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  • Contrasting Risk Retention Groups and Captive Insurance Companies It is said that all risk retention groups (RRGs) are captive insurance companies, but not all captives are RRGs. Learn about the key contrasts of RRGs and other types of captives, including the number licensed, scope of coverage, and interest in formation.
  • Harvey, Irma, and Maria's Impact on the Alternative Capital Market Over the course of 4 weeks late in the summer of 2017, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria brought dangerous and immensely destructive conditions to a wide swath of the Caribbean and continental United States. Aaron Koch of Milliman surveys the damage and discusses impact for the alternative capital market.
  • The Bilateral Covered Agreement: Regulating a Global Insurance Marketplace The so-called covered agreement between the United States and the European Union is expected to level the playing field for US insurers and reinsurers operating in Europe while further confirming that the US insurance regulatory system meets the goals of insurance sector oversight, policyholder protection, and national and global financial stability.
  • Reinsurance Arbitration Clause Pitfalls for Captive Insurers Almost every captive insurer purchases some type of reinsurance. The issuing reinsurer and the captive insurer enter the relationship with the best of intentions. But if disagreements happen, they will be subject to the reinsurance contract's arbitration clause, and captive insurers should seek to understand arbitration clause pitfalls.
  • Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) Defined Most captive insurance company owners/directors have heard the terminology "special purpose vehicles" or "SPVs." However, many do not have a good working understanding of what these entities are. In this article, we provide a definition and identify several key attributes of SPVs.
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Contrasting Risk Retention Groups and Captive Insurance Companies

It is said that all risk retention groups (RRGs) are captive insurance companies, but not all captives are RRGs. Learn about the key contrasts of RRGs and other types of captives, including the number licensed, scope of coverage, and interest in formation.
November 20, 2017 Read More
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Harvey, Irma, and Maria's Impact on the Alternative Capital Market

Over the course of 4 weeks late in the summer of 2017, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria brought dangerous and immensely destructive conditions to a wide swath of the Caribbean and continental United States. Aaron Koch of Milliman surveys the damage and discusses impact for the alternative capital market.
November 15, 2017 Read More
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The Bilateral Covered Agreement: Regulating a Global Insurance Marketplace

The so-called covered agreement between the United States and the European Union is expected to level the playing field for US insurers and reinsurers operating in Europe while further confirming that the US insurance regulatory system meets the goals of insurance sector oversight, policyholder protection, and national and global financial stability.
November 13, 2017 Read More
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Reinsurance Arbitration Clause Pitfalls for Captive Insurers

Almost every captive insurer purchases some type of reinsurance. The issuing reinsurer and the captive insurer enter the relationship with the best of intentions. But if disagreements happen, they will be subject to the reinsurance contract's arbitration clause, and captive insurers should seek to understand arbitration clause pitfalls.
November 08, 2017 Read More
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Utilizing Captives for Cyber-Liability Risks: The Breach Response Plan

Scott Uhl of EWI Re, Inc., discusses a single-parent captive approach to creating an enterprise-wide cyber-liability breach response plan. An effective breach response plan can materially improve a company's cyber-risk profile for improved loss control and lower premium expense, Mr. Uhl says.
November 06, 2017 Read More
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5 Key Pillars of Captive Insurer Corporate Governance

As a captive owner or board director, what are the primary components of captive corporate governance? In this article, we look at five key pillars of corporate governance and provide a brief description of each facet.
November 01, 2017 Read More
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Can the Black-Scholes Model Be Used for Captive Insurance Premiums?

Pinnacle Actuarial Resources' Derek Freihaut and Tim Mosler share their thoughts on the viability of applying a specific mathematical model, Black-Scholes, in estimating the maximum premium appropriate for a captive insurance company. Should the Black-Scholes pricing model be used to estimate captive insurance premiums?
October 30, 2017 Read More
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Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) Defined

Most captive insurance company owners/directors have heard the terminology "special purpose vehicles" or "SPVs." However, many do not have a good working understanding of what these entities are. In this article, we provide a definition and identify several key attributes of SPVs.
October 25, 2017 Read More
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Charles Kolodkin—Captive Owner of Interest

Captive.com spoke with Charles Kolodkin to discuss his role in overseeing Cleveland Clinic Health System's insurance program and captive operations. Cleveland Clinic is one of the country's largest healthcare organizations, whose flagship facility is consistently rated among the nation's top five hospitals.
October 23, 2017 Read More
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Corporate Governance and External Peer Review

In this article by Robert Walling, Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, he discusses how the use of a peer review of the consulting actuary's work results in better corporate governance. Given the lack of insurance expertise on many captives' board of directors, the use of a peer review is certainly justified.
October 18, 2017 Read More
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