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" 



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 with the session you wish to attend

Fighting obesity and saving lives

With a growing issue of child obesity, the Chilean Government implemented several preventative measures in 2016. The government:

  • Banned advertising unhealthy foods to children
  • Prohibited unhealthy foods being sold in and around schools
  • Included bold labels on packaging

The new regime increased consumer awareness, ensured that Chile reduced the number of premature deaths that occurred each year as a result of obesity as well as ensuring that national healthcare costs wouldn’t skyrocket as a result the increased rate of obesity.

I am not sure if Chile's policy decisions are the right ones, but it is a challenge to us to consider what we need to do. New Zealand has a problem with obesity. Compared to Chile, our situation is much worse. Chile is about the 60th most obese country with an average BMI of 26.8, compared to New Zealand at 28th most obese country with an average BMI of 27.9. Although obesity is listed as only the fifth largest cause of deaths by risk factor (see below) it is also strongly correlated with high blood pressure and high blood sugar - often diet being a common cause of all three. 

Click here to read more


Australia: another study shows people are better off with advice

According to anew report issued by Russell Investments in Australia states that financial advisers add at least 4.4% or more every year to clients - and a total of about $560,000 better off overall. Rather than see this as another shot-fired in the 'active' versus 'passive' debate, I prefer to focus on the behavioural aspects that financial advisers bring to the relationship - that applies to risk management, to insurance, to home loans advice, and debt repayment, and holistic financial advice. Readers will know that I am made keen on technical aspects of our industry: policy comparison especially, but also financial performance, price, underwriting, and digital advice. All these matter, but the central territory for advice is helping clients change. 

The study worked with a number of advisers from US, Canada and Australia for the past 20 years and identified five key areas of financial advice in the report: annual rebalancing, preventing behavioural mistakes, planning and additional wealth management services and tax-smart investing. Click here to read more. 


Want to work for Quotemonster?

We are hiring!

Position Title: Researcher

Tasks and Duties Include:

  1. Update and maintain QPR database

  2. Update and maintain the Policy Document Library

  3. Update and maintain the Underwriting Limits database

  4. Conduct testing on providers quote software

  5. Admin duties as specified in the admin manual

  6. Training calls to advisers or administrators to support product use

  7. Telephone support to QPR users

  8. Managing subscription queries

  9. Engaging with advisers

  10. Any other reasonable requests

Required minimum qualifications:

  • Use of Microsoft Office systems: Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and MYOB

  • Ability to communicate well in English – written and verbal

  • Good organisational skills

  • Ability to follow checklist and instructions well

  • Attention to detail

Desirable qualifications

  • Undergraduate Business Degree

  • 3+ years insurance industry

  • Knowledge of quote systems

  • Life and personal lines insurance knowledge

  • Quotemonster and Quality Product Research knowledge

If you are interested please get in touch

Quality Product Research Limited Updates

The new research datbase V118 has just been uploaded onto Quotemonster with a few rating changes as outlined below:

  • Partners Life new policy documents dated 5 /12/ 2018 for all products
  • Pinnacle Life's Funeral Cover new policy wording
  • Nib new rating for serious illness wording
  • Westpac remediation for Life and Trauma
  • Onepath updated policy wording v 4.4
  • Co-op Bank life new policy wording for Life and Trauma

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