How Do Insurance Companies Make Money?

My question to every single one of you out there is, “What service do you pay for all your life but get penalized for using?”  If your guess was INSURANCE ding, ding, ding, you win.

I’m sick and tired of people coming into my office shocked and dismayed that their insurance company would “drop” them or significantly raise their premiums if they were to ever have a claim on their insurance.  Wikipedia explains the way in which insurance companies make money as:

Profit = earned premium + investment income – incurred loss – underwriting expenses.

Insurers make money in two ways: (1) through underwriting, the process by which insurers select the risks to insure and decide how much in premiums to charge for accepting those risks and (2) by investing the premiums they collect from insured parties.

I have heard this comment,

“I’ve never had a problem with my insurance company and I have had them for 25 years!”

Well how many times have you had a claim against them or have you just paid your premium every six months for the past 25 years and watched them collect on that premium?

Insurance is a much needed service but don’t go armed with a knife to a gunfight when dealing with them. Hire an attorney. You wouldn’t call a plumber to fix your car. Why trust an insurance adjuster that is paid to make money for their employer?

“Insurance ain’t nothing but a tax you have to live with. Cause you can’t get anything without it and it won’t pay you back.” –Client