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  1. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Ask Melanie: Life insurance

    Posted Sep 10th 2012, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... to melanie.nutbeam@hfs.com.hk Insurance cover: how to live long and prosper I want to ensure my family is looked after if I die. Should my life insurance policy include a savings plan or should I keep this separate?         Insurance policies that combine death benefits with a savings plan are common in Hong Kong and it's not hard to see why. A policy that provides cover for a set term, usually to age 60 or 65, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/expert-qa/article/1031668/ask-melanie-life-insurance
  2. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Ask Melanie: Home contents insurance

    Posted Dec 03rd 2012, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... to melanie.nutbeam@hfs.com.hk Some things are irreplaceable, but for everything else, take cover Is it really worth insuring my home contents? If you cannot afford to repair or replace something when it is stolen or damaged, and you prefer not to live without replaceable items, it's worth having home contents insurance. Benefits received as the result of a successful claim will help stem loss. Make sure ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/expert-qa/article/1094662/ask-melanie-home-contents-insurance
  3. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Making a cautious case for insurance-linked annuity plans

    Posted Nov 05th 2012, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... a cautious case for insurance-linked annuity plans I save regularly into an investment portfolio managed by my adviser and am happy with that. I'm 45, and this portfolio will be my only source ... where there's no fall-back pension, is significant. The annuity plans sold by insurance companies address this longevity risk (the risk of outliving your retirement savings). The insurer ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/expert-qa/article/1074662/making-cautious-case-insurance-linked-annuity-plans
  4. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Back-up medical plan a popular choice

    Posted Jul 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... without new underwriting conditions. That's a win-win for everyone. Check if your scheme includes this. Clive Wolstencroft at Navigator Insurance brokerage says American employees of United ... in if a person loses his job or exceeds the coverage of his work insurance. Check policies (including your employer's) to ensure annual claim limits look sufficient. You can upgrade a plan ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/expert-qa/article/1287776/back-medical-plan-popular-choice
  5. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Swapping Hong Kong for the UK. An adviser here or there?

    Posted Mar 11th 2013, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... buying a decent set of wheels- and the costs of insuring them. Once you have rough figures for your home and lifestyle- perhaps £500,000 (HK$5.8 million) for a mortgage-free home, £30,000 ... goals encompassing investment, tax, insurance and estate planning. Most qualified financial planners will co-ordinate overall planning, including referrals to third parties for specialist ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/expert-qa/article/1187876/swapping-hong-kong-uk-adviser-here-or-there
  6. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Ask Melanie: Critical Illness Cover

    Posted Nov 19th 2012, 12:51am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... and cleared his mortgage. This reduced stress, accelerated his savings, and allowed for early retirement. You probably already have a medical insurance policy but that’s not enough. These only make ... if they die, but not of the financial stress and setbacks of surviving a serious illness or trauma. Or they have income protection insurance which provides a monthly payment of up to 75 per cent ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/expert-qa/article/1085751/ask-melanie-critical-illness-cover
  7. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Why not put all your eggs in one basket?

    Posted Apr 15th 2013, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... approved MPF schemes offered by about 19 approved MPF trustees from major banks and insurance companies. You might start with a simple comparison of your scheme's benefits using ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/expert-qa/article/1214718/why-not-put-all-your-eggs-one-basket
  8. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Ask Melanie: New Year's evolution

    Posted Jan 07th 2013, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... the benefits included in your package so you can improve on them. Many people take for granted contractual benefits such as additional MPF, share plans, medical benefits and life insurance. Replacing ... Having your finances under control often increases career enjoyment. Review all insurance cover: know what type and level of cover you should have and the trade-offs to make if your budget ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/expert-qa/article/1119904/ask-melanie-new-years-evolution
  9. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Ask Melanie: How to avoid falling off your own fiscal cliff

    Posted Dec 31st 2012, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... subscriptions and memberships, health and beauty, clothing, travel and insurance are key groupings for most people. Divide lump-sum expenditures like travel by 12 to come up with a monthly average. ... further and plot actual income and outgoings on a 12-month spreadsheet. This will show when lump-sum payments for things like health care cover, insurance, travel and holiday spending crop up. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/expert-qa/article/1114463/ask-melanie-how-avoid-falling-your-own-fiscal-cliff
  10. Business - Money - ASK MELANIE

    Calling all retiring types: make sure your superannuation fund stays super

    Posted Feb 04th 2013, 12:00am by Melanie Nutbeam

    ... at up to 15 per cent but careful management can reduce this to about 5 per cent per annum. This minor tax niggle stands as a small insurance premium against otherwise potentially hefty taxes ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/money/expert-qa/article/1141218/calling-all-retiring-types-make-sure-your-superannuation

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