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What Happens To Your Insurance Policy When the Insurer Fails?

What Happens To Your Insurance Policy When the Insurer Fails?

American International Group, one of the largest insurance companies in the world, has been struggling to stay afloat this week. Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s lowered their ratings on AIG; these downgrades, in turn, trigger clauses in AIG’s contracts with its trading partners that could require the company to raise billions for collateral or penalty payments. It looks as though the federal government has decided to keep AIG from going under. Still, today insurance policyholders may have been wondering: what happens to my insurance policy if the insurer goes bankrupt?

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