When traditional business insurance can't provide the solution for your risk management needs we have a number of alternative markets and options we can employ. We have different ways to manage risk intelligently through the use of higher retention, risk retention groups, or captive insurance programs.
put their own capital at risk by creating their own insurance company,
working outside of the commercial insurance marketplace,
to achieve their risk financing objectives.
Reviewing these three essential features of captive insurance will help to clarify the nature of a captive insurance company.
Any insured who purchases captive insurance must be willing and able to invest its own resources. The insured in a captive insurance company not only has ownership in and control of the company but also benefits from its profitability.
A policyholder in a mutual insurance company is theoretically entitled to receive dividends if the company makes a profit. In reality, however, mutual insurance companies generally accumulate rather than distribute their surplus.
Captive insurers often have significantly less capital than commercial insurers and no protection for the insureds from state guaranty funds. But those who use captive insurance choose to participate in the risks and rewards associated with using their own risk capital, rather than paying to use the capital of commercial insurers. They make this choice believing that captive insurance offers something superior to commercial insurance. And commercial insurance is not always available. Since they are not traditional commercial insurers, captives are considered a part of what is often called the "alternative market," or "alternative risk transfer (ART) market."
Contact the Valeri Agency today to find out which coverage is best for you!