Common Categories of Insurance - Explained
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What are Individual vs Group policies?
Insurance policies may cover individuals or groups of individuals for identified risk(s).
Example: Ralph purchases a life insurance policy to cover him individually. Sam purchases a group health policy to cover his entire family.
What are Personal vs Commercial policies?
Insurance policies may cover personal or commercial activity or property.
Example: ABC Corp purchases a property insurance policy to cover its business location and equipment. Quentin purchases a homeowners policy to cover damages caused to his home by wind, fire, etc.
What is Liability Insurance?
Liability insurance policies may indemnify the insured or categories of third parties from potential liability for losses incurred in a specific instance or situation. It is commonly associated with losses suffered as a result of negligent conduct, but also may cover property damages.
Example: Doug is a medical doctor. He purchases liability insurance to cover damages to a patient from negligent performance of his services.
What is Property & Casualty Insurance?
Property and casualty insurance generally insures against damage to the subject property.
Example: Dough purchases a policy that insures his home against damage from all natural elements, such as wind, fire, or ice.
A policy may cover any or all of the above types of contingent risk.
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Can you think of other categories or characteristics of insurance contracts?
Bernard owns a small, home-based business. He has two employees who work at his home and these employees regularly meet with clients at this location. He is looking for an insurance policy to cover the risk of individuals coming onto his property and getting injured? Also, he wants to cover his property against potential theft or damage by clients. What types of coverage does he need?
- What is insurance?
- Captive Agent
- Independent Agent
- Captive Insurance Company
- Combined Ratio
- Claims Adjuster
- Capital at Risk
- Assigned Risk
- Incurred But Not Reported
- Qualified Actuary
- Cession (Re-Insurance)
- Burning Cost Ratio
- What is an insurance contract?
- Accidental Means
- Anti-stacking Provisions
- What is an insurable interest?
- What are the common categorizations of insurance?
- National Association of Insurance Commissioners
- Insurance Regulatory Information System
- American Academy of Actuaries Definition
- American Association of Insurance Services Definition
- American Council of Life Insurance Definition
- American Insurance Association Definition
- American Risk and Insurance Association Definition
- LLoyd's of London
- Associate in Insurance Services (AIS) Definition
- Associate in Loss Control Management Definition
- Associate in Marine Insurance Management Definition
- Associate in Personal Insurance Definition
- Associate in Reinsurance (ARe) Definition
- Associate in Risk Management Definition
- Associate in Commercial Underwriting Definition
- Associate in Insurance Accounting and Finance Definition
- Associate in Surplus Lines Insurance Definition
- Chartered Insurance Professional Definition
- Chartered Life Underwriter Definition
- Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter Definition
- Vehicle insurancePrivate Passenger Auto Insurance Risk Profile
- Underinsured Motorist Coverage
- Uninsured Motorist Coverage
- Omnibus Clause
- Health Maintenance Organization
- Capitated Contract
- Point of Service Plan
- Children's Health Insurance Program
- Disability Insurance?
- Credit Disability Insurance
- Life Insurance?
- Cash Surrender Value
- Absolute Beneficiary
- Acceleration Life Insurance
- Accelerated Benefit
- Accelerated Option
- Accelerative Endowment
- Charitable Gift Life Insurance
- Incontestability Clause
- Waterfall Concept
- Assumed Interest Rate
- Clean Sheeting
- Hazard Insurance
- Homeowners, Renters, and Fire Insurance?
- Participating Community (Flood Insurance)
- Insurance Considerations for Business
- Business Liability Insurance
- Commercial General Liability
- Liability Risk Retention Act
- Excess Insurance and Umbrella Insurance Policy
- Business Interruption Insurance
- Key Person Insurance Definition
- Own-Occupation Policy
- Self-Funded Health Insurance Plan
- Basket Retention Policy
- Commercial Blanket Bond
- Alternative Risk Transfer Market Definition
- Commercial Property Casualty Market Index Survey
- What are the primary obligations of the insurer?
- Earned Premium
- Reservation of Rights Letter
- Collateral Source Rule
- What are the primary obligations of the insured?
- Insurance Premium
- Affidavit of Loss
- What is the general structure of an insurance contract?
- Ambiguity Principle
- Accommodation Line
- What are the common disputed provisions in an insurance contract?
- Absolute Exclusion
- All Risks Clause
- What is required for the termination of an insurance contract?
- Risk Management
- Professional Risk Manager
- Associate in Management (AIM)
- Financial Risk Manager
- Forecasting (Business)
- Objective Probability
- Unconditional Probability
- Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)
- Operational Risk
- Business Recovery Risk
- Political Risk
- Asset Protection
- Performance Bond
- Barra Risk Factor Analysis Definition
- Above Ground Risk (Mining Industry)
- Bumbershoot Policy (Maritime)
- Abandonment Clause (Boat or Vessel)
- Bobtail Liability Insurance (Trucking Industry)
- Anti-Indemnity Statute (Construction)