Berkshire Sets Up New Unit to Sell Insurance Online

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Berkshire Hathaway has set up a new insurance company specifically to sell insurance online to medium and large companies. The company, Berkshire Hathaway Direct Insurance Company (BHDIC), will utilize staffing and resources from Berkshire’s other insurance companies.

BHDIC will initially market workers’ compensation and business owners’ package policies.

Back office operations and investment management will be supported by affiliated Berkshire Hathaway companies. BHDIC’s risk management, including overall exposures, risk appetite and control systems, will be fully incorporated into National Indemnity Company’s (NICO) existing risk management program.

BHDIC was established using the shell of the American Centennial Insurance Company, which Berkshire took over in 2008.

Stable Ratings

Ratings agency A.M. Best has given the company an A++ rating and an issuer credit rating (ICR) of “aaa”.

A.M. Best based the ratings on BHDIC’s 90% quota share agreement with NICO, which has been rated “aaa” for the past 10 years.

© 2015 David Mazor

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