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  • How long can you stay afloat if you become seriously ill?

    How long can you stay afloat if you become seriously ill?

    Polling shows around half (47%) of employed 18-64 year olds can’t survive for more than a month after using up their sickness and annual leave if they fall seriously ill and can’t work. The Horizon Research survey for the Financial Services Council (FSC) finds more than 1,000 families a...

  • Banks, insurance firms financial advisers' main competitors

    Banks, insurance firms financial advisers' main competitors

    Banks and insurance companies remain the biggest threat to insurance advisers in spite of the rise of online insurance sales, according to a new survey by Horizon Research. Niko Kloeten, reports through the Good Returns information service that the survey, commissioned by the New Zealand Financial...

  • Retirement income: “They have to do something”

    Retirement income: “They have to do something”

    The idea of introducing compulsory retirement saving is generally well received among employees on below-average incomes, according to qualitative research conducted through the HorizonPoll panel. Horizon Research recruited 33 people for one-on-one interviews which were conducted by Tasman Research...

  • Insurers can sell a million new policies in next year

    Insurers can sell a million new policies in next year

    A new survey shows just New Zealand adults intend buying more than a million new insurance policies during the next 12 months. Existing customers also intend to increase their existing insurance cover on 695,000 of their policies, but only cancel 94,000 policies. Horizon Research says its survey of...

  • Serious illness equals serious financial trouble

    Serious illness equals serious financial trouble

    Key point summary: 972,700 households with annual incomes $20,000+ do not have income protection Each year the primary income earner in 14,980 of those households will fall seriously ill and be unable to earn for six months or more Those households plunge into The Great Financial Vulnerability Gap...

  • Third of households can't pay bills after 3 weeks' illness

    Third of households can't pay bills after 3 weeks' illness

    In New Zealand serious illness is 2.6 more times more likely to strike than a serious accident putting an earner off work for six months or more. The accident victim will get 80% of income from Accident Compensation. The illness victim without income protection will have their household income...

  • 45% more Kiwis aim to change jobs in 2013

    45% more Kiwis aim to change jobs in 2013

    12% of Kiwis 18 years of age or over will look to change jobs in the next twelve months, according to a recent HorizonPoll, and one in twenty will look to go overseas to work. Horizon Research has been listening to New Zealanders’ personal view of their employment prospects over multiple...

  • Great holiday news for Dunedin HorizonPoll member

    Great holiday news for Dunedin HorizonPoll member

    He was away on holiday and out of cellphone range. But "far out!" was Mike King's e-mailed response when told he'd won HorizonPoll's end-of-year member prize draw. The $1000 cash has already gone to his bank account and the iPad4 has arrived at his Dunedin home. The Prosperity Plus insurance...

  • 63% of New Zealanders say they are not saving enough

    63% of New Zealanders say they are not saving enough

    63% of New Zealanders say they are not currently saving enough to retire on a comfortable income. There is widespread concern among New Zealanders over how much income they will have in retirement. Nearly 80% think their savings will run out before the end of their lives. Only one third of adults...

  • Budget unlikely to change KiwiSaver savings levels

    Budget unlikely to change KiwiSaver savings levels

    Research commissioned by the Investment Savings and Insurance Association (ISI) shows that while few New Zealanders support the KiwiSaver changes announced in the Budget, most are likely to remain committed to the scheme. Not surprisingly, the HorizonPoll survey found that 75% of those surveyed...

  • Budget forecasts unrealistic, households feel worse off

    Budget forecasts unrealistic, households feel worse off

    The economic growth forecasts which underpin this week’s Budget are seen as unrealistic by 49% of New Zealanders. The first nationwide post-Budget HorizonPoll of 1,154 people, conducted between 11.5am Friday May 20 and 6.30am Saturday May 21 (maximum margin of error at a 95% confidence level...

  • Some viewed less favourably over quake response

    Some viewed less favourably over quake response

    People in Canterbury have rated the performance of people and orgaisations during the earthqaukes disaster. Emergency services received high praise for their efforts, with 94 per cent rating the Fire Service response as very good or excellent, The Press newspaper reports this morning in its...