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4/24 Register for the Oklahoma Insurance Department Captive Conference

It’s not too late to Register for the Oklahoma Insurance Department Captive Conference. The Oklahoma Insurance Department Captive Conference is being held April 30th. The conference will be held at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 73105 and is scheduled for 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Find Out More
4/24 Arizona Bill to Strengthen Captive Insurer Regulations on Governors Desk

Legislation that would strengthen standards for captive insurers has passed the State Legislature and is awaiting Governor Jan Brewer’s signature. The bill would strengthen standards for captive insurers by requiring that captives that are insurance subsidiaries to disclosed more information regarding their financial relationships to their affiliated companies. It would give Arizona Regulators additional tools to oversee potentially problematic tax structures. The legislation was a top priority of the Arizona Department of Insurance and is designed to bring the state regulations in line with NAIC accreditation standards.
4/23 INCAP Health Insurance Captive Reports Favorable First Year Program Results

Nine of New Hampshire’s Health and Human Service Agencies experience an 18%, $2 million, savings over their standard health insurance market renewal options. INCAP is a Bermuda-based captive that reinsures a portion of the program stop loss coverage. The program is written through Nationwide, according to Michael Schroeder, President of Roundstone. Roundstone serves as the program captive manager and managing general underwriting agency. Clark & Lavey Benefits Solutions of Merrimack, NH is the program broker. Paul Clark suggests ..”This really is the future of benefit funding for employers. INCAP™ is the best cost saving opportunity I have seen in the marketplace. Employers throughout New England need to get on board and take advantage of this program’s tremendous efficiency.”
4/23 Report on Long Term Availability of Terrorism Insurance Issued

President Obama’s Working Group on Financial Markets has issued a report “The Long Term Availability and Affordability of Insurance for Terrorism Risk”. Among the findings contained in the report are: (1) The private market does not have the capacity to provide reinsurance for terrorism risk to the extent currently provided by TRIA and (2) In the absence of TRIA, terrorism risk insurance likely would be less available. Coverage that would be available likely would be more costly and/or limited in scope. Read the full report here.
4/22 "Wait for the Test Case Before Signing Up"…for 831(b) life insurance

Jay Adkisson, Contributor to Forbes Magazine on wealth preservation issues, states in his most recent Forbes column.. "While there are many highly-credentialed and experienced experts in taxation that warn against an 831(b) captive being used as a conduit to purchase life insurance, there is pretty much nobody outside those selling the strategy who think that it is anything like a good idea." He also points out in the column that … “There is no evidence of that, and in fact the vast bulk of 831(b) captives, not involved with life insurance, will qualify as valid captive arrangements.” Read the full Forbes column here.
4/21 NAIC Multi-State Reinsurer Definition Comments Due Monday, May 19th

At the NAIC spring meeting, the Financial Regulation Standards and Accreditation (F) Committee voted to expose for comment the revisions of the definition of “multi-state insurer”. Comments are due May 19, 2014. See a copy of the proposed revisions here. The proposal is primarily intended to gain control over traditional insurance companies shifting blocs of claims to captives thereby taking advantage of lesser reserve and regulatory requirements. Read more about the NAIC meeting and proposal.
4/21 National Underwriter Risk Manager Survey Highlights

National Underwriter reports in its April 2014 issue that “Risk manager total compensation packages slipped again this year, continuing a trend that began in 2012 when that total was $148,286 and then fell to $130,535 in 2013. Bonuses were up in 2014, from $13,339 in 2013—but still well below the average-bonus figure reported in 2012 ($27,911).” National Underwriter conducts a P&C's annual Risk Manager Compensation Survey conjunction with Logic Associates, an executive-recruiting firm for risk managers. Read about the survey highlights here. Many risk managers have captive insurance company responsibilities.
4/18 Spring Consulting Granted Patent for Employee and Retiree Pension Funding Program

Spring Consulting Group announced today that they have been issued U.S Patent No. 8,676,686 for their Program for Alternative Funding of Employee and Retirement Benefits by the United States Patent and Trademark Office." Read More Here.
4/18 NRRA Executive Discusses Implications for RRGs of Recent Appeals NY Appeals Court Decision

The recent ruling by the Second Circuit of Appeals in New York has far-reaching implications for RRGS according to Joe Deems, Executive Director of the National Risk Retention Group. See his interview on here. Read More.
4/18 NAIC 2013 Annual Report

Think you familiar with the activities of NAIC? The 2013 NAIC Annual report gives a great overview of this non-governmental non-profit where decisions are made that basically dictate what happens with the state insurance legislation and regulation. Read the full report. Did you know that NAIC has $115,345,845 of unrestricted assets or in insurance terms surplus? The NAIC 2013 Audit Report indicates the NAIC surplus grew by more than $25 million. The excessive amount of unrestricted assets deserves the attention of State Regulators, Governors and Legislators. Read More.

Leading Banking Sector Consultancy, CMC Europe, Starts Activities in the (Re)insurance Sector, Names Nick Stammers as Director
LONDON, U.K., 17 April 2014 – CMC Europe, the specialists in delivering business change and transformation solutions in risk, regulatory and finance data, today announces the formal launch of sister company, CMC Insurance Limited (CMC Insurance). Soft-launched in February 2014, the new company is a specialist firm that delivers complex programmes in regulatory, risk and finance data for the global (re)insurance market. Read More.
4/17 Where are Commercial Lines and Employee Benefit Rates Headed?

Willis Group Holdings has released the report Market Place Realities: Innovation and Continuity as a guide for North American insurance buyers that are preparing for 2014 insurance program renewals. Captive executives and managers assessing the potential effect of the commercial insurance market on their rates and writings will want to read the full report here. Willis expects commercial Property rates to fall by an average of 10–15% for non-catastrophe- exposed risks, while risks exposed to natural catastrophes such as hurricanes will likely decrease in the 7.5–12.5% range. The downward pressure is being driven by ample capacity, the absence of major catastrophe losses and revised catastrophe modeling which is generating lower loss estimates for windstorm risk. For commercial Casualty lines, Willis experts are seeing mostly single-digit rate increases but occasional decreases on umbrella and excess rates. Primary Casualty rates are expected to range from flat to +7.5%, with umbrella Casualty rates ranging from -5% to +5% and excess rates moving from -7.5% to +3.5%. Workers’ Compensation rates are forecast from -5% to +15%, with greater increases in states such as California. Click here for the PDF.
4/16 April 2014 Risk Retention Reporter Headlines

One of the Risk Retention Reporter lead articles, “RRG Premium Flat in 2013”, indicates the premium for 2013 was $2,632.6M compared with $2628.8M in 2012. Among other articles are: “RRGs that Reinsure Include Many Top Performing Groups”, “Transportation Sector Reports Record Premium in 2013” and “Continued Controversies Plague IICRRG (indemnity Insurance Corporation) Rehabilitation Process”. A subscription the Risk Retention Reporter can be ordered here through


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