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Syzygy Insurance Co. v. Commissioner: What You Should Know

Syzygy Insurance Company, a microcaptive created by Highland Tank & Manufacturing Co. and its associates did not qualify as an 831(b) microcaptive entity between the years of 2009 and 2011. Find out what you should know about this Tax Court case.
July 23, 2019 Read More
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Aaron Koch: ILS Will Continue To Play an Increasing Role for Captives

As part of our ongoing commitment to provide thoughtful commentary concerning issues impacting captives and the broader insurance markets, we spoke with Aaron Koch of Milliman's insurance-linked securities (ILS) group about the current state of affairs in the ILS market and how captives are utilizing this segment.
July 22, 2019 Read More
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Lacking Widespread Support, RRG Expansion Legislation Unlikely

The introduction of legislation to allow risk retention groups (RRGs) to expand coverages they can offer to their policyholder-owners has yet to happen, and even when it does, observers believe it has little chance of winning congressional passage.
July 22, 2019 Read More
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Artex Positions Itself for Growth with Senior Leadership Appointments

Artex Risk Solutions has made a number of key appointments within its international division, including Scott Cobon, Rob Eastham, Paul Eaton, and Mike Matthews.
July 19, 2019 Read More
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The Arkansas Captive Insurance Domicile

While Arkansas is a small captive domicile with just 6 captives at the end of 2018 and 8 captives currently, state regulators and others expect significant growth over the next few years. That optimism is based on several factors, including an attractive captive statute. Curious? Learn more today on
July 19, 2019 Read More
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Captive Insurance Pooling Is an Option for Covering Mass Shooting Attacks

Insurers have begun offering active assailant insurance coverage in the wake of a marked increase in mass shootings in the United States in recent years. In some cases, schools can seek solutions via captive insurance vehicles by pooling their liability exposure to these types of events with other schools.
July 18, 2019 Read More
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US Workers Compensation Market Remains on Track

Fitch Ratings reported the US workers compensation market is on track for a fifth consecutive year of underwriting profits in 2019 despite recent weakening in market fundamentals.
July 18, 2019 Read More
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Bulletproofing Your Captive Insurance Company

Mark Sims, vice president of business development at Captive Alternatives, LLC, says that best practices for bulletproofing a captive insurance company so that it meets the definition of an insurance company involve consideration of five criteria: risk sharing (shifting), risk distribution, premium pricing, policies, and claims.
July 17, 2019 Read More

Insurance and Reinsurance Solution Launched for Midsized Captives

International Re (I–RE), the specialist captive insurance and reinsurance managing general agent, has established a midsized captive insurance and reinsurance solution, I–RE SA.
July 17, 2019 Read More
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Treasury's Proposed Regulations on the PFIC Rules Insurance Exception

Treasury has issued proposed regulations on the insurance exception to the passive foreign investment company rules. This article focuses on only one of the aspects of the regulations, albeit a very important one for captive insurance companies—the active conduct requirements.
July 16, 2019 Read More
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