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Loan Payment Protection Cover To Preserve Your Finances

Apr 16, 2008
The payment protection insurance (PPI) industry offers short-term protection products to Brits who want financial security in the event of unemployment due to involuntary redundancy, accident, or illness. Loan payment protection cover is one of the primary coverage types offered by industry providers. This is a short-term product, designed to allow individuals to meet their monthly debt obligations, for 12 to 24 months, if a covered event occurs.

While many large banks and lenders have been offering loan payment protection cover for some time, many Brits are recognizing the unique advantages of buying protection from insurance brokers who specialize in coverage. Perhaps the greatest advantage offered by brokers is their reputation for more honest business practices, including product expertise and customer focus. Banks and lenders have developed a negative reputation for high pressure sales techniques that has drawn the ire of consumer advocates and lead to ongoing investigations by the Financial Services Authority (FSA).

Not only has the heightened awareness helped many people avoid over priced plans from questionable institutions, but it has given more credibility to brokers and place more emphasis on consumer education. The insurance itself covers up to 75 per cent of the covered person's normal monthly income, in most cases. This makes loan protection the highest level of protection of the three common types of payment protection insurance. Coverage typically provides for full repayment of all monthly debt obligations with a 25 per cent add-on of other monthly expenses. This is, of course, within the maximum allowable coverage for a plan.

Many loan payment protection cover products also added a death benefit, which is unique in the PPI industry. This is a nice bonus and provides greater security to surviving family members. Many people protect their homes, cars, and other assets by buying the coverage for themselves.

The payment protection products should not be confused with longer-term income protection. Income protection provides payouts up to retirement, if necessary. The benefits of the payment protections are inherently wrapped in their short-term orientation. One of the best advantages of the PPI products is coverage for involuntary redundancy, which is not covered under the income protection products.

Consumers need to educate themselves on the advantages of the various insurance products. By approaching an insurance specialist, consumers can take their needs and situation, and have them matched to the best available products and rates. In fact, as many brokers are online, consumers can often submit online data and quickly get back quotes, or comparisons of various products and covers.

Loan payment protection cover is a very important insurance product for many. The State provides little financial assistance for the short-term unemployment needs of citizens. This means that people need to look out for their own needs and the needs of their families. It is important to find a reputable provider who has great product knowledge and a customer service orientation. This can make the difference between getting appropriate coverage at the best rate, or incomplete coverage at a high rate.
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Simon Burgess is Managing Director of the award-winning British Insurance, a specialist provider of loan payment protection cover .
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