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Insurance Journal  1 hr ago  Comment 
The new Florida drone privacy law could have some unintended consequences for insurers looking to use or insure unmanned aircraft systems (UAM) technology. The Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act (FUSA), which took effect in Florida July 1,...
guardian.co.uk  2 hrs ago  Comment 
Bank sets aside further £600m for payment protection insurance mis-selling as it reports a 25% rise in first-half profits Barclays set aside £1.8bn in the first half of the year to compensate customers for a string of mis-selling scandals and...
Insurance Journal  3 hrs ago  Comment 
Hamilton Underwriting Limited, the Lloyd’s managing agency of Bermuda-based holding company Hamilton Insurance Group, announced that Trevor Carvey has been hired as head of treaty. Carvey will report to Dermot O’Donohoe, chief executive...
Insurance Journal  3 hrs ago  Comment 
Marsh & McLennan Cos., the largest insurance broker by market value, is seeking ways to cut tax obligations as rivals shift to Europe, where rates are lower. “The search for tax efficiency for us started several years ago,” Dan Glaser, chief...
Insurance Journal  3 hrs ago  Comment 
Irish state-owned health insurer Vhi Insurance DAC borrowed money from Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. to help avoid a bailout as the company comes under central bank regulation for the first time. Berkshire gave Vhi a 90 million-euro...
Insurance Journal  4 hrs ago  Comment 
Mobile, Ala., officials have unveiled a new public safety initiative that will allow police access to more than 2,000 surveillance cameras. AL.com reports that as of July 23, the Mobile Police Department had access to over 2,000 live security...
Insurance Journal  5 hrs ago  Comment 
Records show that collisions between vehicles and deer in South Carolina are declining. The State in Columbia reports that a review by South Carolina public safety officials shows that vehicles and deer collided more than 2,200 times in 2014. That...
The Australian  6 hrs ago  Comment 
The medical profession has been “emotive” in its response to its stoush with private insurers, analysts say.
Motley Fool  12 hrs ago  Comment 
The insurance provider does a lot of business in Japan, where a weak yen hurt its revenue and earnings.
MarketWatch  Jul 28  Comment 
U.K. stocks are higher, with RSA Insurance surging on word of possible takeover bid. But Royal Mail shares struggle




 
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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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