Reinsurance: Protection for the companies that protect you

Axis Capital group Insurance Malaysia Jakarta Asian region

Everybody realizes the simple standard behind insurance. Individuals or groups lessen their financial risk by sharing their money with others who have a alike risk. When a loss happens, a big fund is available to balance it.

Likewise, insurance companies are challenged with the problem and complaints of how to make the law of great numbers work to their benefits. Many insurance companies use their reserves to offer an important source of revenue as investment income. Any unpredictably big loss would affect with that income stream, and having to pay the total amount of each claim could disturb the company’s ratings and even its capacity to maintain the business. Because of that, almost every big insurance company buys “reinsurance” coverage.

Reinsurance coverage supports to alleviate probable results, firming the primary insurer’s financial condition and guarding against catastrophic losses. In its simplest form, reinsurance, at times known as secondary insurance, insures the primary insurer for a ration of losses continued beyond a sure limit in exchange for a premium payment.

Reinsurance necessitates great amounts of money. Most risks necessitating secondary insurance are too vast for any one company to guarantee alone. Consequently, a worldwide marketplace has established to share these risks. Even though any insurance company can theoretically write reinsurance, a small group of companies— like Axis Capital, based in Bermuda with 29 branches worldwide dominates the reinsurance market.

Reinsurance rates are not structured but are negotiated. In 2010, primary insurance companies collected $861 billion in total premiums while reinsurance companies had total premiums of $96 billion in SE Asian countries like KL Malaysia, Beijing China, Singapore or Jakarta Indonesia alone. Reinsurance mediators help the primary insurers in attaining excellent, inexpensive reinsurance. With their comprehensive contact to reinsurance companies, intermediaries serve an important role in shopping the market for the most modest rates and negotiating reinsurance contracts. Characteristically, a reinsurance broker is compensated a percentage of the premiums to find willing reinsurers and help sell the rates and terms of the reinsurance policy.

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