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Zurich unveils financial ‘selfie’ app

Written by Chris Lemmon
21/11/2017

Insurance firm Zurich has launched a ‘selfie’ app called FaceQuote to encourage more people to think about and engage with their finances.

FaceQuote estimates a user’s age before calculating how much life cover would cost per month based on the age suggested. The app has been launched to encourage people to engage with life insurance and show how affordable life cover can be.

Recent research by Zurich found that a quarter of people said they did not have life or critical illness cover because it was too expensive and nearly a third (30 per cent) said they did not feel it was relevant.

Chris Atkinson, head of consumer distribution, said: “Technology has a huge role to play in allowing us to connect with a wider audience and give more people confidence in making financial decisions but also inspiring and enabling them to take control and put proper plans in place.

“We know that many people prefer not to think about what will happen to them or their dependents if they become ill or were to die. So we’ve tried to approach these issues through gamification, in a fun and engaging way in the hope that some people will be nudged into action. Our own research shows that people are put off from buying life cover because they think it is unaffordable and perhaps a luxury and so our selfie app has been designed to help challenge that view.”



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