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Life insurance review

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01.Life insurance

Life insurance

If you have superannuation, you probably also have life insurance, unless you’ve actually specified that you don’t want the cover. 

It’s more important than ever to know how much you’re paying for life insurance and what you get in return, because insurance premiums for major industry super funds have gone up by around 40% this year. It’s a development that could take bite-sized chunks out of your retirement savings.

But even if you factor in the recent premium increases, life insurance with your super fund will still cost a good deal less than a standalone life insurance policy. 

Life insurance can pay off your mortgage, debts and other costs (such as funeral) and, more importantly, provide dependants with a lump sum. It can also ensure important goals are met, such as providing your children with a private school or tertiary education.

Rice Warner, an independent firm of actuarial and management consultants, cooperated with CHOICE on this report by giving us access to their comprehensive database for retail and superannuation term life insurance policies. Also read our article on income protection insurance.

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Brands reviewed

Term life insurance

  • AIA Australia
  • AMP - Elevate
  • AMP - FLP
  • Asgard
  • Asteron Life
  • BT
  • ClearView
  • CommInsure
  • Macquarie
  • Metlife
  • MLC 
  • NobleOak
  • OnePath
  • TAL
  • Zurich

Industry super funds

  • AustralianSuper
  • Cbus
  • First State Super Employer
  • HESTA Industry
  • HOSTPLUS Employer Sponsored
  • Kinetic Super
  • MTAA
  • REST
  • Sunsuper For Life
  • Unisuper: Accumulation 1

What you get in this report

  • Average annual premiums for $750,000 of cover a 30, 40, 50 and 60-year-old male or female for 15 term life insurance policies available through a financial planner and 10 industry super fund policies. 
  • Comprehensive checklist.

For more articles like this, see our Insurance section. 

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