Stock Insurance Company

Definition - What does Stock Insurance Company mean?

A stock insurance company is an insurance company that has stockholders as owners, instead of policyholders. These shareholders make a profit from dividends, or from the increase of the stock price over time. However, they may also sustain losses if the stock value goes down.

Insuranceopedia explains Stock Insurance Company

Stock insurance companies are an alternative to mutual insurance companies. With the latter, it is the policyholders, and not the share or stockholders, who own the business. The policyholders' interests are prioritized in a stock insurance company however. This means that stockholders only get paid dividends if the needs of the policyholders are taken care of first and there is money still left over. Many people chose to buy stock in stock insurance companies as an investment.

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