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KBRA's Unique Global Captive Insurer Rating Methodology

For captive insurers struggling to determine whether it makes sense to secure a financial rating, there is now a new option. Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) recently released its new Global Captive Insurer Rating Methodology. Carol Pierce shares her thoughts on the new methodology.
November 27, 2017 Read More
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Why Captive Investment Manager Due Diligence Matters

With the recent revelations concerning the issues at Guggenheim Partners and the New York state pension fund, captive insurers should consider how they conduct investment manager due diligence. Find out what precipitated the scandal and how captive insurers should consider conducting due diligence on money managers.
November 22, 2017 Read More
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Accounting Rules Impact Captives Writing High Deductible Workers Comp Policies

Johnson Lambert recently released a new white paper on the revisions to Statement of Statutory Accounting Principles (SSAP) No. 65 regarding high deductible workers compensation policies. Any captive insurers using this type of policy need to be aware of the changes and their impact.
September 20, 2017 Read More
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PCAOB Adopts New Standards on Unqualified Audit Opinion Disclosures

Why should captive insurers care about new accounting opinion disclosure standards for public companies? The reason is that they bring the United States into closer alignment with international accounting standards and are likely to become "best practices," even for nonpublic companies.
August 28, 2017 Read More
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The Case for Passive "ETF" Investing Grows Stronger for Captives

For captives, especially smaller captives or group captives, passive investing can help reduce frictional investment expenses in a low yield, total return environment. A recent S&P webinar and "Wall Street Journal" article strengthen the argument for passive investing, thereby reinforcing a case for captives' use of passive investing.
June 28, 2017 Read More
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Risk Retention Groups Remain Financially Stable Despite Mixed Reported Results

A review of the reported financial results of risk retention groups reveals insurers that continue to collectively provide specialized coverage to their insureds while remaining financially stable, according to the latest Demotech report on the sector. While risk retention groups have reported net income, they have also continued to maintain adequate loss reserves while increasing premium written year over year.
May 26, 2017 Read More
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KBRA Announces New Captive Rating Service

The market for captive ratings just expanded with the announcement from Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) about its new rating option. We interviewed KBRA's insurance specialists at the KBRA home office in New York, and our Q-and-A examines this new option and how it differs from the model-driven philosophy of other credit rating agencies.
May 08, 2017 Read More
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Is Active Investment Management Facing Extinction?

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.
April 04, 2017 Read More
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Loss Disclosures for Short-Duration Insurance Contracts (GAAP Filers)

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.
March 22, 2017 Read More
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Uncertain Times Squared: The Future of Investing for Insurers

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.
March 06, 2017 Read More
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