Definition of "Capacity"

Maximum that an insurance company can underwrite. The limits of coverage that a property and casualty company can underwrite are determined by its retained earnings and invested capital. reinsurance is a method of increasing the insurance company's capacity, in that a portion of the unearned premium reserve maintenance requirement can be relieved. Commissions earned are ceded, underwriting results are stabilized, and financing of the expansion of the insurer's capacity can take place.

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