Forbes  3 hrs ago  Comment 
A few days ago over five billion dollars worth of Zero Coupon German government bonds (“Bunds”) were auctioned at a yield of minus five basis points. For me, as for many others, bonds with negative nominal yields hold a fascination – they...
MarketWatch  6 hrs ago  Comment 
Senior executives at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. didn’t have full knowledge of cyberattacks tied to the Chinese government, the agency chairman told lawmakers Thursday.
Insurance Journal  8 hrs ago  Comment 
State officials say damage claims for Montana crops due to hail are nearly double what they’ve been in recent years. The Billings Gazette reports the state Department of Agriculture’s Walt Anseth says farmers submitted 200 insurance claims...
Insurance Journal  8 hrs ago  Comment 
The Allstate Corp. has promoted Patrick Macellaro, vice president, Investor Relations, to president of the Encompass insurance companies. Macellaro will report to Don Civgin, president, Emerging Businesses. Macellaro has more than 20 years of...
Insurance Journal  9 hrs ago  Comment 
Austin, Texas-based insurance agent network, Combined Agents of America LLC (CAA) has hired Peter Cross as its new chief executive officer. CAA has 53 independent agency members in Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska. Cross holds the CPCU, CIC...
Insurance Journal  9 hrs ago  Comment 
XS Brokers, one of the largest independent insurance wholesale brokerages in New England, is opening a new office in the greater Philadelphia area and has hired Alan Dudkiewicz to lead the firm’s efforts in the Pennsylvania-New...
Insurance Journal  12 hrs ago  Comment 
Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) reported that Adam Posner has been named senior underwriter for  Terrorism & Political Violence insurance. Posner will be based in New York and he will report directly to Marcos Garcia Norris, regional...
Insurance Journal  12 hrs ago  Comment 
Penn State coach Joe Paterno was told by a teen boy in 1976 that assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had molested him in the shower but responded that he didn’t want to hear about it and had “a football season to …
Insurance Journal  Jul 14  Comment 
The Bermuda insurance industry is projected to grow at a steady pace as a result of new regulations and consistent growth in external business, such as offshore and captive, according to a new report published by London-based business intelligence...
Insurance Journal  Jul 14  Comment 
New Jersey is offering almost $200 million in incentives over 10 years to insurance, technology and financial companies to operate across the Hudson River from Manhattan. One applicant, Ernst & Young U.S. LLP, would score $40 million over 10 years...


The basics of insurance are simple: one company offers a guarantee future payment for a contracted event. The company offering the guarantee charges a premium for insuring against the event's occurence - in doing so, the insurance company is protecting the client against certain circumstances, say physical capital loss due to a natural disaster. The insurance company assumes all financial responsibility associated with the client’s losses.

Where the business gets complicated is in the calculations of premiums. This involves the use of complex stochastic probabilty models meant to simulate the likelihood of a given event’s occurrence. Not all events are created equal, from an insurance perspective - for some types of insurance a company can accurately predict the probability of occurence (say, automobile insurance, which has such a large sample to study that companies can make accurate predictions and judgments about demographic groups). For events that are harder to predict (say, the future value a Mortgage-Backed Security (MBS)) insurance companies take on greater risk when they issue policies.

The insurance sector itself is segmented into four distinct sub-sectors: Life Insurance, Property & Casualty Insurance, Accident & Health Insurance, and Miscellaneous Insurance.

Insurance Industry Sub-Sectors

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Property & Casualty Insurance

Casualty insurance deals with policies that are written to hedge against the risk of unforeseen accidents. Some examples are insurance policies for auto accidents or losses incurred at sea (Marine Insurance). In general, casualty insurance hedges against risks associated with liability and crime.

Companies within the Casualty and Property Insurance Sub-Sector

Accident & Health Insurance

Health insurance deals with policies that are written to hedge against the risk of unexpected or unexpectedly high health costs. Interestingly, the insurer of health insurance policy can either be from the private sector or the public sector, subsidized by taxes.

Companies within the Accident and Health Insurance Sub-Sector

Financial Guarantors/Assurance

Assurance/guarantor companies provide insurance against default on credit instruments. They collect premiums to insure bonds against defaults and/or losses in value through insurance policies generally called "insurance enhancement products". Some examples are:

Miscellaneous Insurance

Companies within the Misellaneous Insurance Sub-Sector:

Whats Moving the Insurance Sector

Retiring Baby Boomer Generation/Convergence of Insurance Sector and Financial Industry

As the first of the baby boomers are set to retire within the next few years, financial and insurance firms remain pitted in a battle to provide them with financial funds to fuel their retirement. The traditional methods of retirement finance such as social security, 401ks, and corporate pension plans are becoming increasingly riskier as government legislature struggles to find a solution to social security deficits and companies find it harder and harder to meet the promises of current pension plans. Since the lines between financial institutions and insurance institutions has been blurred with the repeal of the 1999 repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, which restricted the ability of insurance companies to provide financial services, aging baby boomers have become an increasingly attractive market to insurance companies.

To compete with the corporate pensions plans provided by the company, insurance companies are offering annuities to retirees. Annuities come in many, often complex, forms and packages. However, the underlying concept remains the same: purchase of the annuity is made with an upfront lump sum, with the promise of a steady periodic income as long as the contract requires.

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Companies in the Insurance Industry (90)

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