As companies increase their use of captive insurance due to the hardening commercial market, captive insurance use is spreading from advanced markets to Asia and Latin America, according to a new report from the Swiss Re Institute. Meanwhile, in advanced markets, midsized companies are increasingly using new captive business models.
Nearly all major commercial insurance lines experienced quarter-over-quarter premium renewal rate increases during the first quarter of 2021, according to the January IVANS Index, a regular premium renewal rate index compiled by the IVANS insurance exchange service.
Legislation passed recently in Delaware would reduce the length of time captive insurance companies would have to be inactive to file for dormancy. Under the measure, S. 1, captive insurance companies could go into dormancy if they were inactive for 12 consecutive months instead of the currently required calendar year.
Legislation recently approved by Alabama lawmakers and on its way to Gov. Kay Ivey for her signature makes a variety of changes affecting captive insurance companies. Under SB 23, minimum capitalization requirements for pure captive insurance companies and protected cell captives would be reduced to $100,000 from $250,000.
With the COVID-19 pandemic and a high level of natural disasters, 2020 was a year that strained business, society, and the insurance industry. In a recently released sigma report, Swiss Re noted that 2020's $202 billion in global economic losses from catastrophes was the ninth highest for single-year economic losses.
April 1 international reinsurance renewals were consistent with earlier trends as pricing remained firm in virtually all classes and territories, according to Willis Re. The intermediary said reinsurance capacity was adequate across the board, and there were no substantive changes in negotiations over exclusionary language.
The Nevada insurance commissioner would be given new authority to review the qualifications of a captive insurer's manager and, if appropriate, disqualify the manager or suspend or revoke the captive's license under A.B. 45, legislation now under consideration by state lawmakers.