Dan Towle reflects on his first year as president of CICA, his outlook on the market and the importance of continuing to fuel innovation in the captives sector.
US tax reform provisions have created a substantial tax burden for US insurers conducting business in offshore jurisdictions. Vermont has stepped in with new captive legislation that aims to provide a more favourable onshore alternative, Sandy Bigglestone, director of captive insurance, Vermont Department of Financial Regulation, tells Captive International.
Captives can provide value to their affiliated groups and be an intrinsic part of business owners’ exit strategy calculus—or just as easily a burden, says Matthew Queen of Venture Captive Management.
As medical costs continue to rise and regulatory uncertainties threaten the amount of control employers are able to maintain within more conventional insurance structures, interest in self-funding and medical stop loss captives will continue to grow, says Phillip Giles of QBE North America.
Much like Avrahami, the Reserve Mechanical case is another notch on the IRS’s belt as it continues on its warpath against small captives, hurting the legitimate structures in the process. But what went wrong? Matthew Queen of Venture Captive Management breaks it down.
Medical polices within global captive programmes are becoming increasingly popular. Matthias Helmbold, head of technical and services at MAXIS GBN, has the details on market scalability and challenges in the healthcare and employee benefits captives marketplace.
US tax reform has increased the burden of tax compliance for captive insurers and created uncertainty as to where one might choose to domicile, although it’s not all bad news, explains Matthew Queen of Venture Captive Management.
Established companies in the captive insurance market are developing business models that incorporate cryptocurrency and blockchain. Tatjana Winter, head of BlockART institute, has the details.
The direct and indirect impacts of a cyber attack can be substantial, but a captive can be an efficient and effective mechanism for financing and managing this continually evolving risk. Steven Bauman of XL Catlin has the details.
Utilising blockchain can improve time and resource efficiencies, making all the links in the chain work smoothly, but blockchain’s success depends on the industry working together, according to Alexandra Gedge of JLT Insurance Management.