The real estate industry faces a number of significant headwinds. An increasing number of property managers are looking at tenant liability captive insurance programmes to help them navigate these turbulent times, says Bradley’s Davis Smith.
Captives can be used creatively to reduce the impacts of a hard market. Oliver Schofield and Damian McNamara of RISCS discuss how, and consider how captive use will expand in Asia in 2021 and beyond.
Sub-Saharan Africa’s economy has taken a considerable hit from COVID-19 and the resulting global shutdown, underlining the need for businesses in the region to be able to better manage their risk. Cell captives could offer an attractive solution, say Cenfri’s Matthew Dunn and Jeremy Gray, and Ernie van der Vyver of Clyde & Co.
Greg Lang of the Reinsurance and Insurance Network’s third article in a series on the future of work examines the informal economy, where business is neither taxed nor monitored by any form of government.
The availability of cheap insurance from commercial providers has prevented airlines from leaning too heavily on their captives. However, rates have been increasing, and with the outlook for the global economy looking grim, airlines are looking for creative ways to cut costs and improve risk management. Captives can help them with that, as Captive International reports.
The alternative risk market has always been creative and responsive to “uninsurable” events, but the COVID-19 pandemic is revealing risk in unexpected places, and challenging old notions about what does or does not constitute insurance. Captives have a real opportunity to step up and help businesses navigate the changing risk landscape, says Gary Osborne of Risk Partners.
What qualifies as insurance? Risk transfer and risk distribution are usually cited as key factors, but what if a policy passes this two-part test, before failing the ‘rule of indemnity’ test, asks Greg Lang of the Reinsurance and Insurance Network.
Identifying low probability, high severity risks can be a challenge, as evidenced by the large number of companies caught without coverage when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. The Delphi method is one way that companies can prepare for the unexpected, says Gordon Thompson of AmeRisk Consulting.
Risk managers entered 2020 with certain expectations about the challenges and opportunities the year would present. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has forced them to throw their plans out of the window, and rethink how to manage their exposures in a world that suddenly looks very different, says Milliman’s Mike Meehan.
The concept and understanding of captive insurance in Latin America and the Caribbean has been evolving over the past few years, and the adoption of captives among organisations in the region has progressed considerably, say Marsh’s Maria Escobar and Alejandro Santos.