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A) Captives: cashflows

How it works:

  • The parent, via a fronting company, pays its insurance premiums to its subsidiary captive, which has access to the reinsurance market where lower-cost insurance rates can be obtained
  • The captive will decide how much of the claims risk to absorb for itself and will accordingly store some of the premiums received in its loss fund
  • This loss fund invests such cash received in the stock market, earning investment income that is retained in the captive’s loss fund
  • For the claims risk it does not wish to absorb in this way, it will purchase reinsurance cover of its own on the open market via unrelated reinsurers
  • As and when retained claims are incurred by the parent company, these are settled using resources from the captive’s loss fund as planned
  • By carefully controlling risk absorbed and claims paid, any profits that the captive makes can be returned to the parent company
  • In such a way, an expense (insurance costs) can instead become a source of profits

B) Rent-a-captives: cashflows


How it works:

  • Cash flows for rent-a-captives are very similar to captives, the main difference being that instead of a dedicated subsidiary company being set up for each participant, a management company will set up a rent-a-captive company in which anyone can participate
  • In effect, each participant owns a virtual slice of the captive, with ring-fenced loss funds, investment income and claims paid etc
  • The management company will charge a fee to each of the participants, via the rent-a-captive, for the service provided
  • Profits that the rent-a-captive earns can be returned to the participators as virtual dividends

See also: Introduction to Captives

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