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.
As the global economy and infrastructure continue to weather what feels like more and more storms, many companies find themselves in the middle of cost containment and restructuring strategies. Taking on more risk during these disruptive times may seem counterintuitive, but organisations with existing captives or plans to launch them are doing just that, says Adam Miholic of Hylant.
Too many insurance agencies ignore captives. This is an increasingly risky strategy, as their clients may be looking to get into this market. If their existing agent or broker cannot help them make the move, clients may look to a competitor who can, say Jeremy Colombik and John Dohn of MSI.
The hardening market has encouraged commercial property companies to reconsider their insurance arrangements. Captives offer numerous advantages that can translate to better or cheaper coverage, says Gary Osborne of Risk Partners.
For the first time in a long while rates are on the rise across almost all classes of business. Although it may not seem like it to the insurance buyer, many insureds have long been beneficiaries of an artificially soft market. Now, SMEs are assessing their options, and there are several potentially attractive ones in the captives space, says Nate Reznicek of CIC Services.
A captive can be a useful tool to help a company manage its risk, but they are not suitable for everyone. Scott Bailey from Carr, Riggs and Ingram outlines some of the factors prospective captive owners should consider before taking the plunge.
An enterprise risk management micro-captive programme may not be as robust as a mega-company's ERM programme, but many of the same benefits may be achieved. Ryan Ralston, director of risk management at Elevate Captives, has the details.
It is only a matter of time before a more simplified approach to longevity swaps becomes more prevalent, Robus Insurance (Guernsey) directors Kate Storey, Frank Oldham and David Riley, explain.
Against a backdrop of high-profile failures and closures of benefit schemes, captives have become an attractive alternative over the last few years, explains David Riley, risk consultant, and Frank Oldham, strategic consultant, at Robus Group.
Delaware has introduced a ‘speed to market’ approach to setting up captives with the introduction of its conditional licensing programme. Captive International spoke with Steve Kinion about this new legislation and other developments.