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Insurance Code - INS


  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1935, Ch. 145. )


  ( Part 2 enacted by Stats. 1935, Ch. 145. )

CHAPTER 2. Incorporated Insurers [1140 - 1260]

  ( Chapter 2 enacted by Stats. 1935, Ch. 145. )

ARTICLE 4.5. Leeway Law [1210- 1210.]
  ( Article 4.5 added by Stats. 1968, Ch. 898. )


(a) Any domestic incorporated insurer, after investing an amount equal to its required minimum paid-in capital in securities specified in Article 3 (commencing with Section 1170), may make such investments as it may see fit in the purchase of, or loans upon, properties and securities other than or in addition to or in excess of those set forth in Articles 2 (commencing with Section 1150), 3 (commencing with Section 1170) and 4 (commencing with Section 1190) of this chapter. Investments under this section shall not exceed, in the aggregate, the lesser of any of the following:

(1) Five percent of the insurer’s admitted assets.

(2) Fifty percent of the excess of admitted assets over the sum of capital paid up, liabilities and the surplus required by Section 700.02. The percentage or dollar value of admitted assets and capital paid up and liabilities shall be determined by the insurer’s last preceding annual statement of conditions and affairs made as of the preceding December 31st and which has been filed with the commissioner pursuant to law. The investments shall be subject to the provisions of Sections 1153.5, 1154, 1200, 1201, and 1202 as if they were excess funds investments. This section shall apply to an insurer other than life only if the insurer has aggregate capital and surplus of at least ten million dollars ($10,000,000).

(b) An investment originally made by an insurer pursuant to this section which subsequently meets the requirements of an investment contained in Article 2 (commencing with Section 1150), 3 (commencing with Section 1170) or 4 (commencing with Section 1190) may, at the election of the insurer, be considered to be held pursuant to any provision contained in those articles.

(c) Pursuant to the authority conferred by subdivision (a), notwithstanding Section 1100, an insurer may make discretionary investments in shares of an open-end diversified management investment company, as defined in the federal Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. Nothing in this subdivision is intended to prohibit any other discretionary investment, now or in the future, that might otherwise be made by an insurer, whether expressly identified in this section or not.

(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 303, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 1995.)

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