Corporate Governance

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PwC "2019 State of Compliance Study"—Implications for Captives

Learn the possible implications for captive insurers of the digital transformation of compliance and ethics based on PwC's "2019 State of Compliance Study." We offer our own insights on how this process is likely to impact captive insurance companies and what boards and management should be doing.
April 15, 2019 Read More
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3 Lessons from the Spirit Commercial Auto RRG Failure

The recent failure of Spirit Commercial Auto Risk Retention Group (RRG) should cause the captive industry to assess what went wrong and offer solutions. In this article, we look at three lessons we've learned from the failure and offer an analysis.
March 27, 2019 Read More
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Upping Your Governance Game Plan

We recently reviewed the report from the Strategic Risk Solutions corporate governance survey. While the overall results are encouraging, it is clear the captive community still lags behind our commercial competitors when it comes to good corporate governance.
February 27, 2019 Read More
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First Impressions—SRS Governance Survey

We provide a review and opinion on the recent Strategic Risk Solutions (SRS) captive corporate governance survey. We note where captives are falling short of best practices and also offer some thoughts for how captive insurers might improve.
February 20, 2019 Read More
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NACD Report—"Adaptive Governance: Board Oversight of Disruptive Risks"

A new report from the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) looks at disruptive risk and proposes a methodology for dealing with the problem. We offer some analysis of the report and explain how the recommendation concerning adaptive governance is similar to our prior discussions of generative thinking.
December 10, 2018 Read More
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Does Your Captive Suffer from Bad Directors?

Does your captive suffer from bad directors? What are the key characteristics of a bad director, and how do you address the issue? In this article, we look at the four attributes described in the National Association of Corporate Directors article "A Field Guide to Bad Directors" and how they relate to the captive insurance industry.
September 26, 2018 Read More
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Five Steps for Onboarding New Directors

Director turnover is accelerating in the captive insurance industry. What are the key steps you can take to onboard new directors? We'll explore these ideas in detail and provide our own commentary.
June 18, 2018 Read More
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3 Thoughts for Captive Boards and Management To Consider

Does your captive board practice strategic visioning or generative thinking as part of its normal meeting? Do you have trouble identifying topics to use in these discussions? Here are 3 thoughts that might warrant further exploration by your board and management team as part of this process.
May 23, 2018 Read More
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Strategy and Risk: 5 Key Questions for Captive Insurers

One of the major roles that a captive insurer's board of directors fills is setting the correct strategy and risk profile for the entity. But many boards struggle with this responsibility. Our 5 key questions can help your board get a better understanding of how to deal with these issues.
April 18, 2018 Read More
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Captive Insurer Boards and Blockchain Technology

Digital disruption takes on many forms, making it a formidable risk area to be added to any boardroom discussion. We summarize a recent article that appeared on the National Association of Corporate Directors website on why blockchain technology needs to be addressed by board members.
February 07, 2018 Read More
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NACD Publishes "2018 Governance Outlook"

The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) released its white paper on the "2018 Governance Outlook." While the paper is targeted at board members of publicly traded corporations, several of the monographs are germane to the governance of captive insurers as well. We'll look at some of the highlights of interest to captives.
January 17, 2018 Read More
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IAIS Releases Consultation Paper on Systemic Risk

The International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS) has released a consultation paper regarding systemic risk in the insurance industry. The IAIS is seeking input on the paper by market participants by February 15, 2018. We provide a summary of the paper and argue that captive insurers should provide responses.
January 03, 2018 Read More
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5 Key Pillars of Captive Insurer Corporate Governance

As a captive owner or board director, what are the primary components of captive corporate governance? In this article, we look at five key pillars of corporate governance and provide a brief description of each facet.
November 01, 2017 Read More
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Corporate Governance and External Peer Review

In this article by Robert Walling, Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, he discusses how the use of a peer review of the consulting actuary's work results in better corporate governance. Given the lack of insurance expertise on many captives' board of directors, the use of a peer review is certainly justified.
October 18, 2017 Read More
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A Captive Insurer Template for Corporate Governance Standards

The focus on corporate governance standards continues to receive both political and regulatory attention. As a captive board member or senior management, does your captive insurer meet the requirements set forth in the Corporate Governance Model of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners? We outline a practical exercise for your board to consider.
September 01, 2017 Read More
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Is Affordable Pricing an Impediment in Your Captive's Mission Statement?

Captive insurer mission statements are intended to be living, dynamic documents. Too often, they are crafted during the captive's start-up phase and then forgotten. Most captive mission statements contain references to affordable pricing. Given the ongoing market conditions, it may be time to remove this reference and refresh your mission statement.
July 17, 2017 Read More
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What Is Your Captive's Talent Acquisition Strategy?

Insurers understand that without an effective talent acquisition strategy, the right candidates will not be hired. Hiring the wrong people leads to turnover, which is costly in terms of time, money, and morale. Getting it right is vital to the success of any business, and captive insurers are not immune.
July 10, 2017 Read More
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What Makes a Successful Risk Culture?

As captives have matured and continued to flourish, they are being called upon to expand the risks that they underwrite. Captive boards and management should work to understand that, as their risk appetite grows, so should their dedication to building a successful risk culture within the captive.
June 19, 2017 Read More
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Captive Insurance Assets and Investment Policies

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.
March 13, 2017 Read More
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Insurance Pricing—A Key Concept for Captive Board Members

Captive board members should become conversant in the key concepts applying to captives. This article, third in a series, looks at pricing coverage for captive insurers.
March 08, 2017 Read More