Equalization Reserve

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Equalization Reserve'

A long-term reserve that an insurance company keeps for the purpose of preventing cash-flow depletion in the event of a significant unforeseen catastrophe.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Equalization Reserve'

A disastrous event such as a flood, earthquake, or fire can result in the severe depletion of an insurance company's equalization reserve. These reserves could be seen as the company's personal "rainy day fund," compensating for unforeseen and often expensive events.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Insurance

    A contract (policy) in which an individual or entity receives ...
  2. Hazard Insurance

    Insurance that protects a property owner against damage caused ...
  3. Named Perils Insurance Policy

    A home insurance policy that only provides coverage on losses ...
  4. Mass Merchandising

    A method of selling insurance policies in which an employer or ...
  5. Reinsurance Ticket

    A notification made by an insurer which discloses the different ...
  6. Shortfall Cover

    A reinsurance agreement used to temporarily reduce gaps in an ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. What level of reserve ratios is typical for an insurance company to protect against ...

    In the United States, and most developed nations, regulators impose required statutory capital reserve ratios on insurance ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. What risks do I face when investing in the insurance sector?

    Like all equity investments, insurance companies present investors with market risk. Insurance companies, like banks, also ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. Why do insurance policies have deductibles?

    Insurance policies have deductibles for behavioral and financial reasons. Moral Hazards Deductibles mitigate the behavioral ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. Can I buy insurance to reduce unlimited liability in a partnership?

    Partnership insurance is actually quite common. Most of the time, partners buy insurance to safeguard against the possibility ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. Is it more important to have a low deductible or a low premium?

    The choice between a low deductible or a low premium is a personal one. There is no right or wrong arrangement, but there ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. What kinds of costs are included in Free on Board (FOB) shipping?

    Free on board (FOB) shipping is a trade term published by the International Chamber of Commerce or ICC, that indicates which ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Insurance

    Insurance Tips For Homeowners

    Use these simple ideas to save money and get better coverage for your house.
  2. Insurance

    15 Insurance Policies You Don't Need

    Learn how to save money by saying "no" to unnecessary coverage.
  3. Home & Auto

    Exploring Advanced Insurance Contract Fundamentals

    Understanding your contract can help you protect our family's financial security.
  4. Home & Auto

    5 Insurance Policies Everyone Should Have

    Insurance policies come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Shop carefully and the right policies will go a long way towards helping you protect your assets.
  5. Home & Auto

    Life Insurance Clauses Determine Your Coverage

    Understanding these key parts of your policy will help you to ensure that your family will be covered.
  6. Options & Futures

    Let Life Insurance Riders Drive Your Coverage

    Find out how these additional benefits can help you customize your policy.
  7. Insurance

    The Best Way to Insure Your Jewelry

    What you need to know to keep those baubles, bangles and beads safe.
  8. Insurance

    Who Needs Extortion Insurance?

    Insurance can help mitigate the financial damage of an extortion plot, but it’s important to read the fine print before taking out one of these policies.
  9. Insurance

    Indexed Universal Life Insurance: The Pros & Cons

    What you need to know, to see if these vehicles fit into your financial plan.
  10. Insurance

    Do You Need Kidnap & Ransom Insurance?

    Americans working abroad – and high-profile individuals traveling frequently in kidnapping hot spots – should consider this type of protection.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. OsMA

    An abbreviation for Oscillator - Moving Average. OsMA is used in technical analysis to represent the variance between an ...
  2. Investopedia

    One of the best-known sources of financial information on the internet. Investopedia is a resource for investors, consumers ...
  3. Unfair Claims Practice

    The improper avoidance of a claim by an insurer or an attempt to reduce the size of the claim. By engaging in unfair claims ...
  4. Killer Bees

    An individual or firm that helps a company fend off a takeover attempt. A killer bee uses defensive strategies to keep an ...
  5. Sin Tax

    A state-sponsored tax that is added to products or services that are seen as vices, such as alcohol, tobacco and gambling. ...
  6. Grandfathered Activities

    Nonbank activities, some of which would normally not be permissible for bank holding companies and foreign banks in the United ...
Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!