In a hardening market where reinsurers are increasingly reluctant to deploy their capital, the option of issuing coverage from a captive is more attractive than ever. Courtney Claflin, executive director of the University of California captives programme, explains.
Affordable D&O insurance has probably never been more difficult to find. One alternative to the pricey and constrained commercial market is to place D&O risk in a captive, but although there are potential advantages, risk managers should know this solution is largely untested, say Jonathan Barnes and Alex O’Shea of KPMG in Bermuda.
Claims is a people business, and there are many lessons the industry can learn from this part of the business, says Dexter Morse, formerly of the International Air Transport Association.
Captives appear to be an increasingly attractive option for businesses as the insurance market hardens, offering a number of potential benefits if the money can be found to cover the initial set-up costs, say KPMG’s Mark Allitt and Jonathan Barnes.
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.
The captive insurance industry faces a number of unique challenges in 2021, one of which has been to do with the assessment, budgeting and financing of losses, says SIGMA’s Lori Ussery.
Delegated underwriting authority enterprises that are willing to eat their own cooking by taking risk in a captive are likely to perform better over time, according to Greg Lang of the Reinsurance and Insurance Network.
Setting up reinsurance companies in jurisdictions such as Bermuda or Cayman gives life insurers significantly more flexibility to manage the complex challenges they face, such as interest rate and longevity risk, says Patrick Ferguson of Marsh.
Richard Colombik and Jeremy Colombik, of Richard M. Colombik & Associates and MSI, respectively, examine the verdict of the Caylor Land and Development v Commissioner case and explain why the court ruled as it did.
The baby boomers are reaching retirement age, but for many, what should be their golden years are proving to be anything but. With many institutions offering substandard care, and insurers abandoning the senior care market, captives can step up and save the day, says Michael Maglaras of Michael Maglaras & Company.