FYI: Are you looking to compare Funeral plans?

Here is a handy hint for Research and Advicemonster subscribers! 

If you're looking to compare a Funeral Plan, you can access our static ratings and policy documents directly on Quotemonster.

Once you've logged in, click the Research Tools button, the the purple Research Tools tab and scroll down to "Funeral Plans" 

Funeral

 


Quality Product Research - new zoom training sessions added for Quotemonster & Advicemonster!

We have scheduled the following training sessions for November & December! 

Make the most out of your time at home or refresh your knowledge by joining one of our sessions below:  

Quotemonster Basic (Introductory session - great for new users or for a refresher) 

  • Wednesday, 10 November 2021 11:00 am-12:00 pm 
  • Thursday, 25 November 2021 11:00 am-12:00 pm 
  • Thursday, 16 December 2021 11:00 am-12:00 pm 

Quotemonster Deep Dive (great for advanced users who use Quotemonster on a regular basis) 

  • Thursday, 18 November 2021 11:00 am-12:00 pm 
  • Thursday, 9 December 2021 11:00 am-12:00 pm 

Advicemonster (great for those who would like to learn more about our Statement of Advice (SOA) subscription) 

  • Thursday, 4 November 2021 11:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Thursday, 2 December 2021 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Please feel free to email us on info@quotemonster.co.nz with the session you'd like to attend and we will organise to send through the zoom link 


Quality Product Research: Proposed rating for Aplastic Anaemia

Introduction

Were back with another item analysis - this time for Aplastic Anaemia.

Please find our proposed sub-items below.

Sub-items rating review

Aplastic

Notes

A defined treatment option is a commonality across all insurers, excluding Asteron Life who have a more open definition when compared to their competitors. We have included a sub-item for those insurers who require diagnosis from a medical specialist along with a deduction to those that do not offer an additional treatment option. Aplastic Anaemia is a lowly weighted item in our database; however, our proposed rating aims to emphasise the difference in the definition between insurers, rather than focusing too much on ranking them from best and worse.  

Your feedback

We value getting your feedback on how these wordings are being applied to claims you may be aware of. Please email us with details of any recent claims to help us update our understanding.

Doreen Dutt, Research Analyst, Quality Product Research Limited, researcher@qpresearch.co.nz


Quality Product Research - Grief & Funeral Support (Part 2)

Following on from our previous blog on the proposed rating of Grief and Funeral in Life cover, we have added a new sub-item to show that Cigna does have a counselling benefit which is only available within three months of a counselling session. 

The total definition score for Cigna remains at 90 however this was an important correction for when we roll our our new detailed head to head reports which will display our sub-items. 

Part 2

Your feedback

We value getting your feedback on how these wordings are being applied to claims you may be aware of. Please email us with details of any recent claims to help us update our understanding.

Doreen Dutt, Research Analyst, Quality Product Research Limited, researcher@qpresearch.co.nz

 


Partners Life new product training and more daily news

Partners Life set up knowledge assessment modules for new products and enhancements. Last month Partners Life announced two new products, Moderate Trauma Cover and Income and Expenses Cover, as well as a number of enhancements to other existing products. They have announced details for training sessions: 

"Three short knowledge assessment modules are now available to be completed by close of business 17 September 2021, on your Partners Life Academy portal.

Completing these modules is important to demonstrate your competence, as per your compliance requirements, and it will strengthen your ability to have fully informed conversations with your clients about the new products and enhancements."

You can find details of the sessions at the following link. Quotemonster will be updated to reflect the changes to existing products on 27 August. 

 

Other daily news: 

  • AMP continues to refocus on funds management and advice - link 
  • FSC releases latest Get In Shape update and an adviser survey - we know that the FSC would be very grateful if you can complete the adviser survey - Link 
  • nib financial results to 30 June 2021 released. Media release here: nib New Zealand delivers improved result and enhanced member experience - link
  • Prospa full-year results released. The advice business has continued to grow well. Contact us for a copy of the release. 

FYI: Are you looking for a legacy policy document?

If you're finding it hard to locate a legacy policy document, look no further than Quotemonster! 

We currently have 1000 + policy documents in our Policy Archives - the oldest dating back to 1993.

