Insure Me Now wins Canstar Award for third year in a row!

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CANSTAR has researched and rated 32 Direct Life Insurance products from 28 insurers to determine who offers outstanding value for money and the winner is…

Insure Me Now!

For the third year in a row, Insure Me Now has won the CANSTAR Award for Outstanding Value Direct Life Insurance.

Why Insure Me Now is a winner  

Insure Me Now has been awarded 5 stars for 12 profiles out of the 20 that we consider with the other 8 being awarded 4 stars.

It’s no surprise Insure Me Now has won for a third year in a row- Their Superior Life Insurance is competitively priced within the Direct Life Insurance space and in addition does the underwriting upfront via their online system with no pre-existing condition exclusions.

They provide an array of great features including the indexation of the sum insured, which means your sum insured amount increases each year by about 5%.

Cover applies 24 hours a day worldwide, meaning you are still covered while travelling overseas.

funeral benefit of $10,000 is paid, so that your family does not have to pay for your funeral if you should pass away.

terminal illness benefit of equal to the life sum insured is offered if you are diagnosed with a terminal illness. This can assist with costs such as paying medical bills, pre-paying funeral costs, and paying off a mortgage or other debts.

TPD cover is available as a rider (an optional extra).

Trauma cover is available as a rider.

There is an online application process available for applying for insurance.

Insurance claims can be initiated over the phone with support available to assist with the completion of any forms.

Q & A with Canstar’s winner- Insure Me Now

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2016 has seen Insure Me Now take out the Canstar award for the third year in a row. It’s no great surprise given it boasts some of the most competitive pricing in Australia and an impressive list of product features including an effortless online application process, no hidden pre-exiting condition exclusions and life insurance that doesn’t expire – as long as you pay your premiums you keep it for life. To find out more about their continued success, we spoke with Nicola Carr, General Manager of Insure Me Now.

Q: ‘Digital disruption’ is a real buzz phrase at the moment. Has digital disruption affected the life insurance buying process?

Absolutely. There’s certainly a lot more insurance information and products available online these days so consumers can do far more themselves from their laptop, desktop or smartphone. Like many areas, however, it can be quite confusing to determine what is quality information. Fortunately with independent groups like Canstar rating the ever-growing list of products and providers, I think this really helps consumers make informed decisions in an otherwise very cluttered market.

Q: Determining what life insurance they actually need can be confusing for consumers. What’s the best way to go about this?

Life Insurance calculators are a great tool, as they can help you quickly calculate how much cover you need. Of course this can vary according to your personal circumstances. But as a general rule you should take into account your current and future debt including things like home loans, business loans and credit cards. After all, the main motivation for life insurance is for your family to be able to clear your debts in the event of your death. Another consideration is to be able to provide an income stream for your family in the future. Again, this will vary on your own situation. Things such as the number of children you have, their ages and your household expenses are all important things to consider.

Q: None of us have a crystal ball. But what changes would you predict across the life insurance industry over the next decade?

In many ways the future is likely to be shaped by the recent past. There have been a lot of changes in the life insurance advice space over the last two years. Upfront commissions have reduced for advisers and the ongoing commissions they earn are soon to be capped. This is a lot less motivating for risk advisers who’ve been used to churning and swapping clients every few years to gain their upfront commissions. This, in combination with quite a bit of bad publicity for advisers in general, has seen the direct life insurance sector – including businesses like Insurance Me Now – gaining a lot of traction. I can only see this trend continuing. Over the next decade we will almost certainly see even more growth in the number of people buying their life insurance online.

Switch to Insure Me Now and Save!

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In the latest Canstar report released in August 2014 we compared how our premiums compared to the average in the market place.

The results are below and show you just how competitive our pricing is!!!

Based on a sum insured of $500,000 (non smokers)

Age Group

IMN Yearly premium

Canstar Average

Savings with us

Male 20-29

$449.04

$576

22%

Male 30-44

$537

$620

13%

Male 45-54

$1194

$1541

22%

Male 55-59

$2298

$3627

36%

#source Canstar Direct Life Insurance Report August 2104

Based on a sum insured of $500,000 (no smokers)

Age Group

IMN Yearly premium

Canstar Average

Savings with us

Female 20-29

$252.48

$393

35%

Female 30-44

$414

$500

17%

Female 45-54

$1013

$1222

17%

Female 55-59

$1714

$2518

31%

#source Canstar Direct Life Insurance Report August 2104

The full report is available on Canstar’s website. http://www.canstar.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Direct-Life-Insurance-2014.pdf

Insure Me Now earns CANSTAR Outstanding Value – Direct Life Insurance Award

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Insurance provider, Insure Me Now has been awarded the 2014 CANSTAR Outstanding Value Award for its Direct Life Insurance product.

Mitchell Watson, Research Manager for CANSTAR said, “Insure Me now has really impressed the CANSTAR team with a combination of competitive pricing and strong features offering. This has seen them achieve CANSTAR’s Outstanding Value – Direct Life Insurance award for 2014”

For Insure Me Now General Manager, Nicola Carr, the CANSTAR award has confirmed what her organisation has been promoting for years – direct life insurance that is both of a high quality and at a great price. “At this year’s CANSTAR Awards we beat out more than two dozen other insurers, to claim the Outstanding Value – Direct Life Insurance Award,” she said.

CANSTAR is Australia’s premier financial data provider, and this accolade was the result of their close analysis of Insure Me Now’s Direct Life Insurance product and its pricing across broad demographics that covered a wide range of age groups, genders and smoking status. According to their report, the results placed Insure Me Now as the “market leader in 6 out of 8 non-smoking categories.

Indeed, affordability is synonymous with Insure Me Now, with its Life Insurance premium cited as the lowest across 7 of the CANSTAR judges’ categories, including male and female non-smoking, empty nesters and young male and female non-smokers. Insure Me Now also offered the lowest Life Insurance premiums for smokers in both the male empty nester and middle male (aged 30 – 44 years of age) categories. In addition to these specifics, the CANSTAR Awards also generally recognised Insure Me Now for offering other quality and value insurance products.

Insure Me Now’s achievement is particularly impressive in light of the release of another industry report, the 2014 Rice Warner Direct Life Insurance Market Report, which reveals that in the year to December 2013, sales of direct life insurance accounted for a $558.1 million in Australia. To achieve this substantial growth sales increased by 8.2%, a slight slowdown on the previous year (which saw growth of 10.6%), but a significant climb nonetheless.

Insure Me Now’s Life Insurance policies’ long list of features includes a “funeral benefit of up to $15,000, a terminal illness benefit and additional TPD and Trauma rider benefits, allowing for the option to pay an additional amount to be covered for TPD, trauma or both. Extra discounts and incentives are available on top of multi-policies” and “sums insured are indexed annually.

Ms Carr said that the coveted CANSTAR Award delivers on her commitment “to bring Australians accessible, affordable and reliable life insurance”.

*To find out more: http://www.canstar.com.au/compare-life-insurance/direct-life-insurance/direct-life-insurance-star-ratings/

For further details contact:
Nicola Carr, General Manager, Insure Me Now AFSL 416019 P: (02) 9964 7353