What is Short-Term Insurance?

As the name suggests, short-term insurance protects assets for a short period. This type of insurance is designed to give you peace of mind and temporary protection against loss or damage to your private property when certain insured events occur, such as vehicle accidents, vehicle theft, or hijacking.

There are various types of short-term insurance: personal, travel, and commercial. However, not all insurance companies have a licence to sell all these types of insurance.

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The long-term effects of the tightening cycle

Dr Francois Stofberg
Managing Director: Efficient Private Clients.

The global economic landscape has been experiencing a tightening cycle for roughly a year, and it is becoming apparent that its effects are both spreading and deepening as disequilibrium becomes more apparent. Recently, we have also experienced that the banking system is likely to be a contributor to the damage being done. The flow of liquidity from cash and credit to assets and spending is critical to the success of economies, and the combination of central banks raising interest rates and draining reserves, coupled with banks experiencing more constrained deposit and capital conditions and tightening credit standards, is likely to constrain the flow of money and credit to markets and economies. This, in turn, is likely to have a detrimental impact on spending and income.

Three major equilibriums and two major policy levers interact to drive markets and economies. The first equilibrium in the rich world is spending and output in line with capacity, which roughly translates into approximately 2% real growth with 2% inflation, a nominal spending growth rate of 4% to 5%, and an average unemployment rate. The second equilibrium is that debt growth must be in line with income growth, meaning credit growth that is not too high or too low, with interest rates that act as neither a major incentive nor disincentive to borrow. The third equilibrium is a normal level of risk premiums in assets relative to cash, meaning that bonds provide an expected return above cash, and equities an expected return above bonds, commensurate with these assets’ risks. The two policy levers are monetary policy and fiscal policy. The economic and market swings that we see reflect the never-ending struggles of the marketplace and of policymakers to achieve equilibrium. In the West, we are far from equilibrium, while in the East, we are closer to it. The closer an economy is to equilibrium, the easier it is to fix problems and the lower market volatility.

In developed economies, high nominal spending, when compared with the ability of an economy to produce more, remains the greatest disruption to equilibrium today. This leads to inflation that is significantly above target, leading to big policy shifts and high market volatility. Despite aggressive policy action, the United States (US), Europe, and the United Kingdom (UK) have not moved much closer to equilibrium. On the margin, the nature of the disequilibrium has shifted from too much inflation to not enough growth, with the risk premiums on assets decreasing relative to cash.

The path from disequilibrium to equilibrium allows for big market swings. When looking at why the economy is in bearish disequilibrium, we see that inflation is too high. Nominal spending, in turn, is too high to bring inflation down and unemployment is too low to bring wages down, and despite nominal growth being too high, the real growth rate is lower than desired. In the end, a weaker real growth rate, that is, an earnings recession of sorts, is required to resolve the other imbalances.

In conclusion, the effects of the recent tightening cycle are spreading and deepening, and the damage to the banking system is a manifestation of this tightening. Markets are in disequilibrium and the high level of nominal spending remains the greatest disruption to equilibrium today. Despite aggressive policy action, the US, Europe, and the UK have not moved much closer to equilibrium. The path from disequilibrium to equilibrium allows for big market swings, which is a frame of reference for longer-term positioning. It is thus crucial for policymakers and market participants to remain vigilant and proactive when managing these risks and when taking steps towards a more stable and sustainable economic environment.

Taking Care of Short-Term Insurance

Taking Care of Your Assets with Short-Term Insurance

From a broad perspective, if a financial planner is responsible for your future wealth and assets and a financial consultant adjusts and secures your immediate wealth and assets, then short-term insurance would protect the wealth and assets you have already acquired.

But, it’s not just your assets you’re protecting. It also takes care of and protects both you and your loved ones. If the clouds are hanging low, you give your child an umbrella before they go out. If you buy them a scooter, you get them a helmet. Short-term insurance offers the same umbrella, it simply covers more serious incidentals.

How it Works

You invest in short-term insurance with monthly instalments called premiums. How much you invest, would depend on the asset you’re covering and the likelihood of it being damaged. If it is damaged, destroyed, or lost, your cover would be enough to pay for repairs or replace it.

Short-term insurance offers a wide range of coverage. For example, you agree on an amount to be paid out if your vehicle is involved in an accident, or is destroyed or stolen. If these incidentals occur, you are paid the agreed amount. Just be aware that cars depreciate annually, so ensure that you update their value on that basis.

Other Packages You Might Consider

Comprehensive – Short-term insurance that covers the total value of your motor vehicle. Third-party cover is for damage you may have caused to someone else’s car. Balance of third-party (fire and theft) will cover you in the event of your car being stolen, if your car burns, or if you are responsible for damaging someone else’s vehicle or property.

Homeowner’s Short-Term Insurance – This may equal how much reconstruction of your home would cost in the event of structural failure or damage.

Household Contents Cover – This insures the remainder of your belongings that are in your home.

Personal Liability – This assists you if someone sues you personally for damage or injury caused on your property, while all-risk short-term insurance will cover items that are lost outside of your property. Personal accident cover will protect you and your family in the unfortunate event of one of you being disabled or dying in an accident.

Useful Tips

Regardless of whom you select to cover your short-term insurance, be sure to be honest and accurate, and keep the value of your assets up to date and agreed upon with your insurer. The consequences of over-estimated claims may result in your application being rejected. Should you be under-covered, your insurer might only pay out a percentage of the actual value.

Ensure that your premiums are always paid on time to avoid your cover lapsing. Do an annual inventory of your insured items and confirm that you are fairly but adequately covered. You could lower your monthly investment for your short-term insurance cover by increasing your excess payment or improving the security of your assets.

Who to Turn To

Efficient Wealth should be your answer. Efficient wealth has specifically selected short-term insurance specialists that offer a wide range of cover for yourself, your family, and your assets.

Our knowledge, professionalism, and passion for perfection have been protecting wealth and families since 2003 and are only eclipsed by our passion for people, their wealth, and wellbeing. Consult with Efficient Wealth, we’ll keep you efficiently covered.

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