Insurance Journal  28 min ago  Comment 
Cyclone Debbie cost Swiss Re an estimated $350 million and the insurance industry roughly $1.3 billion, the world’s second-biggest reinsurer said on Thursday, an unusually high loss that could see reinsurance prices rise in Australia. Cyclone...
Insurance Journal  4 hrs ago  Comment 
Now that cyber attacks and data breaches have become common, insurers and risk managers are struggling to assign the resulting costs and losses among different types of insurance. On the one hand, there are traditional property and liability...
Clusterstock  Apr 12  Comment 
Healthcare is expensive, and the costs are something Americans are increasingly exposed to.  In particular, high-deductible health plans are on the rise. According to a September survey, the percentage of workers with an insurance plan that...
Insurance Journal  Apr 12  Comment 
The Woodlands, Texas-based insurance agency, The Woodlands Financial Group (TWFG), is honoring 20-plus members of its TWFG President’s Club and their guests the Dream Resorts Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort and Spa from April 19-23. In an agency...
Insurance Journal  Apr 12  Comment 
The Oklahoma House Insurance Committee has passed a bill that will allow individuals to purchase health insurance across state lines. Senate Bill 478, by state Rep. Lewis Moore and Bill Brown of the Senate, will allow the Oklahoma Insurance...
Insurance Journal  Apr 12  Comment 
Newport Beach, Calif.-based Alliant Insurance Services has combined its portfolio of specialty insurance practices under one banner forming the Alliant specialty group. The group will be led by Peter Arkley, who is with the construction services...
Insurance Journal  Apr 12  Comment 
The Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies (cyber rules) promulgated by the New York Department of Financial Services went into effect on March 1. Now, insurance companies, agencies, brokerages and producers (insurance...
Forbes  Apr 12  Comment 
Rare bipartisan healthcare legislation has emerged in the U.S. Senate to broaden access to telehealth services for seniors covered by Medicare insurance. The Telehealth Innovation and Improvement Act was introduced last month by Sens. Cory Gardner...
Insurance Journal  Apr 12  Comment 
The revised estimate of property insurance losses for Windstorm Egon, which hit France and Germany on Jan. 12-13, 2017, is €234 million ($243 million), according to PERILS AG, the independent Zurich-based company that provides industry-wide...


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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