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Should You Consider Writing Cyberrisk Coverage through Your Captive?

Cyberrisk is a hot topic at captive conferences, and a panel of experts at the Connecticut Captive Insurance Association’s annual Symposium on Captive Insurance provided a great overview of this expanding risk. Leon Pintsov, CEO of SignitSure Company, moderated the panel. He stated, “No statistical stability exists for the cyber risk,” making it difficult to underwrite.
September 19, 2014 Read More

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Captives Land on IRS Priority Guidance Plan for 2014–2015

On August 26, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service issued its Priority Guidance Plan (PGP) for 2014–2015. The list reflects 317 projects the IRS designates as priorities for the allocation of resources during the designated period, although generally not all items are completed during the designated period.
September 25, 2014 Read More

Reinsurance Markets, Captives, and Generative Thinking

Over the last month Captive Wire and Captive.com have highlighted a series of headlines suggesting that the fundamentals underlying the global reinsurance market are changing. John Foehl, coeditor of Captive.com and Captive Wire, suggests generative thinking is one means of considering what these changes mean for captives.
September 25, 2014 Read More

Underwriting Note: Another State Invalidates Caps on Some Punitive Damages

Last week a 7-0 Missouri Supreme Court decision invalidated the state cap on some punitive damages. The supreme court restored the judgment of a lower court because the plaintiff had filed a claim as a common law fraud, which existed in Missouri since the first state constitution was written.
September 17, 2014 Read More

Captive Insurer Clarification Act Would Correct Unintended Consequences of NRRA

In July 2014 Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced Senate Bill 2796, which would clarify the definition of nonadmitted insurer under the Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act (NRRA) of 2010. The legislation is cosponsored by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
September 04, 2014 Read More

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Captive Basics Section Now Explains Protected or Segregated Cell Captives

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In our ongoing program to update and improve Captive.com, the Captive Basics section has been expanded with a new article. “What Is a Protected or Segregated Cell Captive?” discusses the advantages and disadvantages of rental captives and describes protected cell captives.
December 17, 2014 Read More

"The Strategic Advantage": Theme for 2015 CICA Annual Conference

The Captive Insurance Companies Association (CICA) has announced the program for its 2015 International Conference, which will be held March 8–10, 2015 in Orlando, Florida.
December 17, 2014 Read More

2014 Workers’ Compensation Claims Operational Benchmarking Study

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Executives, claims professionals, and others serving captives providing workers compensation coverage should read the results of the 2014 Workers’ Compensation Benchmarking Study--Claims Management Operational Study. The study had the benefit of the participation of more than 400 managers, directors, and executive-level claims leaders, a 57 percent increase from the prior year.
December 16, 2014 Read More

NY Times Reports on Life Insurer Tax Avoidance through Use of Captives

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The New York Times has reported that life insurers are …”taking advantage of fierce competition for their business among states, which have passed special laws that allow the companies to pull cash away from reserves they are required to keep to pay claims.”
December 15, 2014 Read More

Looking Ahead to 2016 Money Market Fund Regulations

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The US Securities and Exchange Commission has recently adopted money market fund rules. The rules are designed to reduce the risk of investor runs on money market funds should another financial crisis occur. The new rules require institutional money market funds to float the net asset value (share price) in such a manner that it reflects the fair value of the investments the fund holds.
December 12, 2014 Read More

Captive Basics Section Now Explains Micro-Captives

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In our ongoing program to update and improve Captive.com, the Captive Basics section has been expanded with a new article: “What Is a Micro-Captive?”
December 11, 2014 Read More

Arizona Domicile Continues To Grow

The Captive Insurance Division of the Arizona Department of Insurance reported that as of September 30, 2014, the state has 111 licensed captives, a net increase of 5 since the beginning of 2014. With 3 pending applications it is on target to exceed its 2013 rate of growth.
December 11, 2014 Read More

National Guardian Risk Retention Group (NGRRG) Rating Affirmed

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Demotech, Inc., has affirmed the financial stability rating of A, Exceptional, that has been assigned to National Guardian Risk Retention Group.
December 10, 2014 Read More

Congratulations to Captive.com Sponsors Who Are Among the “Power 50”

The 50 most influential figures within the captive insurance industry--along with ones to watch--are identified annually from submissions made to Captive Review. Captive.com would like to extend its congratulations to representatives of its sponsors who were in the "Power 50" and "One To Watch" group for 2014.
December 09, 2014 Read More