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Since its website launch in 1995, has evolved into the Internet's premier Virtual Community serving the communication, networking, and information needs of the alternative risk transfer (ART) market niche. is designed to be a one-stop professional business community where helpful news, articles, presentations, and contacts are brought together into one place for the convenience of captive insurance professionals. All of the resources currently included in the site may be accessed without cost and do not require registration. The only exception to this rule is found in the store, where several ART publishers offer their publications at We take orders for these publications, and pass them on to the publisher to be filled.

The types of businesses served at include captive insurance companies, corporations or groups considering a captive insurance company or other ART facility, commercial insurers and insureds, reinsurers, fronting carriers, self-insureds, purchasing groups, public entity insurance pools, domestic and foreign insurance domiciles, and associations that serve the commercial, alternative risk, and self-insured businesses. It also serves businesses providing professional services or products to these organizations.

Associations that serve the risk and insurance industry are invited to list their organization, including a description and contact information at no cost in the Associations Center. Interested associations should contact us for details regarding this offer.

What types of services are available to business persons who wish to participate in

Professional firms of all types can rent professional offices or "storefronts" within the "Business Center" -- a virtual office park that attracts impressive numbers of captive-specific professionals. Space has been set aside for firms that provide legal services, financial auditing services, actuarial services, captive insurance management services, claims management or auditing services, reinsurance brokerage, investment management or consulting services, investment brokerage services, financial management consulting, banking services, appraisal services, computer software, risk management consulting, and captive insurance company operations consulting. If we don't have a category for you, we'll add one!

A storefront at, including a link to your website from us, strengthens your website’s standing with the search engines while making it easy for you to communicate directly with prospects and customers. It also allows you to share information about your company and its unique services to existing and prospective clients. We strongly encourage our business members to allow us to provide their newsletters, articles, or other rich informational resources to visitors. We know that time and time again, outstanding content keeps visitors coming back to on a regular basis, and brings new business to our sponsors.

What kinds of free information or free services can be accessed by visitors?

Visitors have free access to all of the information at the site, as well as opportunities to purchase services online such as membership subscriptions, newsletter subscriptions, and registrations for seminars and conferences. News headlines keep you informed of current industry events. Use the ask the expert forum to pose questions directly to qualified industry professionals at no cost. Directories of service providers, captive insurance companies and other industry organizations provide numerous business contacts in virtually every arena, many with direct e-mail built in to their listings for ease of doing business with these firms.

Listings of associations that serve the alternate risk and insurance industries are available with detailed information about services and membership opportunities. Another feature is the employment opportunities and candidates posting area where you can find qualified risk professionals to fill a position – or find a great position for yourself. A calendar of conferences and training events, many with online registration, is also available, often with links to the applicable conference website. With all of these services in one place, you will have to look no further than for your professional alternative insurance needs.

How are the operations of financed?

Revenues come primarily from sponsorships. We also sell captive-specific publications in the store.

Who owns and operates Captive.Com? is owned and operated by International Risk Management Institute, Inc. IRMI was the first publisher of reference content covering the field of risk finance in 1983 with the publication of Risk Financing, a comprehensive reference resource on all aspects of traditional and alternative insurance market approaches. IRMI is now also publisher of the first newsletter to cover the field of captives, Captive Insurance Company Reports, as well as two comprehensive books on the subject of captive insurance. The primary mission of is to create and operate a one-stop location on the Internet for the exchange of information and services related to captives and the alternative risk transfer marketplace. 

How can our business become a sponsor at

Contact using this form, or call us at 1-800-827-4242.

How can I find out more about the captive insurance industry? makes available numerous research resources at no cost. Explore Captive Basics and the Learning Center first. Other suggestions include reviewing industry newsletters or the informational articles in the NewsStand, asking questions of industry professionals in the Ask the Expert Forum, or contacting one of the many associations which serve the captive industry regarding membership. Many of the Home Pages within the Business Center contain outstanding informational material. The Domicile Showcases are also a rich resource of information. As you browse through, you will learn a lot about this exciting and growing industry. Lastly, subscribe to the Captive Wire (by using the signup form on the right sidebar of this page) and follow on Twitter  to keep up with developments in the fast moving captive insurance and alternative market world.