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What is Insurance?

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What is Insurance?

Policy Brief for the Washington Policy Center

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Insurance is a type of financial product that serves to pool, manage and mitigate against unexpected - almost always negative - events that involve damage to property and damage that the owner of property might do to others. It is an effort to transfer contingent risks - risks that nobody knows definitely will happen - from one party (the insured) to another (the insurer) in exchange for a payment.