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.
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.
Captive insurance companies have played an integral role in bringing ERM to the middle market, and enterprise risk captives have been hotbeds of innovation, finding new ways to price unusual risks, says Andrew Rennick of Womble Bond Dickinson.
There has been an aggressive shift in the approach of certain US states to the collection of self-procurement taxes. What implications does this have for the industry? And will there be more redomestications to the ‘home’ state? US Captive investigates.
As commercial insurance rates start to harden, more sophisticated owners of captives are starting to leverage them to avoid rate hikes by using analytics or looking to access the reinsurance markets directly. US Captive reports.
The Syzygy opinion marks the third significant microcaptive loss in the US Tax Court, and prominent captive managers have come under fire for allegedly designing and selling sham 831(b) captives. What does this mean for their future? US Captive investigates.