Captive Managers

I was looking for an actuary that was open minded with a broad depth of knowledge. My past actuaries were more concerned with their formulas than what I suggested. Pinnacle is the best!

— Peter Meyer
Inner Circle Insurance Company


Captive Managers

As a captive manager, you need a trusted actuarial advisor who is not only technically competent but can also communicate in plain language while offering outstanding insight, analysis and service.

We offer a full range of actuarial services specific to the needs of captive managers. From traditional services, such as loss reserve and funding analyses for exposure within deductibles or self-insured retentions to comparing alternate program structures with retention levels to feasibility studies, we have the expertise necessary to help you drive better business decisions.

Pinnacle has expertise in a wide variety of lines of coverage, alternative risk transfer structures, regulatory jurisdictions and industry niches. Our expertise has been developed by our team of experienced consultants who understand the specific needs of captive managers, but also with the local knowledge unique to individual market segments.

As nationally-respected experts in alternative markets, we also offer a full range of actuarial services to a wide variety of self-insureds, including traditional loss reserve analysis for exposure within deductibles or self-insured retentions. We regularly assist clients to comparing alternate program structures, analyze retention levels and developing feasibility study documents. Regulatory authorities in jurisdictions around the world respect our quality work.

We understand the insurance challenges public entities face and we are equipped to help you meet them, regardless of your insurance program and service providers. We’re well versed on the Governmental Accounting Standards Board Statement No. 10, and understand the impact for state and local governmental entities, their public entity risk pools and other relevant accounting guidance.

Our commitment to captive managers goes beyond the basics to understanding the unique requirements of your specific industry, providing insight to a range of likely outcomes and providing you with the intelligence you need to succeed.

Publications and Media

March 2018 APEX Webinar
Expected Adverse Development as a Measure of Risk Distribution
Authored by Derek W. Freihaut and Robert J. Walling III.

January 2018 APEX Webinar
Statements of Actuarial Opinion at Year-End 2017
Authored by Joseph A. Herbers and Aaron N. Hillebrandt.

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Case Studies

Audit Support & Risk Transfer
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Audit Support & Risk Transfer

Pinnacle provides audit support for captive insurers to a major accounting/audit firm. The audit support typically includes a review of the actuarial report and supporting documents to determine if the actuarial report adheres to professional standards and provides a reasonable estimate of held reserves. As part of this support we interact with the actuaries who developed the report in order to answer any relevant questions. Another frequent element of audit support engagements is risk transfer analysis. Pinnacle has developed a state-of-the-art approach to risk transfer modeling; our publications and presentations at industry trade shows have been well received. Ultimately, Pinnacle produces a report with relevant comments and our conclusions that provide the necessary documentation for the auditing firm.

Bermuda SAO
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Bermuda SAO

Pinnacle provides the loss reserve analysis and statement of actuarial opinion to the Bermuda-domiciled captive of a major national long haul trucking company for over a decade. This reserve analysis examined the captive's coverages for excess automobile liability coverage, deductible reimbursement under a large deductible workers compensation policy and cargo liability and physical damage coverages. The analysis utilized both company loss development triangles and industry benchmarks. Once the reserve analysis was completed and discussed with the client, the statement of actuarial opinion was produced to comply with regulatory requirements. Our excellent working relationship with the captive’s auditors simplifies the work of both firms on behalf of the captive.

Cayman Captive
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Cayman Captive

Pinnacle serves many of the largest group captives in the world, many of them domiciled in the Cayman Islands. These reserve analyses are typically produced twice a year and serve multiple purposes. First, they provide a range of reasonable estimates which management uses to determine their best estimate of ultimate losses and unpaid claims liabilities. Second, these reserve estimates can then be allocated to individual members to determine the outstanding liabilities and potential future assessments, if any. Finally, the allocated ultimate losses become the basis for renewal pricing estimates for each member. Pinnacle’s approach to estimating and allocating reserves in group captives is unique in the industry and sets our alternative practice apart with its efficiency and accuracy.

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