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BRASS Business Guide - INSURANCE: General Industry Information

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How Can I Find General Information About the Insurance Industry?

The Center for Insurance Policy and Research (CIPR) - The mission for the CIPR is to serve federal and state lawmakers, federal and state regulatory agencies, international regulatory agencies, and insurance consumers, by enhancing intergovernmental cooperation and awareness, improving consumer protection and promoting legitimate marketplace competition.

Insurance Information Institute (III) - Insurance Industry Overview - Information about the industry including an overview and many specialized topics.

Insurance Information Institute Media Resources  - Source of information for industry issues, statistics, market size, financials, outlook, analysis, and other research on the insurance industry. The Insurance Fact Book includes trends and statistics on the insurance industry as a whole with a special emphasis on losses, market overviews of the industry, factors affecting costs, losses by category, laws affecting motorists, premiums. Print copies of the Insurance Fact Book, the Financial Services Fact Book, and the International Fact Book can also be ordered from

Life Insurers Fact Book   American Council of Life Insurers - Statistics and information on trends in the life insurance industry. Specific topics covered include assets, liabilities, income, expenditures, reinsurance, life insurance, and annuities. Print version is available as a free download

Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys (New York: McGraw-Hill) - Overviews of how the insurance industry operates, leading companies, trends, and other background information with separate reports for Life & Health and Property-Casualty. Available online via the the S&P NetAdvantage database.   

U.S. Census Health Insurance Data - Data on health insurance coverage, reports, working papers, coverageBrings together all the Census data collected on health insurance.

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