Gross premiums written

Gross premiums written

When a non-life insurance company closes a contract to provide insurance against loss, the revenues (premiums) expected to be received over the life of the contract are called gross premiums written. Insurance companies often purchase reinsurance to protect themselves against the risk of a loss above a certain threshold; the cost of reinsurance (reinsurance premiums) is deducted from gross premiums written to arrive at "net premiums written".

Under accrual-basis accounting, only premiums pertaining to the relevant accounting period are recognized as revenues. These premiums are called "net premiums earned".

ee also

*Net premium valuation
*Earned premium

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