All my plans and ambitions disappeared in a matter of minutes

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Erin Benjamin had just celebrated her 30th birthday. She was working in a fast-paced, high profile job in financial services and recently married with plans to start a family. Then Erin had a stroke.

“All of my plans and ambitions disappeared in a matter of minutes,” says Erin. “My work, my possibility of becoming a mother and my ability to do three of my favourite things – run, read and write – were gone, without any clear idea of what I ...

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You don’t need insurance until you do

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You might remember that last month one of my tips for what to do with your money during the Covid-19 crisis was NOT to cancel your insurance (if you want to re-read that blog, click here). Well, this month I wanted to reiterate that message by sharing just how close one of my clients came to making this mistake.

The client (we’ll call her Jane) was a woman in her fifties who had held cover for quite some time. However, ...

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The countdown is on…

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The countdown to the holidays is on. It’s the time of year when work starts to wind down, and you hear people say, “That can wait until after Christmas,” or, “I’ll get to that in the New Year”. But there are some things that are just too important to put off, even for the sake of a few weeks.

Six months ago, I met with a couple who wanted help with their insurances. They listened to my recommendations, but then they ...

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What are you paying for?

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You might have noticed there have been a few reports in the media (again) about life insurance commissions. As you know, I’m extremely proud of the work the Monarch team does and firmly believe in the role financial advice plays in helping people secure their financial future. Which is why I felt it was important to outline just some of the ways we add value to our clients…

What we do – Build a strategy

Our role is not simply to get ...

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How much is too much?

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I know I’ve previously shared my thoughts on asking strangers to pay for your medical bills (see: Is crowdfunding your medical bills fair?), but a recent story has persuaded me to revisit the issue again. This article highlights just how much people underestimate the cost medical treatment in Australia, which is ultimately one of the main reasons that people turn to crowd-funding sites.

You might have heard about Milli, a 12 year old from Perth whose family was trying ...

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Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans

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“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”

You’ve probably heard this John Lennon quote before. But have you ever noticed how true it really is? You could have your ideal milestones all mapped out, from your first career steps to the age you think you’ll be ready to get married and have kids, right through to when you’d like ...

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No advisers, no surprises? No way!

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NO AdI saw an ad for insurance company NobleOak the other day which really made my blood boil. It’s the one where the guy says that with most life insurance you’re ‘being sold an illusion’. The ad claims that life insurance through NobleOak is 20% cheaper than if you buy through an adviser or direct with an insurer.

They highlight that they only offer ...

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Financial advice doesn’t stop when you’ve got your policy!

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facebook-Linked_Image___shutterstock_227878675If you’re working with a financial planner to help set up your life insurance, make sure they’re going to be there when they’re really needed – at claim time!

A referral partner recently asked me to help her client’s son who had sadly suffered a stroke. The son has insurance, so the client took on the job of lodging a claim on behalf of ...

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How will you celebrate your next anniversary?

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photo-nic-co-uk-nic-117915-unsplashFor those who’ve followed my blog for a while now, you’ll know that the Coulters have an anniversary coming up next month. Yup, September marks eight years of wedded bliss for Rob and I! Like most couples, anniversaries are something we celebrate, usually with a glass (or two) of wine from one of our favourite vineyards.

But there’s another important anniversary that needs to ...

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A true story and a powerful lesson

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facebook-Linked_Image___powerful lessonMost people understand the need for car insurance, home and contents insurance and probably even health insurance. But when it comes to life insurance, it’s more difficult to picture yourself actually needing cover. We just don’t want to think about something bad happening to us or to our loved ones!

Part of my job, as a financial adviser, is to help people understand ...

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