Sometimes Mother Nature provides an excellent lesson in probability. This past week, it was the catastrophic failure of the Texas power grid due to extreme cold weather. It is a reminder that captive insurance company managers and board members need to have a working knowledge of probability and statistics.
Forward-looking models being used by insurers and reinsurers to better understand changing and increasing risks could benefit some captive insurance companies. In a hardening reinsurance market, captives whose management and boards are educated on the topic could have an advantage when meeting with underwriters.
With the beginning of a New Year, here are five questions captive insurance companies should consider as they survey the operating environment in 2021. Areas covered by the questions include reinsurance markets, investments, personnel, regulation, and strategy and planning.
Captive insurers tend to rely heavily on external vendors, but those relationships can suffer due to not employing vendor management best practices. It is crucial to have effective vendor management in place because vendor performance ultimately affects the captive's performance.
There is likely to be a push by captive insurance company owners and policyholders to cover some of the risks uncovered by the pandemic. But risk and pricing are critical elements in product development, and captives need to ask if they can rate, price, and adjust these risks properly.