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  • Cayman Is Transforming into an International Insurance and Reinsurance Jurisdiction With growing competition from new captive insurance domiciles, the Cayman Islands are evolving into an international insurance and reinsurance jurisdiction. This article summarizes the Insurance Managers Association of Cayman's (IMAC's) view of the transformation that is underway.
  • Reinsurance—3 Ways To Think Outside the Box As the capital markets continue to penetrate the traditional reinsurance markets, captive owners would do well to think outside the box. This article suggests ways owners might collaborate to create innovative capital market opportunities.
  • What Is a Reciprocal Insurance Company, and How Is It Taxed? A reciprocal insurance company is an arrangement through which mutual promises of the participants are exchanged with respect to their insurance risks. While not a separately incorporated company, it is characterized as an insurance company for federal tax purposes.
  • Direct Procurement Taxes: A Primer for Captives Direct procurement taxes, also known as self-procurement taxes, are imposed by many states when an insured purchases insurance from an insurer not licensed in the state. These taxes can drive up the cost associated with buying insurance from a captive. This article is a primer on direct procurement taxes and how they operate.
  • Captives Once Again Make the IRS "Dirty Dozen" List For the third consecutive year, what it calls "abusive micro-captives" make an appearance on the IRS's annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams in 2017. This article points out some important distinctions in the messaging around the IRS's 2017 announcement as compared to last year.
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Top Trends in Insurance Industry Disruption

Captive owners should seek to understand how technology changes are reshaping the insurance industry and contemplate the implications for their captives. This article touches on the fundamental changes that insurtech may bring to the insurance industry and what the future may hold for captives.
March 29, 2017 Read More
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Cayman Is Transforming into an International Insurance and Reinsurance Jurisdiction

With growing competition from new captive insurance domiciles, the Cayman Islands are evolving into an international insurance and reinsurance jurisdiction. This article summarizes the Insurance Managers Association of Cayman's (IMAC's) view of the transformation that is underway.
March 28, 2017 Read More
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Reinsurance—3 Ways To Think Outside the Box

As the capital markets continue to penetrate the traditional reinsurance markets, captive owners would do well to think outside the box. This article suggests ways owners might collaborate to create innovative capital market opportunities.
March 27, 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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The Case for Centralized In-House Loss Control with Captive Insurance

Written by a practicing risk manager, this article outlines some of the potential advantages of embedding centralized loss control within a captive and how doing so can reduce the cost of risk.
March 20, 2017 Read More
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A Guide to Actuarial Reports

There are numerous types of actuarial reports, and they can be as different as the actuaries who author them. This article gives guidance on which elements are required and which are a matter of style with the purpose of helping you to better understand actuarial reports.
March 15, 2017 Read More
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Captive Insurance Assets and Investment Policies

It is important for captive board members to be conversant in certain key concepts. This article, fourth in a series, looks at assets of captive insurers and the components of an investment policy.
March 13, 2017 Read More
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Insurance Pricing—A Key Concept for Captive Board Members

Captive board members should become conversant in the key concepts applying to captives. This article, third in a series, looks at pricing coverage for captive insurers.
March 08, 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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What Is a Reciprocal Insurance Company, and How Is It Taxed?

A reciprocal insurance company is an arrangement through which mutual promises of the participants are exchanged with respect to their insurance risks. While not a separately incorporated company, it is characterized as an insurance company for federal tax purposes.
March 01, 2017 Read More
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