Finance, Investments, and Accounting

Is Active Investment Management Facing Extinction?

April 4, 2017

Today's financial news headlines are filled with stories about the rise of passive investing as investors abandon active managers. Those who own captive insurers or who oversee management of their portfolios should understand the active versus passive management debate and why active investment management, at least for fixed income portfolios, often makes sense. Active management needs to evolve, but it will survive. Read More

Loss Disclosures for Short-Duration Insurance Contracts (GAAP Filers)

March 22, 2017

The Financial Accounting Standards Board has issued ASU 2015-09 for nonpublic, calendar year-end insurance company filers. This Accounting Standards Update requires additional disclosures to provide better insight into an insurer's initial claim estimates and subsequent adjustments and to help financial statements users understand the frequency, severity, and timing of future cash flows related to the estimated claim costs. This article summarizes the new requirements. Read More

Captive Insurance Assets and Investment Policies

March 13, 2017

It is important for captive board members to be conversant in certain key concepts. This article, fourth in a series, looks at assets of captive insurers and the components of an investment policy. Read More

Uncertain Times Squared: The Future of Investing for Insurers

March 3, 2017

What new ideas, technologies, and ways of conducting our lives do we see impacting our economy and financial markets? The future of investing for insurers, in the next 7-10 years, will see artificial intelligence and especially machine learning having a very pronounced impact on our careers, companies, and daily life. Read More

831(b) Micro-Captive Challenges

February 8, 2017

Currently, there is great uncertainty as to how the Internal Revenue Service's challenges to micro-captives will be resolved. With this in mind, a panel of captive insurance experts discussed ways to mitigate the challenges during last month's 2017 World Captive Forum. Read More