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Captive Insurance and Custody

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January 22, 2018

A new Captive Thought Leader Video featuring Martin Ellis, manager of Comerica Bank's Global and Captive Insurance Group, and titled, "Custody for Captive Insurers," has recently been added to the library.   

Mr. Ellis explains that custody for captive insurers is simply the holding or safekeeping of a captive's financial assets in an onshore or offshore account. Some of the custodian's duties include the following: (1) reporting—keeping track of investments, the CUSIP numbers, the ticker symbols, the cost and market value of the investments, the accrued income, and the gains and losses; (2) settling trades made by the investment managers; (3) collecting dividend and interest income on the investments; (4) handling proxy voting; and (5) Schedule D reporting—compiling a detailed list of investments for regulatory purposes. 

This section of the site currently features 61 short educational videos by 13 captive insurance experts. Among the topics covered in the 1–3-minute videos are micro-captives, tax issues, captive feasibility, captive domicile selection, choosing an auditor, captive management, group captives, healthcare captives, risk pooling, common myths about captives, how to manage a captive efficiently, what makes a captive successful, and benefits in captives.

Along with Mr. Ellis, the captive insurance experts featured in the videos include the following.

  • John Alberici, chairman, Alberici Corporation
  • Gary Bowers, tax partner, Johnson Lambert
  • Jeremy Colombik, president, Management Services International
  • Martin Eveleigh, chairman, Atlas Insurance Management
  • Alan Fleming, chairman, Airmic
  • Debbie Liebeskind, actuary, Human Resources, Towers Watson
  • Michael Maglaras, principal, Michael Maglaras & Company
  • Steven McElhiney, president & CEO, EWI Re, Inc.
  • Michael O'Neill, president & CEO, American Contractors Insurance Group
  • Hugh Rosenbaum, retired principal, Towers Watson
  • Bruce Wright, partner, Eversheds Sutherland (US)
  • Brady Young, president & CEO, Strategic Risk Solutions

Each of these captive insurance thought leaders has decades of broad experience with captive insurance companies, and they freely share their expertise in the videos. Their combined knowledge constitutes a wealth of information on captive insurance fundamentals that will be especially valuable to newcomers to captive insurance. By watching one or two of these informative videos each day for a month, you will hone your knowledge of captive insurance fundamentals and trends.

There is no cost to view the videos, and you will find them in the Captive Thought Leader Videos section of More videos will be added in the future.

(Mr. Ellis is shown above.)

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