What Happens To Your Insurance Premiums

People often wonder what exactly happens to the insurance premiums they pay, and while most have a general idea how it works, the specifics may elude them.

In insurance accounting, money is always moving. Insurance companies settle claims, and pay taxes and other business-related costs (such as salaries, equipment and rent) on a daily basis. Insurers set money aside so they can respond quickly to disasters. This is known as a legal reserve, which insurance companies are required by law to maintain. This guarantees that an insurer can pay a large number of claims within a short period of time.

Prudent Insurance Investments

Insurers are among the most careful investors in Canada. On average, approximately three-quarters of their investments are in government bonds. To ensure that insurers can pay claims, the federal government makes certain the industry’s investments are low risk. Insurers strive to maintain portfolios that allow for quick liquidation of investments to pay claims.

Why Do Insurance Companies Invest The Money?

Your insurance company holds your premium until it is needed to pay claims. By investing the money and making a return, the company can offset the cost of claims. This means it can charge you less than you would otherwise pay. In some lines of business, claims can arise years after the policy expires. This requires diligent financial management so such claims can be paid.

Source: Insurance Bureau of Canada

Blenheim Office

24 Marlborough St. N., Box 479
Blenheim, ON N0P1A0

Phone: 519-676-8159
Fax: 519-676-0020

Chatham Office

250 St. Clair St.
Chatham, ON N7L 3J9

Phone: 519-352-4343
Toll Free: 1-800-561-4949
Fax: 519-352-6484

Essex Office

29 Talbot St. N, Box 69
Essex, ON N8M 2Y1

Phone: 519-776-6457
Fax: 519-776-7400

Harrow Office

65 King St. W., Box 790
Harrow, ON N0R 1G0

Phone: 519-738-2277
Fax: 519-738-2279

Tilbury Office

59 Mill St. E, Box 1239
Tilbury, ON N0P 2L0

Phone: 519-682-0202
Fax: 519-682-2391

Wallaceburg Office

403 Wellington St.
Wallaceburg, ON N8A 2Y2

Phone: 519-627-1777