Monday, April 15, 2024

The Best Way to Reduce Your Premiums Isn’t What You Think

A cursory search about
the best ways to save money on insurance premiums will produce some predictable

And there’s no denying
that those methods will lead to reductions in your premiums. But it’s really a
matter of what you expect to achieve.

If you want to make a
significant impact on premiums, you have to change your expectations. You can’t
keep doing the same old things if you want real results.

Keep reading to find out
why those methods don’t work and to discover a better, proven approach that
will actually help.

The Wrong Ways to Reduce Premiums

Here are just a few
common ways that you may already be using to
reduce your premiums

Comparing Prices

More choices are
certainly a good thing. But what are you really comparing?

You’re not getting one
insurer’s premium for you versus another one’s. What you’re really getting is
one insurer’s premium for your class of
versus another one’s premiums for the same class of buyer. So,
this doesn’t take your specific case into account. The only premium reductions
you might achieve are from a different insurer’s internal risk profile and
shareholder expectations.

Highlighting Your Past Claims

You’ve had no claims for
the last 10 years, surely that’s a good thing. Maybe, but maybe it doesn’t

An insurer doesn’t care
what happened in the past unless it can help predict the future. If you haven’t
made any claims on your automobile insurance, does that matter when different
employees will drive the cars for the upcoming period?

Packaging Your Insurance Coverage to Get
Better Premiums

Many insurers resort to
buying more insurance to entice insurers with a bigger total package for a
better price. There’s nothing wrong with this, on the surface.

You might get a better
deal on those premiums. But ask yourself this:

Wouldn’t it be an even
better deal if you didn’t insure some of those assets at all? Yes, it probably
would. Claims are much more predictable than you think and by applying
statistical analysis accurately, you can focus on insuring only those assets
that you can’t afford to lose.

A Better Way to Do It

So, what’s the solution?

For starters, shift your
focus from the past to the future. Only future claims are important and the
past only matters insofar as it can help predict the future.

It’s not enough to
strongly emphasize that you’re a good risk. You have to make insurers believe
that you truly understand your risks.

In practice, this means
outlining those risks in a Solvency II-friendly format. It also means making a
realistic plan for mitigating those risks.

Institutional insurance
buyers understand how important it is to present risks favourably. It’s not
uncommon for a large buyer to spend tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds on
an insurance presentation.

But it’s worth it.
Because it can easily mean millions saved on premiums.

If you save the
insurer’s money by reducing their overhead costs, they’ll pass those savings on
to you in the form of reduced premiums. So, don’t be afraid to spend a little
if it means reducing administrative tasks.

And perhaps most
importantly, don’t ask to wipe out their shareholders.

Who’s foolish enough to
do that? As it turns out, far too many insurance buyers.

Suppose you are buying
EL insurance for 1,000 employees with £100m cover per occurrence. What you’re
asking for is to cover the potential of every one of your employees raising a
claim every day that can cost up to £100m each.

In other words, enough
to bankrupt the insurer!

Be extremely careful
about how you word your policy terms and keep in mind that any mistake could
signal to the insurer that you really don’t trust your own risk analysis.

Reduce Premiums Significantly, Safely, and

Don’t settle for a
fractional reduction of your premiums. You can achieve much more than you think
with the right approach.

If you can convince
insurers that you’re aware of your own risk, and you’re willing to take on some
of those risks yourself, you can expect major savings.

Our InsuranceInspect Services consultancy product can help you make sure
you’re putting your best foot forward and negotiate your premiums successfully.

Author’s Bio:

John is an actuary and owner and Director of HJC Actuarial, which
he founded in 2003 and which has advised over 100 clients since it’s’
inception. He has worked in the insurance industry for 30 years, qualifying as
an actuary in 1995 and becoming a Partner in a major global consulting firm in
2000. Since 2003 he has provided independent advice to his clients on optimal
insurance program design, presentation of risks, and premium negotiation with
insurers, insurer solvency assessments, policy wordings, insurer selection, and
insurance broker selection.

Sam Allcock
Sam Allcock
Sam heads up Cheshire-based PR Fire, an online platform that has already helped over 10,000 businesses to grab widespread media coverage on their news at an extremely accessible price point.

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