The spreading of risk and division of client premiums among insurance companies allowing the sharing of the burden of a large risk. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary

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reinsurance re‧in‧sur‧ance [ˌriːɪnˈʆʊərəns ǁ -ˈʆʊr-] noun [uncountable]
INSURANCE when an insurance company arranges to share a large insurance risk with other companies. All companies then pay their part of any losses

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   The spreading of risks in the insurance market. A company will insure a risk and then pass on some of the exposure by taking out reinsurance contracts with other companies. There is a danger that risks may be passed from hand to hand and end up with unreliable companies, or even inadvertently back in the hands of the original insurer.

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reinsurance UK US (also re-insurance) /ˌriːɪnˈʃɔːrəns/ noun [U] INSURANCE
insurance bought by an insurance company to protect itself against large demands from its customers: »

The cost of reinsurance has risen dramatically.

buy/purchase/sell reinsurance »

It plans to buy about $335 million of reinsurance to protect against environmental and other liabilities.


a reinsurance business/broker/company


the reinsurance industry/market

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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