Aussie consumers

Advice beats direct insurance for Aussie consumers

The majority of Australian consumers prefer to purchase insurance policies through financial advisers rather than directly.

This is the conclusion of Asteron Life’s Attitude to Life Adviser Insights report, which surveyed 1,515 Australians across every state. It found that 90% of respondents found life insurance too complex to navigate on their own, and consequently 65% were purchasing policies through financial advisers.

The report also showed that generation Y consumers are a high growth area for insurance advice; while only 21% in that category said they regularly saw an adviser, the report argued this presented a major opportunity as these consumers grow older and their financial risks increase accordingly.

“As more Australians move online to research and match their needs, there is, and will continue to be a need for personalised and professional advice,” said Asteron Life executive manager Mark Vilo.

“It’s essential for advisers to have an online presence and be seen where your clients are researching. By factoring this into your business strategy and the way you provide your service, you can use the power of the internet to help grow your business.”

He added, “As advice practices wind down for the holiday season there’s an opportunity for a period of reflection and some time to work on the business plan for the year ahead. Many Australians also use this time to reflect on their lives from both a personal and business perspective.

“Understanding the generational needs of your clients will facilitate meaningful conversations around their individual needs. It’s a good idea to segment your client base according to a combination of risk, income, generation and life stage and build this into discussions.”

via [Financial Standard]