People with secured loans should consider taking out insurance to protect themselves financially, it has been suggested.
According to AXA Life, young people in particularly do not consider the need to prepare for the event that they will be unable to work.
Director of marketing protection Iain Mallon explained that older people are generally more comfortable with such thoughts because of their life experience, but younger consumers have not yet reached that stage.
"It's not the sort of thing you get up in the mornings to do and quite often you need prompting to do that," he said.
Mr Mallon's comments came following AXA's findings that nearly half of all women do not have any form of protection.
And of those, 55 per cent have a long-term commitment such as a secured loan or rental payments to consider in the event that they become unable to work.
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