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$1.86bn paid in flood, cyclone insurance
Insurance payouts after the Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi have reached $1.86 billion.
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Ten insurance need-to-knows
No matter how you feel about paying for insurance, the past few months have shown us, on a worldwide scale, that life can hold a lot of surprises — and it helps to be prepared.
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Home insurers rated ahead of storm season
Now is the time to check if your home and contents are properly insured against severe weather events, financial services researcher Canstar Cannex says.
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Insuring against natural disasters
Flood, fire, hail, earthquake, cyclone … when it comes to natural disasters, Australia is capable of pretty much anything. And they can cost us plenty. Cyclone Tracy in 1974 had a clean-up cost of $4 billion. The Newcastle earthquake in 1989 cost $2 billion. The devastating 2009 Victorian bushfires cost $1 billion — and the process of recovery is still underway.
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Insurance premiums rise on bad weather
Insurers face rising costs from severe weather events but premium hikes may be tempered by increasing competition from smaller players.
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Victorian bushfire victims: how to claim insurance
The devastating bushfires in Victoria have surpassed the 1983 Ash Wednesday blazes to become the worst natural disaster in Australia's history.
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Pet insurance
Depending on the illness or injury, vet costs can easily reach several thousand dollars. One option available to pet owners is to take out pet insurance, but it isn't cheap. Sarah Mills explains your best options.
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Big gaps in insurance cover
Extensive storm damage in NSW and Victoria recently caused more financial harm than necessary to quite a few people, because while home owners had insurance, their cover was not adequate, writes Rochelle Taylor.
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Are you sure you've got enough insurance cover?
The risk of under-insuring is that you won’t get enough money to cover the total cost of your loss. But the real cost can be far greater, writes Effie Zahos.
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Is your property fully insured?
A typical Australian house can cost over $200,000 to replace, but the typical Australian householder will have only $150,000 in insurance cover reports Terry Ryder.
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