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  • Why Letters of Credit Are the Most Popular Option for Captive Insurers Martin Ellis, manager of Comerica Bank's Captive Insurance Group, explains why letters of credit (LOCs) are the most popular collateral option for captive insurers. An LOC is a simple one-page document that is universally accepted and governed by international customs and practices.
  • Collateral for Captive Insurers Martin Ellis, manager of Comerica Bank's Captive Insurance Group, discusses how captive insurers use two main types of collateral. A letter of credit is issued by the bank to the front for a fixed amount. A reinsurance trust is a three-party agreement among the captive, the front, and the bank.
  • Non-NatCat Insurance-Linked Securities: Identifying Opportunities One of the most important market trends has been the rise in non-life insurance-linked securities (ILS) that transfer risks outside of the natural catastrophe space. Aaron Koch of Milliman provides an overview of "non-Nat-Cat" ILS market potential and offers his view on next steps.
  • 2018 Reinsurance Outlook for Captives Reinsurance is an integral part of most captive insurers' risk management programs. Due to a confluence of events, reinsurance pricing has been fairly benign over the last several years. However, this may change in 2018. Find out why captives need to focus on reinsurance renewals.
  • 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.
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Why Letters of Credit Are the Most Popular Option for Captive Insurers

Martin Ellis, manager of Comerica Bank's Captive Insurance Group, explains why letters of credit (LOCs) are the most popular collateral option for captive insurers. An LOC is a simple one-page document that is universally accepted and governed by international customs and practices.
February 20, 2018 Read More
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Collateral for Captive Insurers

Martin Ellis, manager of Comerica Bank's Captive Insurance Group, discusses how captive insurers use two main types of collateral. A letter of credit is issued by the bank to the front for a fixed amount. A reinsurance trust is a three-party agreement among the captive, the front, and the bank.
January 08, 2018 Read More
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Non-NatCat Insurance-Linked Securities: Identifying Opportunities

One of the most important market trends has been the rise in non-life insurance-linked securities (ILS) that transfer risks outside of the natural catastrophe space. Aaron Koch of Milliman provides an overview of "non-Nat-Cat" ILS market potential and offers his view on next steps.
December 13, 2017 Read More
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2018 Reinsurance Outlook for Captives

Reinsurance is an integral part of most captive insurers' risk management programs. Due to a confluence of events, reinsurance pricing has been fairly benign over the last several years. However, this may change in 2018. Find out why captives need to focus on reinsurance renewals.
December 06, 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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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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What Captive Insurers Need To Know about ILS, Alternative Capital, and Reinsurance

As Hurricane Irma has left its mark on Florida, and Texas continues the cleanup from Hurricane Harvey, what do these catastrophes imply for the insurance-linked securities (ILS), alternative capital, and reinsurance markets?
September 11, 2017 Read More
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How Single-Parent Captives Can Benefit from Captive Risk Pooling

Many single-parent captives insure only the risks of just one or a few insureds and will be unable to achieve risk sharing. One solution involves joining a risk pool. The benefits of captive risk pooling are explained in this video by Martin Eveleigh of Atlas Insurance Management.
August 14, 2017 Read More
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