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Episode 1623rd June 2022 • The Practical Protection Podcast • Kathryn Knowles
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Hi everyone, we have a brand new podcast episode where I am speaking to Tim Smith of Hannover Re about reinsurance and how it mixes with the wider insurance sector. 

As a protection insurance adviser I found it really weird to suddenly realise that there is an insurer that backs the insurers that I arrange policies with. Granted this was quite a while ago now, but it was a little bit after I started my career that this was pointed out to me. Coming from a purely protection insurance space and not being an adviser as my starting job, I only learned about this once I started to experience quite strong premium loadings for clients. We would challenge decisions and the insurers would say, sorry it’s what the reinsurers are telling us to do.

I think that there are probably quite a few people who don’t understand how reinsurers and insurers work, both from within our industry and outside of it too. Quite often I explain it to clients and I’ve yet to meet one who knew about this interplay already.

The key takeaways:

  • Reinsurers set the core underwriting manuals that insurers then use to build their own philosophies.
  • Reinsurers are a vital part of the insurance industry as they hold the majority of the financial risk, enabling insurers to offer protection insurance to more and more people.
  • Risk pooling in group, genetics and potentially socio-economic groupings are key areas for ongoing debate.

Next time Matt Rann will be joining me and will be talking about getting insurance when you have schizophrenia.

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If you want to know more about how to arrange protection insurance, take a look at my Protection Insurance in Practice course here.