As insurance markets harden and risk management costs increase, many business owners are challenging the conventional method of financing business risk. For those business owners who have an appetite for self-insuring their company's risks, forming a captive insurance company will be a useful tool in their risk management process.
Whatever the size of the business, it's likely a captive insurance company can aid the organization's risk management program and reduce the total cost of risk. Captives allow businesses to reduce their reliance on the commercial insurance market while stabilizing insurance costs.
Corporate governance is critically important for captive insurance companies, as well as the managers and other service providers the captive employs. It's the captive's owner, though, that bears the ultimate responsibility for governance. The captive owner is responsible for operating a regulated insurance company and the associated compliance.
Captives can play an important role in emerging risks such as cyber risks or with volatility such as that seen with property risks.
Captive insurance companies have evolved into tools that allow organizations to implement their risk management strategies in a more comprehensive way.