Insurance Journal  6 hrs ago  Comment 
Specialist Lloyd’s underwriter Marketform, which operates Syndicate 2468 at Lloyd’s, announced that Roberto Murru joined the company as an underwriter in its growing financial lines team led by Ian West. Fluent in Italian, Murru began his...
Insurance Journal  7 hrs ago  Comment 
U.S. utilities are looking hard at their cyber vulnerabilities and whether they can get insurance to cover what could be a multi-billion dollar loss after hackers cut electric power to more than 80,000 Ukrainians last month. The Dec. 23 incident …
Insurance Journal  7 hrs ago  Comment 
Repeatedly, we have described 2015 as the “year the future arrived for insurance.” Across the board, we saw significant changes in how carriers thought about the impact of new technology and innovation. It was the year in which the Millennial …
Insurance Journal  8 hrs ago  Comment 
Missouri insurance regulators say the application deadline for Missouri Insurance Education Foundation (MIEF) scholarships is March 31. High school seniors and college students, who are Missouri residents may apply for the scholarships, according...
Insurance Journal  8 hrs ago  Comment 
The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) announced that 57 new captive insurance companies domiciled in the state 2015, which represents a 37 percent increase over 2014. The new captives are comprised of 47 pure captives, four Risk...
Insurance Journal  8 hrs ago  Comment 
Insurance broker Hylant has appointed Kim Carpenter vice president of Hylant Select – Indiana. In her new role, she will manage and lead Hylant’s Select business within Indiana and she will be responsible for client service, growth and...
Insurance Journal  9 hrs ago  Comment 
SIAA (Strategic Insurance Agency Alliance), a nationwide insurance agency alliance, has formed a national partnership with identity protection provider LifeLock. Under the partnership, SIAA member agencies can refer their personal lines clients to...
Insurance Journal  Jan 28  Comment 
An investigation into what’s being called one of the largest cases of workers’ compensation health care insurance fraud in California Department of Insurance history led to 13 indictments announced today against seven Southern California-based...
NPR  Jan 28  Comment 
Millions are still uninsured, even as the Jan. 31 deadline to sign up for a plan under the Affordable Care Act approaches. No deadline extensions this year, federal health officials warn.
The Hindu Business Line  Jan 28  Comment 
In a bid to settle crop insurance claims as quickly as possible, the government has decided to purchase unmanned aircraft technology ‘drone’ for assessing crop damage faster and more accurately. The m...


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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