Insurance? They Thought It Was a Good Idea…

New The Lies of the Lion Kindle CoverLots of talk these days about insurance, it’s a business model that’s been practiced for thousands of years. Ever hear of Lloyd’s of London? Did you know that Lloyd’s began as a coffee house in London, not far from the dock, where merchants discussed their shipping investments? Edward Lloyd was the owner of the coffee house, he died in the early 1700’s but his insurance company continued on. Early merchants invested a lot of money in shiploads of wheat, spices and various trade goods. Because they needed to insure their investments, the merchants all paid money into a fund. The history of insurance goes back to ancient Mediterranean traders, including the Phoenicians, Romans and Greeks. There were health insurance plans, far different from what we have today but they led the way to today’s form of spreading the risk between other parties.  Suellen Ocean is the author of the historical fiction The Lies of the Lion Available here:



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Suellen Ocean

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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