Sunday, 22 November 2009

Responding to risks: Insuring risks

Insuring risks is similar to transferring them, but rather than asking another company to tkae action if a risk occurs, you ask them to financially compensate you for its occurrence.

As with transferring, the company will want payment for taking on the risk in this way.  This is familair concept from everyday life, where we have to insure our household goods, cars and mortgage repayments against a number of downside risks, from theft and accident to death.

Business also invest in many types of insurance, including public liability, employer's liability and so on.

Insurance is often a good response to operational risks.  It is particualrly appropriate for low-probability downsides with hugely significant impacts, such as a fire at the workplace.

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