This service is available to all our subscription levels (even the free pricing comparison) so feel free to create your very own account on www.quotemonster.co.nz if you're currently sharing one with your mates! 

Once you've done this, click "Policy Archives" in your Dashboard which will allow you to search for the desired document. 

Happy Crunching! 

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Quality Product Research - upcoming Demonstrations

We have scheduled the following zoom demonstrations with Quotemonsters' General Manager Treena Jordan: 

Introduction to Quotemonster (basic) 

  • Thursday, 5 August 2021 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
  • Monday 16 August 2021 10:30 AM-11:30 PM
  • Thursday, 2 September 2021 11.00 AM – 12.00 PM
  • Thursday, 16 September 2021 11.00 AM – 12.00 PM
  • Thursday, 21 October 2021 11.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Quotemonster Deep Dive (recommended for experienced users only) 

  • Wednesday, 18 August 2021 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Thursday, 9 September 2021 11.00 AM – 12.00 PM
  • Thursday, 7 October 2021 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Thursday, 28 October 11.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Advicemonster Demonstration (Statement of Advice service) 

  • Wednesday, 25 August 2021 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • Thursday, 30 September 11.00 AM – 12.00 PM
  • Thursday, 14 October 11.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Please email us at info@quotemonster.co.nz with the session you wish to attend


Legal and regulatory update for the life and health insurance sector

13 July 2021 – Parliament’s Finance and Expenditure Committee announced it will be opening an inquiry into the current and future nature, impact, and risks of cryptocurrencies. https://www.facebook.com/FESCNZ/posts/942985546484119

19 July 2021 – FMA released its Annual Corporate Plan 2021-22. https://www.fma.govt.nz/about-us/corporate-publications/annual-corporate-plan/

In the last item there is a relatively brief mention of the insurance sector priorities, which are: 

Our areas of focus in the Banking & Insurance sector are:
Preparation for the CoFI and updated insurance contract law regimes including:
• providing policy input as part of the legislative process
• engaging with industry participants and other stakeholders to build our understanding of the banking and insurance sectors
• developing a licensing approach for CoFI
• developing a monitoring and enforcement approach for when the regimes are in force.

 


March peaks interest in comparison

An all-time record high of 2,504 users on quotemonster.co.nz in the last 28 days confirmed that it was a very, very, busy March. More advisers than ever are interested in comparisons. Advisers tell us that consumers like comparisons. Guidance around replacement advice requires that either a comparison is done, or the risks of proceeding without having done a comparison are explained - for example, in this report. It seems that advisers, regulators, and consumers all agree that comparisons are an essential part of financial advice. This situation is dynamic - you cannot form a view and then keep expecting that to hold true - every quarter, on average, four insurers change the pricing for eight product lines and the policy wordings for five product lines. So if you haven't compared, how can you be confident in your recommendation? 


Quality Product Research: Inflation Adjustment item update for Life Cover

Introduction

Inflation is often overlooked when customers are looking to purchase Life Cover. Although it may not be necessary for short term policies, it is however, a valued feature for long term policies (i.e., those that are in place for 20 years or more). 

Sub-items rating review

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Following up on adviser feedback, we have recently added the optional Inflation Adjustment feature to MAS increasing the accuracy of our rating for Life cover for this insurer.

Please note we currently only show the pricing difference between indexed vs non-indexed (as shown below) and the rating for optional items are excluded from the total rating you will see on your research report.

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Notes

The Inflation Adjustment benefit does not significantly vary among providers. Companies differ in expiry age, with Pinnacle being the only that expires at age 60. ANZ bank seems to be the only provider with a deduction for the sub-item “Excludes when premiums are waived”. A significant difference is whether the benefit is optional or included.    

Why is this important?

The benefit would be of high value for those looking to purchase long term policies. To not have this option would have a great impact in the future as you would understand that the cost of living will only increase as time goes on (and so should our Life cover). 

Your feedback

We value getting your feedback on how these wordings are being applied to claims you may be aware of. Please email us with details of any recent claims to help us update our understanding.

Doreen Dutt, Research Analyst, Quality Product Research Limited, researcher@qpresearch.co.nz