Why do we have cheaper life insurance? To calculate the cost of life insurance, the industry boffins (called actuaries) work out the risk of someone dying based on their age, there physical attributes and their medical history.
We are no actuaries, but we worked out that the risk of any individual dying today is lower than the risk of that person dying in 5 years’ time, which is lower than the risk of them dying in 10 years’ time, which is lower…..you get the picture.
But for some reason, when you buy term life insurance in the UK, they make you pay the same amount today as in 5 years as 10 years……so either they are being very generous, or they must be overcharging now to compensate for the later years.
Here’s a picture that shows the logic
What no one tells you is the average life insurance policy is cancelled after 6 years, which is not surprising if you think about it, circumstances change, you need different levels of cover, and most life policies are very inflexible. So what that means is most customers have been overpaying….a lot!
In Australia they worked this out, and now most people buy life insurance that increases at a fixed rate over the years, so they don’t over pay today or tomorrow, they pay the right price at the right time, just like all other insurance products.
We think this is a good thing, so we decided British people should be able to do the same. After all – who really knows what life insurance you will need in 10 years time, let alone 20.