Combination Agency

Definition of 'Combination Agency'


A type of agency which combines segments that are normally separate. A combination agency will take two separate but related services and provide them both to customers. In life insurance, a combination agency could sell both ordinary life insurance as well as industrial life coverage, or it could provide both life insurance and health insurance. These agencies stand in contrast to those that focus on only one type of service. Also known as combination companies.

Investopedia explains 'Combination Agency'


Many life insurance agencies are combination agencies. The agency may have separate agents or brokers that focus on one type of coverage or the other, or they may all sell both lines. Companies will do this when they feel the services provided are close enough that customers will benefit from a one-stop shop. Also, combination companies can increase their revenue by offering both lines of coverage. Some regulations prevent certain companies from providing two related services, for example some financial institutions might not be able to provide banking services and life insurance in the same branch. Instead, customers might be directed to call for the service.

Fire departments refer to combination agencies as departments with both volunteer and paid employees.



comments powered by Disqus
Hot Definitions
  1. XW

    A symbol used to signify that a security is trading ex-warrant. XW is one of many alphabetic qualifiers that act as a shorthand to tell investors key information about a specific security in a stock quote. These qualifiers should not be confused with ticker symbols, some of which, like qualifiers, are just one or two letters.
  2. Quanto Swap

    A swap with varying combinations of interest rate, currency and equity swap features, where payments are based on the movement of two different countries' interest rates. This is also referred to as a differential or "diff" swap.
  3. Genuine Progress Indicator - GPI

    A metric used to measure the economic growth of a country. It is often considered as a replacement to the more well known gross domestic product (GDP) economic indicator. The GPI indicator takes everything the GDP uses into account, but also adds other figures that represent the cost of the negative effects related to economic activity (such as the cost of crime, cost of ozone depletion and cost of resource depletion, among others).
  4. Accelerated Share Repurchase - ASR

    A specific method by which corporations can repurchase outstanding shares of their stock. The accelerated share repurchase (ASR) is usually accomplished by the corporation purchasing shares of its stock from an investment bank. The investment bank borrows the shares from clients or share lenders and sells them to the company.
  5. Microeconomic Pricing Model

    A model of the way prices are set within a market for a given good. According to this model, prices are set based on the balance of supply and demand in the market. In general, profit incentives are said to resemble an "invisible hand" that guides competing participants to an equilibrium price. The demand curve in this model is determined by consumers attempting to maximize their utility, given their budget.
  6. Centralized Market

    A financial market structure that consists of having all orders routed to one central exchange with no other competing market. The quoted prices of the various securities listed on the exchange represent the only price that is available to investors seeking to buy or sell the specific asset.
Trading Center