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UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

College of Business

D E P A R T M E N T O F F I N A N C E
Finance 230 Assignment 5

Fall, 2007 Due: September 28, 2007




  1. Which of the following is the best reason that the State Farm Car Policy excludes physical damage coverage for “war of any kind” (page 22)?




  1. To make the policy economically feasible

  2. To standardize the risk

C. To reduce the risk of a catastrophe

  1. To avoid losses that are not fortuitous

E. To avoid duplication of coverage
Explanation: War is a form of catastrophic event which can cause damages to many policyholders at the same time.
2. You purchase an insurance policy with the Hartford Insurance Company through an independent insurance agent. At renewal, the agent does not send your premium to the company, but uses a Hartford form to indicate that you have coverage. When you have a claim, which of the following will occur:
A. The company will pay your claim due to the law of agency

B. The company will not pay your claim due to the law of agency

C. The company will not pay your claim since they did not receive consideration

D. The company will pay your claim based on utmost good faith

E. None of the above
Explanation: Because of law of agency, the agent is an agent of the company and they are responsible for their agent’s actions. In this case, you have fulfilled your part of the agreement by paying the premium to the agent, and you are entitled to receive payment for the claim you made. The company may be able to collect damages from the agent, but is still responsible to you for paying the claim.
3. On September 14, 2007, a man submitted an application and payment as a conditional receipt for life insurance naming his wife as a beneficiary. On September 25, 2007, he died in an auto accident. If the insurer declined coverage on September 30, 2007, due to a health condition revealed in a medical exam performed one week after the application was submitted, would the company have to pay the policy proceeds to the wife?
A. Yes B. No C. It depends on the company’s policy

D. Only if the accident was caused by the health condition that was the reason for rejection

E. None of the above
Explanation: As this is a conditional receipt, you only have coverage if the company accepts the risk. As the man did not qualify for insurance based on information provided prior to the accident, the insurer is not responsible for paying the claim.
4. Which part of the insurance contract is the statement on page 3 that states, “Relative – means a person related to you or your spouse by blood, marriage or adoption who resides primarily with you. It includes your unmarried and unemancipated child away at school.”
A. Application B. Declarations C. Insuring clause

D. Conditions E. Exclusions and exceptions


Explanation: The Declarations identify the person covered and clarify and define terms that are used throughout the policy.
5. Based on the large loss principle, which of the following is the most important coverage in your State Farm Car Policy?
A. Collision B. Comprehensive C. Liability

D. Emergency Road Service E. Medical Payments


Explanation: Due to current legal system, there is no cap on liability litigations, meaning that losses can be potentially huge and unaffordable. Other damages such as comprehensive and collision can be measured monetarily. Your policy provides bodily injury liability coverage up to $100,000 for any one person or $300,000 in total from one accident, plus up to $100,000 property damage liability. This protection is much higher than under any other coverage.
6. An A+ rating from which of the following rating services indicates a financially strong insurer:

I A. M. Best

II Standard and Poor’s

III Moody’s

IV Duff & Phelps

V Weiss



  1. I only B. II and V C. II, III and IV

D. I, II and III E. None of the above
Explanation: A+ is a favorable rating, based on Professor Belth’s advice, for A. M. Best and Weiss. (Slide 7 from Session 9)
7. When buying auto insurance through an agent, all things being equal, you would prefer to deal with an agent with the following designation:
A. CLU B. ChFC C. CPCU

D. CFP E. FSA


Explanation: CPCU stands for Charted Property Casualty Underwriter, and it is an important credential for agents who are involved in auto insurance. Collision and liability are examples of property and casualty losses.
8. Your neighbor, who has his own insurance policy with Allstate with the same coverages you have with your State Farm Policy, borrows your car and runs into a tree, causing $2500 in damage to your car. Which of the following provisions keeps you from collecting for this loss under both your policy and your neighbor's?

A. Lack of an insurable interest B. Subrogation



C. Other insurance provisions D. Estoppel

E. None of the above


Explanation: Your neighbor is an insured under your policy while driving your car. Your policy is primary, and your neighbor’s policy is excess. This is an Other insurance provision. Answer B is a wrong answer since State Farm cannot subrogate when it is providing coverage for the driver.
9. You would like to obtain information about the level of service an insurance company can be expected to provide if you were to purchase coverage from them. Which of the following sources would be useful in evaluating this factor?
I A. M. Best

II The policy

III Consumer Reports

IV Illinois Complaint Ratios

V Weiss
A. II and III

B. III and IV

C. II, III and V

D. I, II, III, IV and V

E. None of the above


Explanation: Choice I and V find out the fiscal shape of insurance companies. Choice II has no direct relationship to services in that it is the promised coverage that insurance companies are selling to you. Choice III and IV are reports of the company’s level of service.

10. According to Gail Ross, the guest speaker on September 14, what was the first risk that Gail Ross underwrote for Traveler’s Insurance and what happened to that risk?


A. An individual for an auto policy who got into an accident the next day

B. An ice cream parlor for a building that burned down a week later

C.  A middle-aged man for life insurance who died within the year

D.  A workers’ compensation policy for what was a fictitious off-shore business

E. An umbrella policy for a business that was later sued for product liability


Explanation: Gail did not have an auspicious start to her underwriting career.

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