Captive Insurance Issues and Trends 2017
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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.
This is a market insider’s personal reflection on the future prospects for Lloyd's of London as it faces fundamental challenges around structure, regulation, and cost. Anyone with a captive using Lloyd's for reinsurance should consider the points in this narrative. While it is only one scenario, the thesis is worthy of reflection.
Rental captives are but one form of a captive insurance company. A captive insurer is an insurance company that is wholly owned and controlled by its insureds; its primary purpose is to insure the risks of its owners, and its insureds benefit from the captive insurer's underwriting profits.
Founders Indemnity Group, Inc., was licensed by the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance on November 2, 2016.
The Reinsurance Association of America (RAA) survey results for a group of 18 US property/casualty reinsurers show a 6.9 percent increase in net premiums for the 9 months that ended September 30, 2016, compared to the same period in 2015.
The outlook for Golden Insurance Company, RRG, has been revised from stable to negative by A.M. Best, and its financial strength rating of B (Fair) has been affirmed. The revised outlook is worth the review of all in the risk retention group (RRG) community. The rating reflects issues that every RRG should be concerned about as they seek to maintain financial and operational sound companies.
The Connecticut Captive Insurance Association (CCIA) had its fifth annual Symposium October 12–13 at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut. The theme for this year’s event was “Managing Risk in the New Economy.” Some of the distinguished guests attending the conference included Katharine Wade, the insurance commissioner for the state of Connecticut, and Jonathan A. Harris, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection.
On September 28, 2016, Senator Mark R. Warner, D-VA, and Representative Richard E. Neal, D-MA, introduced companion legislation in both the Senate (S. 3424) and House of Representatives (H.R. 6270) "to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to prevent the avoidance of tax by insurance companies through reinsurance with non-taxed affiliates."
The last truly hard market in commercial lines was 13 years ago, more than 4 years longer than the average soft market cycle length of 9 years. What began in the commercial property markets and then spread to casualty lines now seems to have claimed workers compensation as well.
The 17th Annual South Carolina Captive Insurance Association (SCCIA) Conference has an excellent program on tap for all who will be attending the meeting at The Mills House in Charleston, South Carolina, September 13–15. While online registration for the Conference is closed, onsite registration will be available each day starting at 7:00 a.m.