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When the federal government adopted The Tax Shelter Captive IRC 831(b), captive insurers were provided the opportunity to deduct premiums from their tax bill. The benefits are obvious. Unfortunately, those benefits led to an abuse of the system. Some captive insurance groups are merely tax shelters that offer little to no risk coverage. How do you know that the captive you are joining, or the one...

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Captives are a risk management strategy currently experiencing growth across industries as a result of a healthy economy and subsequent growth of business sectors. As organizations, both large and small, expand across geographies, they are challenged by complexity, regulations, employee benefits and shifting business alliances. Captive insurance technology has kept pace with a growing demand, enabling captive insurers to access data across geographies and expedite...

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The Bermuda Monetary Authority has opened an application process designed for insurers interested in experimenting with new technologies within a relatively risk-free and carefully modified regulatory environment. A regulatory sandbox is a new and extremely relevant concept as the insurance industry expands in non-traditional ways and leverages new technology. Here are a few examples of how a regulatory sandbox would be of interest to a...

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Small to medium-sized insurance companies are turning to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) with an ever-increasing frequency. It is important that data channeled through SaaS is safe and secure to the greatest degree possible against being lost, stolen or corrupted. There are recommended measures that can be taken to help protect sensitive data from being compromised.   Avoid Deadline Vulnerabilities The rush by insurance software providers to complete development or updates to...

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Smaller insurance companies are migrating away from traditional in-house hardware and software systems, and who can blame them? New and innovative cloud-based applications are now available that save these companies time, money and headaches. These systems, known as Software as a Service, or SaaS, are changing the landscape of insurers and allowing smaller companies to better compete with their larger peers. SaaS is available on many...

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Small insurers hold an advantageous position in the industry. Their flexibility allows for speed and customization. They offer and manage traditional and non-traditional insurance policies while accessing similar digital tools and insurance underwriting software as their larger, and less personable, competitors. By leveraging the power of ERM frameworks, small insurers are able to assess risk across multiple factors and provide deep data analysis that positively...

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Public entities, such as state agencies, municipalities and school districts, share a common bond in that their revenue comes from public funds or taxpayer dollars. In order to effectively manage risk with public funds, many public entities are forming public entity risk pools with immense success. For public entities considering joining or forming a risk pool, below are eight facts that may help to answer...

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In an ever-changing economic environment, businesses are looking for new and innovative ways to effectively manage capital and assets. Some companies are seeking alternatives to traditional insurance coverages through the use of a captive insurance company.   What is Captive Insurance? Basically, a captive insurer is an insurance company that is completely controlled and owned by its insured. However simplistic as this may sound, the scope and administration...

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Public entities, such as government agencies and municipalities, have unique needs when it comes to insurance and risk management. Because their sources of revenue are public funds, i.e. taxpayer dollars, they are held to a higher level of stewardship than businesses in the private sector. In order to help mitigate risk while preserving revenue, some public entities are joining risk-sharing pools. While there are advantages to...

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Insurers come in all shapes and sizes, from Tier 1 monolithic operations to the smallest captives and self-insured groups.  One thing has been made clear to me in the 30-plus years I’ve served this industry: Regardless of size, many insurers do not fully understand their technology requirements. I’m not saying this because I want to sell them something they don’t need; I’m saying it because...

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