A mutual insurance company is an insurance company owned entirely by its policyholders. Any profits earned by a mutual insurance company are either retained within the company or rebated to policyholders in the form of dividend distributions or reduced future premiums. In contrast, a stock insurance company is owned by investors who have purchased company stock; any profits generated by a stock insurance company are distributed to the investors without necessarily benefiting the policyholders.
- 1 History
- 2 Recent developments in the U.S.
- 3 List of mutual insurance companies
- 4 References
- 5 External links
The concept of mutual insurance originated in England in the late 17th century to cover losses due to fire. The mutual/casualty insurance industry began in the United States in 1752 when Benjamin Franklin established the Philadelphia Contributionship for the Insurance of Houses From Loss by Fire. Mutual property/casualty insurance companies exist now in nearly every country around the globe.
The global trade association for the industry, the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation, claims 216 members in 74 countries, in turn representing over 400 insurers. In North America the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC), founded in 1895, is the sole representative of U.S. and Canadian mutual insurance companies in the areas of advocacy and education.
Recent developments in the U.S.
The "mutual holding company" structure was first introduced in Iowa in 1995, and has spread since then. There have been concerns that the mutual holding company conversion is disadvantageous for the owners of the company, the policyholders, The major disadvantage of mutual insurance companies is the difficulty of raising capital.
List of mutual insurance companies
- Halwell Mutual Insurance Company
- Promutuel Mutual Insurance Company
- Gore Mutual Insurance Company
- The Kings Mutual Insurance Company
- McKillop Mutual Insurance Company
- North Waterloo Farmers Mutual Insurance Company
- Townsend Farmers' Mutual Fire Insurance Company
- The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Co.
- Portage la Prairie Mutual Insurance Company
- Grenville Mutual Insurance Company
- The Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group
- The Equitable Life Insurance Company of Canada
- Trillium Mutual Insurance
- Tryg (owned 60% by the mutual company Tryghedsgruppen)
- The Faroe Insurance Company (Tryggingarfelagið Føroyar)
- Pohjantähti Mutual Insurance www.pohjantahti.fi
General Mutual insurance companies
Health insurance companies
- Asahi Mutual Life Insurance Company
- Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company
- Nippon Life Insurance Company
- Sumitomo Life Insurance Company
- Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Company
- Shepherds Friendly Society
- The Equitable Life Assurance Society
- NFU Mutual
- Engage Mutual Assurance
- Liverpool Victoria
- Health Shield
- Royal London Group
- Together Mutual Insurance
- Acacia Life Insurance Company
- American Family Insurance
- Ameritas Life Insurance Company
- Amica Mutual Insurance Company
- Assurity Life Insurance Company
- Auto-Owners Insurance
- Commonwealth Mutual Insurance Company of America
- Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance
- Co-operative Insurance Companies
- COUNTRY Financial
- CUNA Mutual Group
- Employers Mutual Casualty Company
- FM Global
- Grange Mutual Casualty Company
- Guardian Life
- Health Care Service Corporation (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Michigan, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas)
- Horace Mann
- Lafayette Life
- Liberty Mutual
- Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
- Medical Mutual of Ohio
- Minnesota Mutual Companies, Inc.
- Missouri Employers Mutual
- Mors Mutual Insurance
- Mutual Benefit Life Insurance
- Mutual of America
- Mutual of Omaha
- National Life Group
- Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
- New England Life
- New York Central Mutual Fire Insurance Company
- New York Life
- The Norfolk & Dedham Group
- Noridian Mutual Insurance Company
- Northwestern Mutual
- Ohio National Life Insurance Company
- OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc.
- Pacific Life Insurance Company
- Penn Mutual
- Sawgrass Mutual Insurance Company
- Security Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York
- Sentry Insurance
- Shelter Insurance
- State Farm Insurance
- State Mutual Insurance Company
- UNIFI Companies
- Union Central Life Insurance Company
- Wisconsin Mutual Insurance Company
- Western Mutual Insurance Group
- Wright, Janet; Virginia Wadsley; Janice Artandi (1994). The History of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, A Century of Commitment, 1895–1995. Indianapolis, IN: National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies. pp. 1–5.
- "Association of Mutual Insurers and Insurance Cooperatives in Europe". AMICE. Retrieved 24 February 2011.
- "ICMIF Members list". Retrieved March 5, 2010.
- Wright, Janet; Virginia Wadsley; Janice Artandi (1994). The History of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, A Century of Commitment, 1895–1995. Indianapolis, IN: National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies. p. 21.
- Banstetter et al. (1997). The Mutual Holding Company: A New Structural Option. The Association of Life Insurance Counsel. pp 65-140
- Rambeck R. (2001). Mutual Holding Company: A Shell Game Without the Pea. Insurance Journal.
- What demutualization means for policyholders. Insure.com. January 28, 2003
- "AVBOB – Home Page". avbob.co.za.
- Description of a mutual insurance company from Guardian Life
-  from Securian
- NAMIC – National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies
- ICMIF – International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation
- AFM – Association of Financial Mutuals (UK)
- Reorganization Status of Mutual Life Insurance Companies (USA)
- University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives: Research on the Economic Impact of Cooperatives. Economic Impacts of Cooperatives › Financial Services > Mutual Insurance