There are no prerequisites.

Course Description

Insurance is designed for events that are infrequent and high-loss. If events are too frequent, the cost of insurance coverage will be too expensive. If an event has small losses, there is no point in obtaining insurance coverage, since self-insurance is less expensive. Thus, insurance is intended for a very specific set of situations. In Business Insurance Fundamentals, Steven M. Bragg provides an overview of the insurance industry, including the operations and distribution systems of insurers. The course also notes the more common insurance policy terms and conditions, the types of insurance most applicable to businesses, and how to manage and account for insurance. There is a particular emphasis on managing the cost of insurance.


Steven M. Bragg, CPA

Steven M. Bragg, CPA, is a full-time book and course author who has written more than 70 business books. He provides Western CPE with self-study courses in the areas of accounting and finance, with an emphasis on the practical application of accounting standards and management techniques. A sampling of his courses include the The New Controller Guidebook, The GAAP Guidebook, Accountants’ Guidebook, and Closing the Books: An Accountant’s Guide. He also manages the Accounting Best Practices podcast.

Steven has been the CFO or controller of both public and private companies and has been a consulting manager with Ernst & Young and an auditor with Deloitte & Touche. He holds an MBA from Babson College, a Master of Finance from Bentley College, and a BA from the University of Maine (summa cum laude).

Course Specifics

Sep 24, 2019
There are no prerequisites.

Compliance Information

Qualifies for CA Fraud: No

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Chapter 1

  • Cite the types of insurance offered by insurers.
  • Identify the classifications of sellers of insurance products.
  • Note the measurements used to judge the performance of insurers.
  • Cite the conditions needed for a risk to be insurable.
  • Identify the reasons for the different clauses used in an insurance contract.

Chapter 2

  • Note the benefits and problems associated with each type of insurance.
  • Identify the differences between the various types of life insurance.

Chapter 3

  • Identify the methods used to reduce the cost of insurance.
  • Note the circumstances under which self-funded insurance might be successful.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Overview of Business Insurance

Learning Objectives


Types of Insurers

Insurance Distribution

Insurance Company Analysis

Insurer Operations

Insurer Financial Performance

Insurer Failures

Insurance Pricing

An Insurable Risk

The Insurable Interest Concept

Insurance Policy Terms and Conditions



Limit of Insurance



Insurance Riders



Losses and Claims

Who is the Payee?


Chapter 1 – Review Questions

Chapter 2 – Types of Business Insurance

Learning Objectives


Boiler and Machinery Insurance

Business Interruption Insurance

Policy Inclusions

Additional Coverages

Management Actions

Commercial Automobile Insurance

Commercial Crime Insurance

Commercial General Liability Insurance

Coverage Limitations

Umbrella Coverage

Credit Insurance

Cyber Risk Insurance

Management Actions

Directors and Officers Liability Insurance

Management Actions

Additional Coverages

Fidelity Bonds

Inland Marine Insurance

Life Insurance

Group Term Life Insurance

Medical Insurance

Political Risk Insurance

Professional Liability Insurance

Property Insurance

Types of Property

Policy Inclusions

Policy Exclusions

Additional Coverages

Coverage Limitations

Valuation Issues

Management Actions

Surety Bonds

Surplus Lines Insurance

State Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment Benefit Claims

Workers’ Compensation Insurance

Policy Inclusions

Management Actions


Insurance for the Home Business


Chapter 2 – Review Questions

Chapter 3 – Insurance Management

Learning Objectives


Managing the Cost of Insurance

Broker Training

Odds Analysis

Insurer Messaging

Covered Items Analysis

Double Coverage Analysis

Split Limits Elimination

Continual Policy Updates

Unlikely Rider Payouts


Deductibles Analysis

Small Claims Avoidance

Inventory Reduction

Delayed Payments

Self-Funded Insurance

Captive Insurance Company

Insurance Claim Problems

Insurance Claims Administration

Core Reports

Losses Report

Incidents Report

Insurance Claims Report

Accounting for Insurance

Insurance Payments

Claims Receipts


Chapter 3 – Review Questions

Review Question Answers and Rationales



Qualified Assessment

Answer Sheet

Course Evaluation

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