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Insurance company "record profits"



The usual suspects are complaining that property insurance companies made "record profits," complete with an unironic clip-art of a heavyset plutocrat sitting on a pile of moneybags. It's pointless and dishonest to look at insurance profits for a single year. Insurance companies insure against the risk of rare catastrophes. A bad hurricane wipes out five or ten years of profits. If insurance companies are not allowed to make "record profits" in a year when there are few hurricanes, they will have no money to pay claims in a year when there are severe hurricanes. (This isn't the first time CJ&D releases misleading info.)

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Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy
rmangual@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Manhattan Institute
klazarski@manhattan-institute.org

 

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