Operations and Management

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Clear Up Blind Spots with Behavioral Interview Questions

Traditional interviews when recruiting new employees leave companies susceptible to blind spots because they rely on hypothetical or subjective opinions. This creates the risk of hiring the wrong candidate. However, a behavioral interview will unlock reliable and measurable information about each candidate in order to hire the best fit.
April 24, 2019 Read More
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Captive Compliance 101: A Checklist for Maintaining a Healthy Captive

Making sure that your captive insurance company is bulletproof begins with verifying it is set up for the right reasons. This article discusses areas that an active captive insurance company should review frequently to remain compliant and in good shape. Read the latest from Management Services International.
March 20, 2019 Read More
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The Data Revolution in Actuarial Science

A new white paper by Milliman discusses the development of an actuarial technique involving the use of individual claims data to build loss reserve models. We offer commentary on this new technology and why it should be of interest to captive insurers and their board members.
March 18, 2019 Read More
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SIIA Defines Captive Manager Role with Professional Standards

The Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. (SIIA), has released the "SIIA Captive Manager Code of Conduct," which provides professional standards of responsibility for captive managers.
January 23, 2019 Read More
  Cyber Threat Assessment-SF

Cyber Risk: A Devious Data Dilemma

Read the latest from Aaron Hillebrandt of Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc., who discusses the "devious dilemma" of dealing with cyber-risk data reliability and the need to understand what the data represents.
January 14, 2019 Read More
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Musings on the State of Workers Compensation

Single-parent and group captives have played a large role in allowing employers to self-insure their workers compensation risks. We look at new reports on InsurTech and medical costs as we gauge whether the positive pricing trends are likely to continue.
January 02, 2019 Read More
  I Love My Job-SF

What Is Your Plan for Making Hiring Decisions?

A growing company needs to reduce the risk of turnover and increase the return on investment in its human capital. This can be accomplished by forming a plan for hiring decisions that aligns each candidate with the job opening.
December 19, 2018 Read More
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Key Criteria for Selecting a Captive Claims TPA

The claims handling function is a critical requirement for all captive insurers. The decision to outsource this operation to a third-party administrator (TPA) requires significant due diligence. We explore some of the key criteria to consider in selecting the right claims handling TPA firm.
November 15, 2018 Read More
  Cyber Threat Assessment-SF

Cyber-Risk Quantification Is Key for M&A Professionals

In the insurance industry, many of the practical details surrounding merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions are based on reasonably sound approaches with sufficient supporting data where advisers can estimate the value of a target entity. What is challenging to quantify is the impact a cyber event may have on a target's value.
November 07, 2018 Read More
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What To Include in a Captive Insurer's Claims Handling Procedures

A captive insurer's claims handling procedures should discuss all stages that are in the life cycle of a claim, according to Lynn Sheils, senior vice president and general counsel of EWI Reinsurance. Stages include how the notice will be handled, investigation standards, coverage evaluation, reserving approach, and claim closure philosophy.
October 01, 2018 Read More
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FinTech and Captive Insurance Revisited

How has FinTech impacted captive insurers? We look at key trends and changes reshaping the industry, including blockchain. The good news is that some captives are embracing this new future.
September 17, 2018 Read More
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AI and Captive Insurance—What Does the Future Hold?

Artificial intelligence (AI) and captives—what does the future hold? A look at current trends in the use of AI by financial services and specifically the insurance industry. We explore how these trends may affect different segments of the captive industry.
August 27, 2018 Read More
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Captive Insurers Should Review Their Risks at Least Every 5 Years

According to Karin Landry, a managing partner with Spring Consulting Group LLC in Boston, after captive insurance companies are set up, their parents should periodically review the risks their captives are covering. At a minimum, this assessment should be every 5 years and, in some cases, more frequently.
August 14, 2018 Read More
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Innovation and Productivity in Captive Insurers

Are captive insurers participating in the innovation and productivity changes reshaping the insurance industry? We discuss some recent trends and look at three key technologies impacting the insurance industry.
July 25, 2018 Read More
  Cyber Threat Assessment-SF

What's Your Captive's Cyber-Security Risk Profile?

Cyber-security threats continue to grow. What's your captive's cyber-security risk profile? Developing a risk profile provides your captive with a clear illustration of the threats it faces and enables you to begin a proactive process to counter these risks.
July 18, 2018 Read More
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Parallel Cloud Computing: Making Massive Actuarial Risk Analysis Possible

Machine learning is spreading quickly across many industries, including the insurance sector with applications in actuarial analysis, and is showing promising results for making better predictions and automating manual tasks. Advances in cloud computing provide the ability to speed up the time it takes to do so.
July 16, 2018 Read More
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Data Analytics for Captive Insurers—Key Considerations

Data analytics and predictive modeling continue to evolve. Captive insurers are advised to understand the concepts and costs involved. Data analytics can help optimize the captive's risk appetite and risk portfolio.
July 02, 2018 Read More
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Captive Insurance Claims Handling Pitfalls

Lynn Sheils, general counsel of EWI Reinsurance, warns that the most obvious pitfall a captive management team can run into is paying claims that are not covered under the captive policy. There is often an overlap of staff, directors', and officers' responsibilities between the captive owner (parent) and the captive itself. Second, the captive insurer exists at the discretion of the parent, and it is often difficult for the captive to tell the parent that a claim is not covered.
May 14, 2018 Read More
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Expected Adverse Development as a Measure of Risk Distribution

Risk distribution is a prerequisite for an insurance transaction to be deemed to have occurred and therefore achieve deductibility of premium for tax purposes. Captive owners seeking to determine whether their captive has sufficient risk distribution have a new methodology to consider in expected adverse development.
April 25, 2018 Read More
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A Captive Insurer Should Have Written Claims Handling Procedures

The best practice for a captive insurer is to have claims handling procedures, says Lynn Sheils, senior vice president and general counsel of EWI Reinsurance. The procedures should discuss all stages in the life cycle of a claim, including how notice will be handled, investigation standards, coverage evaluation, reserving approach, and claim closure philosophy.
April 02, 2018 Read More