insurance policy only covers for a limited amount of time, ranging from 10 to 30 years. However, when the policyholder goes to get another policy, the holder may not get the same coverage benefits that they had. This arises due to the fact that the medical checkup may not make the policyholder eligible for the same benefits that they had while they were 10 or 30 years younger. Term conversion rider helps the policyholder to convert existing term life insurance to permanent life insurance without requiring a medical exam.

Permanent and Total Disability benefit: This is a living benefit wherein if an insured becomes permanently totally disabled, a lump sum is paid out to the policy holder. This benefit helps the family to cover the loss of income and bear the necessary expenses that comes with a disability. The life cover sum will not be reduced if a valid claim for PTD is presented.

Accelerated Death Benefit Rider: This rider provides a portion of the death benefit coverage for the medical bills of the policyholder if s/he is diagnosed with a terminal illness. This is very helpful for covering immediate medical bills and enabling the insured to live his or her last days with dignity.

Family Benefit Income Rider: In addition to the lump-sum an insurance policy provides to the insured’s beneficiary, this Rider provides the family of the policyholder with regular monthly income after the death of the policyholder for a certain pre-determined period of time.

Waiver of Premium Benefit: This rider helps with writing off future premiums of a policyholder if they are totally incapacitated due to a terminal illness or accident as stated within the policy conditions. The policy will continue without requiring premiums to be paid by the policyholder or policy owner.

Dismemberment Benefit: Provides the policyholder with a lump sum if they suffer a loss of limb or sight due to an accident, as stated within the policy conditions.

What riders should you pick?!

Riders are a great way to get additional benefits from a life insurance policy without having to pay the hefty premiums for stand-alone policies covering those same benefits. However, not all riders are for everyone.

Experts from New Age Insurance Brokers are here to guide you through the entire process. We partner with all major life insurance companies in Dubai to provide the right cover for you. Contact us at +971 4 3573378 or email us at info@newageib.com to know more.