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  • Robert Walling—Captive Insurance Person of Interest As part of our ongoing commitment to provide thoughtful commentary concerning issues impacting captives and the broader insurance markets, we spoke with Robert Walling, principal and consulting actuary at Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc. Read his thoughts on the actuarial profession, predictive modeling, and the need for innovation.
  • Communication Is Key to Successful Collateral Negotiations Collateral negotiations can often be contentious. While collateral is required for a variety of insurance programs, opinions of how much collateral is necessary can differ significantly. An objective discussion between the actuaries behind the loss projections on both sides of the negotiation can help find valuable middle ground.
  • Captive Domiciles Update Their Laws To Attract and Keep Captive Insurers States with captive insurance laws are not resting on their laurels but are continuing to enhance those laws to attract new captive insurers and retain current ones with at least six state captive domiciles so far this year passing measures amending their captive statutes.
  • Michael Maglaras—Captive Insurance Person of Interest As part of our ongoing commitment to provide thoughtful commentary concerning issues impacting captives and the broader insurance markets, we spoke with Michael Maglaras. Read his thoughts on data mining and analytics, single-payer health care, and why captives should not be overly focused on the return of hard market conditions.
  • IRA Tax Ruling Favors Captive Insurance Management Services International (MSI) recently analyzed the "Summa Holdings, Inc. v. Comm'r" case decided and filed in February. In its analysis, MSI asks us to consider if this individual retirement account (IRA) tax ruling has favorable implications for the captive insurance industry and moves to the conclusion that the answer is affirmative.
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Robert Walling—Captive Insurance Person of Interest

As part of our ongoing commitment to provide thoughtful commentary concerning issues impacting captives and the broader insurance markets, we spoke with Robert Walling, principal and consulting actuary at Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc. Read his thoughts on the actuarial profession, predictive modeling, and the need for innovation.
July 26, 2017 Read More
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Is Your Predictive Analytical Modeling Wrong?

"All models are wrong; some models are useful." Given how pervasive predictive analytical modeling has become in all corners of insurance, this quote serves as an important reminder that models are mere approximations of the real world. While beneficial, models should not be used as a substitute for critical thinking.
July 24, 2017 Read More
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7 Steps To Increase Employee Retention

Employee turnover is costly. In terms of annual salary, cost estimates for losing a position to turnover range from 30–150 percent (hourly employees) up to 250 percent (sales/senior leadership). Developing a strategy that follows seven key steps is critical to the long-term success of an overall employee retention plan.
July 19, 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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Communication Is Key to Successful Collateral Negotiations

Collateral negotiations can often be contentious. While collateral is required for a variety of insurance programs, opinions of how much collateral is necessary can differ significantly. An objective discussion between the actuaries behind the loss projections on both sides of the negotiation can help find valuable middle ground.
July 12, 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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Captive Domiciles Update Their Laws To Attract and Keep Captive Insurers

States with captive insurance laws are not resting on their laurels but are continuing to enhance those laws to attract new captive insurers and retain current ones with at least six state captive domiciles so far this year passing measures amending their captive statutes.
July 05, 2017 Read More
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Michael Maglaras—Captive Insurance Person of Interest

As part of our ongoing commitment to provide thoughtful commentary concerning issues impacting captives and the broader insurance markets, we spoke with Michael Maglaras. Read his thoughts on data mining and analytics, single-payer health care, and why captives should not be overly focused on the return of hard market conditions.
July 03, 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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IRA Tax Ruling Favors Captive Insurance

Management Services International (MSI) recently analyzed the "Summa Holdings, Inc. v. Comm'r" case decided and filed in February. In its analysis, MSI asks us to consider if this individual retirement account (IRA) tax ruling has favorable implications for the captive insurance industry and moves to the conclusion that the answer is affirmative.
June 26, 2017 Read More
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