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De-Risk Your Joint Partnership Business with Life Insurance

De-Risk Your Joint Partnership Business with Life Insurance

As an entrepreneur in a joint business partnership, it is important to think about the repercussions your business partner may face should something happen to you.    Would they find it easy to handle the business once you are no longer around? Will there be new stakeholders in the business? And how amicable and smooth would the transition of these relationships…

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When Should You Switch from Temporary to Permanent Life Insurance?

When Should You Switch from Temporary to Permanent Life Insurance?

Two different kinds of policies with very different applications. Before I jump into explaining when you require each one, let me start by explaining the structure of each of these policy types.  Term Life Insurance Policies  Temporary life insurance is the terminology used for Term Life Insurance policies. The reason it is called ‘temporary’ is the policy usually ends at a pre-planned date. For example, if you decide you’re going to buy a Term Insurance policy today for a period of 20…

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Child Life Insurance Policies- A Gift That Grows in Value

Child Life Insurance Policies- A Gift That Grows in Value

Life insurance for children – a branch of life insurance that is not as well-known but could definitely be a hidden gem, a gift that keeps giving.   What is a Child Life Insurance Policy?  A child life insurance policy is unlike a regular life insurance policy. In a child life insurance policy, the payer of the policy is usually the parent or the grandparent. The person who is insured is the child. And the beneficiary of the policy could…

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Can Tech-Based Life Insurance Products Compete with the Hands-On Service of an Advisor?

Can Tech-Based Life Insurance Products Compete with the Hands-On Service of an Advisor?

As a life insurance advisor, when the time to keep my promise arises, it’s a huge release for me because I can keep my word of showing up with the cheque when the worst happens. But what also comes with that is an emotional loss, as my clients are also my friends and this relationship becomes a big part of each other’s lives.  “Basheer…

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9 Things to Consider When Choosing a Beneficiary

9 Things to Consider When Choosing a Beneficiary

It is important that the payout of a life insurance policy is received hassle-free by the person intended to receive it. The consequences of missing out on important details can be grave.  Before you pen down a beneficiary’s name in your application for life insurance, use this as a checklist of things to consider.  1. Know the Purpose of the Policy  What is the reason for purchasing…

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A Financial Advisor’s Take on the Pitfalls of Investment

A Financial Advisor’s Take on the Pitfalls of Investment

In my 21+ years as a life insurance and financial services advisor, dealing with high-level executives and top-performing entrepreneurs, I’ve met clients with different levels of experience with investing. It’s interesting to hear the questions that come up in my meetings, these questions have mostly been around restructuring existing portfolios.  If you’ve been having doubts like:  Why don’t all of my asset classes perform…

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Does Your Role as an Advisor End After a Claim Has Been Settled?

Does Your Role as an Advisor End After a Claim Has Been Settled?

As life insurance advisors, we’re called on field as the most valuable player when a client of ours passes away- to show up with the cheque for the dependents, no matter what. In the lifecycle of serving a client, this is really one of the most crucial moments.  And different advisors have their own philosophy around how they deal with the claims settlement process.  You could either only do what’s…

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Lessons Learnt from the Unexpected- Show No Weakness Challenge with InnerFight

Lessons Learnt from the Unexpected- Show No Weakness Challenge with InnerFight

“I felt my fingers twitching, my body shaking, I felt like I needed to get out of the pit as quickly as possible and I didn’t see this coming.”  I’ve always been looking for the next adrenaline rush that would push my limits, and that’s primarily been through testing my physical fitness.  I’ve done ultra-running. I’ve done triathlons. I’ve thrown…

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When You’re Stuck With Illiquid Assets- A Case Study

When You’re Stuck With Illiquid Assets- A Case Study

The UAE property market has taken multiple turns over the last 20 years. A noteworthy time in the industry was around 2006-2008 when property prices were inflated and the economy was booming.  A lot of people who purchased property at that time now find it hard to liquidate those assets. What does one do when they’re in a position like this? And more importantly, how do you…

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