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at a premium

1. For an expensive price (typically because the item in question is hard to find). If you don't go Christmas shopping early, you'll only get the most popular toys at a premium later.
2. Difficult to obtain. Quiet moments are at a premium when there's a toddler in the house.
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place a premium on (something)

1. To greatly increase the cost or scarcity of something. Because the city is so densely populated, landlords are able to place a premium on rented accommodation.
2. To place an especially high value on something; to consider something more important or valuable than is usual. We always place a premium on our customer service support, so never hesitate to contact us if you have a problem! With three young children, I place a premium on a shop where I can find everything I need in one stop.
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put a premium on (something)

1. To greatly increase the cost or scarcity of something. Because the city is so densely populated, landlords are able to put a premium on rented accommodation.
2. To place an especially high value on something; to consider something more important or valuable than is usual. We always put a premium on our customer service support, so never hesitate to contact us if you have a problem! With three young children, I put a premium on a shop where I can find everything I need in one stop.
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at a premium

at a high price; priced high because of something special. Sally bought the shoes at a premium because they were of very high quality. This new sports car sells at a premium because so many people want to buy it.
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place something at a premium

to force up the value of something so that its price is higher. The rapid changes in the market placed all the medical stocks at a premium. The goods had been placed at a premium by the changing market conditions.
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put a premium on something

to make something harder or more expensive to obtain or do. The recent action of the bank directors put a premium on new home loans. The scarcity of steel put a premium on the cost of new cars.
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put something at a premium

to make something available only at an extra cost or through extra effort. The scarcity of fresh vegetables at this time of year puts broccoli at a premium. The high demand for apples puts them at a premium.
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at a premium

At a higher price than usual owing to scarcity; also, considered more valuable, held in high esteem. For example, Since that article came out, the firm's stock has been selling at a premium and Space is at a premium in most stores. This idiom uses premium in the sense of "bounty" or "bonus." [Mid-1800s] Also see put a premium on.
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put a premium on

Value more highly than usual, as in Her employer put a premium on honesty and hard work. First recorded in 1907, this term is almost always used figuratively.
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at a premium

1. If something is at a premium, it is not easily available and because of this it has a high value. Space is at a premium in central London stores, as you can imagine. You can pick these carrots in June, when good vegetables are at a premium.
2. If you buy or sell something at a premium, you sell it for a higher price than is usual for that thing. People want organic foods so I can sell my eggs at a premium.
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put a premium on something

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place a premium on something

If you put a premium on something or place a premium on it, you believe that it is very important or valuable. Companies like these put a premium on training. I place a high premium on what someone is like as a person.
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put (or place) a premium on

regard as or make particularly valuable or important.
1998 New Scientist Enormous forces would have acted upon the skull and neck, putting a premium on size and strength.
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at a ˈpremium

having great value or importance; difficult or expensive to buy, find, obtain, etc: During a war, ordinary foods like bread or meat are often at a premium.Good mathematics teachers are always at a premium in this country.
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put/place a ˈpremium on something

consider something very important or valuable: This company puts a high premium on the loyalty of its employees.
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at a premium

More valuable than usual, as from scarcity: Fresh water was at a premium after the reservoir was contaminated.
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Current BIF members would almost surely find their premiums higher than otherwise because the new BIF deposits come without the associated insurance fund reserves, requiring older BIF deposits to pay a higher assessment to maintain the required 1.
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3 The return of premium benefit will be equal to a percent of the cumulative premiums paid on the disability income rider, less disability benefits paid upon surrender of the rider or death of the insured.
The advantages of this technique are that H and W have found a source to pay for the life insurance premiums without having to worry about the annual gift tax limit described above.
Could no-lapse products become the next vanishing premium debacle/or the life industry, raising the specter of lawsuits and damaging allegations regarding the insurance sales process?
But thanks to IRC section 125, premium co-pays (but not policy co-pays) don't have to cost employees too much extra: Section 125 allows employees to pay certain expenditures for health insurance premiums (and specified other insurance) on a pretax basis tithe company meets certain criteria regarding establishment and maintenance of a written plan.
Third, you're very unlikely to be successful in defending the premiums for these programs as tax-deductible expenses.
Returned premiums do not include premiums paid by the optional disability waiver of premium rider, or any amount of outstanding loans with interest.
In general, premium taxes are based on an insurer's gross written premiums, as reflected in its annual statement (net of allowable deductions such as return premiums, reinsurance premiums and policyholder dividends).
Expense Ratio: Ratio of underwriting expenses (including commissions) to net premiums written.
People between 18 and 64 receive about 40% of all long-term care," says Howarth, "The younger a client purchases LTC insurance, the lower the premiums.
The company advances most of the premiums for a cash-value policy, such as whole life, universal life or variable life.