Life And Health Insurance by Harold D. SkipperLife And Health Insurance by Harold D. Skipper

Life And Health Insurance

byHarold D. Skipper, Kenneth Black

Paperback | September 7, 1999

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This current, accurate and detailed industry guide for financial service professionals examines life and health insurance simultaneously from the viewpoints of the buyer, the advisor, and the insurer—providing a comprehensive and unbiased treatise on individual and group life; a forthright appraisal of life and health insurance industry products with careful consideration of the environment; and a complete examination of life insurance company operations and regulation. Bases financial treatment of life insured operations on modern financial theory, and devotes entire chapters to the economics of life and health insurance; individual life and health insurance policies; life and health insurance evaluation; the uses of life and health insurance in personal and business planning; government and employee benefit plans; and the management, operation, and regulation of life insurance companies. Offers a strong global orientation, supporting fundamental concepts with an extensive integration of economic and financial theory and international comparisons, and examines how today's health insurance products fit into a broad framework from a contractual, cost, and performance viewpoints. New chapters on the tax treatment of life and health insurance address such areas as estate planning, retirement planning, and the business uses of life and health insurance. For financial planners, salesmen, actuaries, investment managers, attorneys, CPAs, and other financial service professionals.

Title:Life And Health InsuranceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:1072 pages, 9.7 × 7.4 × 2 inPublished:September 7, 1999Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0138912505

ISBN - 13:9780138912505

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Table of Contents

I. INTRODUCTION TO LIFE AND HEALTH INSURANCE.

 1. Economic Security and the Economics of Life and Health Insurance.

 2. Life and Health Insurance Pricing Fundamentals.

 3. The History and Importance of Life and Health Insurance.

II. TYPES, USES, AND EVALUATION OF LIFE AND HEALTH INSURANCE.

Individual Life and Health Insurance Policies.

 4. Introduction to Life and Health Insurance Products. 5. Whole Life Insurance Policies. 6. Universal Life Insurance Policies. 7. Health Insurance Policies. 8. Annuities and Optional Benefits.
Life and Health Insurance Evaluation.

 9. Life and Health Insurance Contracts: I.10. Life and Health Insurance Contracts: II.11. Insurance Advisor and Company Evaluation.12. Life Insurance Policy Evaluation.
Uses of Life and Health Insurance in Personal and Business Planning.

13. Life and Health Insurance Taxation.14. Life and Health Insurance in Personal Financial Planning.15. Estate Planning.16. Retirement Planning.17. Business Planning.
Government and Employee Benefit Plans.

18. Group Insurance.19. Health Care Plans: I.20. Health Care Plans: II.21. Retirement Plans.22. Social Insurance.

III. THE MANAGEMENT, OPERATION, AND REGULATION OF LIFE INSURANCE COMPANIES.

Overview of Life Insurance Management and Operation.

23. Life Insurance Company Organization and Management.24. Marketing Life and Health Insurance.
Underwriting Life and Health Insurance.

25. Life and Health Insurance Underwriting: I.26. Life and Health Insurance Underwriting: II.
Pricing Life and Health Insurance.

27. Life and Health Insurance Actuarial Principles.28. Net Premiums.29. Life Insurance Reserves and Cash Values.30. Gross-Premium Rate Structures and Nonguaranteed Policy Elements.31. The Pricing of Health Insurance.
Financial Management and Reporting.

32. Life Insurer Financial Management: I.33. Life Insurer Financial Management: II.34. Life Insurer Financial Reporting.
Regulation and Taxation.

35. Regulation and Taxation of Life and Health Insurance.