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  • Tax Glossary

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    General Account:

    An undivided account in which life insurers record all incoming funds. A general account is usually an insurer's largest, although separate accounts can also be used to fund specific liabilities as well.

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    General Liability Insurance:

    Insurance designed to protect business owners and operators from a wide variety of liability exposures. Exposures could include liability arising from accidents resulting from the insured's premises or operations, products sold by the insured, operations completed by the insured, and contractual liability.

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    Glossary of Insurance Terms

    No insurance resource would be complete without a comprehensive glossary of terms. We've compiled a list of terms and their definitions to better help you navigate the sometimes confusing world of insurance.

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    Grace Period:

    The length of time (usually 31 days) after a premium is due and unpaid during which the policy, including all riders, remains in force. If a premium is paid during the grace period, the premium is considered to have been paid on time. In Universal Life policies, it typically provides for coverage to remain in force for 60 days following the date cash value becomes insufficient to support the payment of monthly insurance costs.

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    Gross Leverage:

    The sum of net leverage and ceded reinsurance leverage. This ratio measures a company's gross exposure to pricing errors in its current book of business, to errors of estimating its liabilities, and exposure to its reinsurers.

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    Group annuity:

    A pension plan providing annuities at retirement to a group of people under a master contract, usually issued to an employer for the benefit of employees. Each group member holds a certificate as evidence of his or her annuity.

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    Group life insurance:

    Life insurance on a group of people, usually issued to an employer for the benefit of employees. Each group member holds a certificate as evidence of his or her insurance.

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    Guaranteed Insurability Option:

    See "future purchase option."

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    Guaranteed interest contract (GIC):

    A contract offered by an insurance company guaranteeing a rate of return on assets for a fixed period, and payment of principal and accumulated interest at the end of the period. GICs sometimes are used to fund the fixed-income option in defined contribution plans, such as 401(k)s.

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    Guaranteed Issue Right:

    The right to purchase insurance without physical examination; the present and past physical condition of the applicant are not considered.

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    Guaranteed Renewable:

    A policy provision in many products which guarantees the policy owner the right to renew coverage at every policy anniversary date. The company does not have the right to cancel coverage except for nonpayment of premiums by the policy owner; however, the company can raise rates if they choose.

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    Guaranty Association:

    An organization of life insurance companies within a state responsible for covering the financial obligations of a member company that becomes insolvent.

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