EARNED PREMIUM – (a) That part of the premium applicable to the expired part of the policy period, including the short-rate premium on cancellation, the entire premium on the amount of loss paid under some contracts, and the entire premium on the contract on the expiration of the policy. (b) That portion of the reinsurance premium calculated on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis which is to be retained by the reinsurer should there cession be canceled. (c) When a premium is paid in advance for a certain time, the company is said to “earn” the premium as the time advances. For example, a policy written for three years and paid for in advance would be one-third “earned” at the end of the first year.
ENTERPRISE RISK MANAGEMENT – An approach for indentifying, controlling and financing of all sources of risk within an organization in a corresponding manner; an effort to provide insurance solutions to business risks not traditionally insured under property and casualty policies.
ERRORS AND OMISSIONS CLAUSE – A provision in reinsurance agreements which is intended to neutralize any change in liability or benefits as a result of an inadvertent error by either party. To the extent possible the parties are placed in the position they would have been if the error had not occurred.
EXCESS INSURANCE – Coverage provided above the major policy’s limit or the insured’s self-insured retention (SIR); typically provides coverage similar to the primary layer.
EXCESS OF LOSS – A form of reinsurance under which recoveries are available when a given loss exceeds the cedant’s retention defined in the agreement.
EXCESS POINT – The dollar addition point for the reinsurer.
EXCLUSIONS – Particular perils and exposures indentified as not being covered under a specific policy.
EX GRATIA PAYMENT – A payment made for which the company is not liable under the terms of its policy. Usually made in lieu of incurring greater legal expenses in defending a claim. Rarely encountered in reinsurance as the reinsurer by custom and for practical reasons follows the fortunes of the ceding company.
EXPENSE RATIO – The percentage of premium used to pay all the costs of acquiring, writing and servicing insurance and reinsurance.
EXPERIENCE – The loss record of an insured or of a class of coverage. Classified statistics of events connected with insurance, of outgo, or of income, actual or estimated. What figures show to have happened in the past.
EXTRA CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS (ECO) – A generic term that, when used in reinsurance agreements, refers to damages awarded by a court against an insurer which are outside the provisions of the insurance policy, due to the insurer’s bad faith, fraud, or gross negligence in the handling of a claim. Examples are punitive damages and losses in excess of policy limits.
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