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Fortunately, there are a number of techniques for handling risks. The nature of a specific risk and the circumstances (extent of exposure, available resources, and so forth) often dictate which technique, or combination of techniques, is most appropriate. Basically, there are five methods for dealing with risk. It is easy to remember these by thinking of the acronym STARR.
Sharing—Sometimes, when a risk cannot be avoided and retention would involve too much exposure to loss, we may choose risk sharing as a means of handling the risk. By sharing risk with someone else, an individual also shares potential losses. That is, the individual’s own loss may not be as great if it occurs, but the individual may have to pay a portion of the losses experienced by others.
Transfer—Risk transfer means transferring the risk of loss to another party, usually an insurance company, that is more willing or able to bear the risk. Some non-insurance transfers of risk occur, such as when one agrees to assume the risk of another under the terms of a written contract.
Avoidance—As the name implies, this technique deals with risk by avoiding the risk in the first place. This usually means not undertaking an activity that could involve the chance of loss. For example, by never flying, one could eliminate the risk of being in an airplane crash.
Reduction—Sometimes, when risks cannot be avoided, they can be reduced. Risk reduction can work in one of two ways: it can reduce the chance that a particular loss will occur, or it can reduce the amount of a potential loss if it occurs. For example, installing a smoke alarm in a home would not lesson the possibility of fire, but it would reduce the risk of the loss from the fire.
Retention—Retention simply means doing nothing about the risk. In other words, people assume or retain the risk and, in effect, become self-insurers. For example, the insured would pay a smaller portion of the loss than the insurer, such as paying a deductible.
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Did you know that The Insurance and Investment Journal recently reported 10-year term life insurance rates have reduced in cost drastically over the years. The article cites many examples of companies that have significantly reduced their premiums.
Transamerica Life (http://lsminsurance.ca/canadian-life-insurance-companies/transamerica-life-ca…) for example, offered a 40-year-old, male non-smoker $500,000 of Term 10 coverage in 1998 at a rate of $510 per year and that same 40-year-old male non-smoker can now get $500,000 of Term 10 coverage for $365 a year.
BMO Insurance (http://lsminsurance.ca/canadian-life-insurance-companies/bmo-life-insurance), which previously sold their product under AIG Life of Canada name, would have charged that 40-year-old, male non-smoker $565 in 1998 and now offers the same plan at $380 a year. The downside for consumers, though, is that renewal premiums have risen dramatically in recent years. Ten years ago, insurance companies were charging renewal premiums that were two to three times the initial annual premium, but now many insurance companies offer renewal premiums in excess of seven times the initial annual premium.
Most life insurance companies in Canada offer similar rates among their term 10 lineup, but there can be big differences in the riders or features available on the policies. Additionally, brokers can add value by knowing how each company underwrites risk. Some life insurance companies treat certain conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, more favourably than others. This is why it’s important that you work with a broker who is familiar with the underwriting process.
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