The high level of interest in captive insurance solutions to combat rising insurance premiums is encouraging many captive insurance service providers to market feasibility studies to prospective clients, even in cases where they are not suitable. Willis Towers Watson’s Bruce Whitmore explains when feasibility studies are needed, and what prospective owners should look for from their providers.
A feasibility study is an opportunity for a comprehensive, qualitative and quantitative assessment of a client’s needs, and an investigation into whether a captive is the best way of serving those needs, says Bruce Whitmore of Willis Towers Watson.
China is a land of many very large companies, and few captives. As the benefits of these structures become better understood, in the longer term Hong Kong can emerge as a thriving captives domicile to rival Singapore. First, it must finish fine-tuning its regulatory regime, says Edward Wu from Willis Towers Watson.
It has been a turbulent start to 2020, with the world battling one of the most significant pandemics seen in a century and financial markets in turmoil. People have rarely faced so much uncertainty, risk and insecurity, but companies with employee benefits captives have one thing less to worry about, says Willis Towers Watson’s Paul McNiff.
Captives are excellent tools for enabling innovation aligned to the strategic, operational and financial objectives of their parents. Their ability to formalise governance controls, together with the flexibility of a ring-fenced retention and placement strategy, make these an important enabler for a company’s wider corporate strategy, say Elizabeth Carbonaro and Adrien Collovray of Willis Towers Watson.
Insurers have always tried to ensure that the incentives of their clients align with their own. But captive insurers have fewer concerns around moral hazard than their commercial counterparts, says captive insurance consultant and retired principal of WTW, Hugh Rosenbaum.
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.
Hugh Rosenbaum, captive consultant and retired principal of Willis Towers Watson, addresses the entitlement to profits—the third and sometimes most difficult of obstacles to overcome in the design stages of a group captive.
To convince large members to join with smaller members, and vice versa, the prospective premium rating system needs to take account of loss experience. Hugh Rosenbaum, captive consultant and retired principal of Willis Towers Watson, explains the principle of proportional parity.
With huge annual costs of employee health and risk benefits, multinational companies are continuing to explore alternative finance solutions. Speaking with Captive International, Mark Cook, director at Willis Towers Watson, looks at the advantages and disadvantages of two approaches: multinational pooling and captives.