Nearly 100 years ago, the first single parent captive insurance companies were formed onshore in the UK. There has been tremendous evolution in the captives industry, but there has not been as much progress with the captive investment portfolio, says Callan’s Sara Hakim.
STICO, the risk retention group for the US storage tank industry, was a huge success in its early years, providing members with insurance coverage that the commercial market was unwilling or unable to provide. In recent years life has been more challenging, as commercial providers have attempted to win back its members as customers, but now it is fighting back, says STICO’s Colin Donovan.
Establishing a captive programme can seem a daunting prospect, but there are many reasons for companies to make the effort. Steven Lorady of Carr, Riggs & Ingram discusses three of them.
Trade and monetary policy have dominated the financial headlines in 2019. In 2020 the Federal Reserve is expected to cut rates, but some say markets are pricing in too much monetary easing, says Andrew Wang at Runnymede Capital Management.
Cayman’s captive insurance and reinsurance markets are seeing exciting new trends, with new business lines creating value for existing and future stakeholders, say Aon’s Howard Byrne and Ghislain Ghyoot, and PwC’s Ricardo Agrella.
HR professionals are often leaders in workplace violence prevention initiatives. They have a special duty to advance proper prevention initiatives within their organisations, says Paul Marshall of McGowan Program Administrators, in the second of a four-part series about the impact and aftermath of an active shooter event.
Investing in the best available technology is vital for the future success of a captive. Although the best technology is not cheap, this short-term cost is likely to pay for itself relatively quickly by improving pricing, improving internal and external communication and increasing efficiency, says Sean Barnes at United Educators Insurance Company, a reciprocal risk retention group.
Quest is one of the best-known captive service companies in Bermuda and the US and has been forming and managing single parent, group, and association captives since 1979. Jeff Kenneson of Quest Captive Management talked to Captive International about Quest’s business and the trends he is seeing in the market.
The IRS is on a winning streak against 831(b) captive insurance companies, and as such could afford to take a tough line in its settlement offer to some micro captives, says Matthew Queen of Venture Capital Management.
TCOR is the industry standard model for tracking insurable costs, used by institutions across all industries to benchmark themselves against peers and historical trends, and by captives to determine reasonable insurability. It is a frustratingly limited measure of risk, so Randall Davis at Delphi Risk Management developed new models to do the job better, as he told Captive International.