An ever-growing share of organization leaders are learning about the potential advantages of establishing a captive insurer to cover some or most of their risks. For companies that already have a solid understanding of their risks, captives can provide a remarkable degree of flexibility and significant financial advantages.
The US captive insurance segment continued to generate profits and increase surplus during 2021 while outperforming commercial market peers, according to A.M. Best. Best said that US captives that it rates reported a strong year, with pretax operating income of $1.0 billion, down slightly from $1.1 billion in 2021.
A recently published article suggests using a health insurance analogy to explain the workings of captive insurance to those unfamiliar with the concept. In their article, "Captive Insurance: The Health Insurance Analogy," Joel S. Chansky and Michael C. Meehan of Milliman, Inc., acknowledge that captive insurance is a narrow niche.
As the insurance market evolves, there may be upwards of $200 billion of new product development premium available. Where do captive insurance companies fit within this landscape, and how do they profitably maximize their participation?
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.