Free Asset Ratio

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Free Asset Ratio

A measure of an insurance company's ability to expand its services. It is calculated as the total value of its assets over and above the value of its assets that are used to collateralize individual policies.
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The key measures analysed were solvency cover, available and excess assets and free asset ratios, according to Life Strategies' analysis of the IFSRA returns of the nine largest life insurance companies currently writing new business in Ireland.
Free asset ratios, which measure the extent to which a life office's assets exceed its liabilities, have traditionally been used as a measure of financial strength.
An assessment based on the tough new 'realistic' valuation system, gave the society a free asset ratio - a key measure of financial strength - of 26.
A report in June this year gave Standard Life a free asset ratio of 5.
Wesleyan is ranked as one of the UK's strongest life offices and has one of the highest free asset ratios in the industry.
But at the bottom end of the table Cornhill, Equitable Life, London Life and Sun Life all had free asset ratios below one per cent once future profits were stripped out.
Richard Bennison, head of insurance at KPMG, said the fall in free asset ratios meant the investment flexibility of life insurers had been reduced because some would need to shift their assets out of equities into gilts.
There has been much recent media comment about leading insurers' free asset ratios and this has followed consumer concern about with profits low-cost endowment policies, intended to pay off home loans.