Abstract The theory of utility is a well-known method of constructing insurance premiums (see e.g., Newton et al. (1986) Actuarial Mathematics. Itasca, Illinois: The Society of Actuaries.). Furman and Zitikis ((2008) Insurance: Mathematics and Economics, 42, 459–465.) proposed an alternative method using the mean value of a weighted random variable. According to this approach, for various choices of weighting, popular premiums such as net premium, modified variance premium, Esscher premium, and Kamps premium are obtained. On the other hand, some premiums cannot be obtained with this method, such as the premium of the exponential principle. In this paper, we provide a complementary theory by introducing a family of unimodal weighted distributions for which the mode is a premium principle.