One of the most important metrics to watch at insurances companies, like Markel (MKL 0.16%)Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A -0.36%) (BRK.B 0.11%), and Montpelier Re (MRH.DL), is the combined ratio. But what exactly is the combined ratio and why is it important?

In this segment of The Motley Fool's financials-focused show, Where the Money Is, banking analysts Matt Koppenheffer and David Hanson discuss the metric and its meaning.

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