Business--A Profession Volume 3
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...by Mr. James M. Beck (formerly Assistant AttorneyGeneral of the United States), the counsel for the Mutual Life Insurance Company, and his main argument against State supervision appears to be that the companies pay, in the aggregate, for fees and taxes in the several States $10,000,000, which he says is twice as much as is necessary to cover the expense of proper su pervision. Ten million dollars is a large sum in itself, but a very small one compared with the aggregate assets or the aggregate expense of management. Mr. Beck's company paid in 1904 $1,138,663 in taxes and fees. Its management expenses were $15,517,520, or nearly fourteen times as much. Our Massachusetts savings banks paid in the year ending October 31, 1904, $1,627,794.46 in taxes to this Commonwealth; that is, $80,890.02 more than their whole expense of management, which was $1,546,94-44 Doubtless the insurance departments of some States are subjects for just criticism. In many of the States the department is ineflicient, in some doubtless corrupt. But is there anything in our experience of Federal supervision of other departments of business which should lead us to assume that it will, in the long run, be freer from grounds of criticism or on the whole more efl: icient than the best insurance department of any of the States? For it must be remembered that an eflicient supervision by the department of any State will in effect protect all the policy-holders of the company wherever they may reside. Federal supervision would serve only to centralize still further the power of our Govemment and perhaps to increase still further the power of the corporations. Supervision alone--whether State or Federal--will not suflice to correct existing abuses in the life insurance..
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