Timothy C. Mosler
Robert J. Walling III
Derek W. Freihaut
Arthur R. Randolph II
Joseph A. Herbers
John E. Wade
They kept in touch on possible issues, timing, etc.
Pinnacle consultants deal with auditors daily, assisting them in serving their customers and evaluating the work products of other actuaries.
Pinnacle strives to construct benchmarks for any analysis, whether ratemaking, loss reserving or some other use, as close as possible to replicating the nature of the underlying data being reviewed.
Assessing the reasonableness of indicated loss and loss adjustment expense reserves after the analysis is completed is an essential element of the loss reserve analysis. In particular, measures such as loss ratios, changes since the prior evaluation, implied claim frequencies and severities and costs per unit of exposure are a few of the diagnostic tests employed when considering the reasonableness of indicated reserves.
Management sometimes wishes to reflect the time value of money in funding projections, accruals for unpaid claims liabilities and other valuations. The two most important parameters for doing so are the assumed interest rate and the underlying claim payment pattern. Assessing reasonable values for these parameters is not trivial as the interest rate may need an adjustment for risk while the claim payment pattern may not be readily available.
can help insurers, captive and other self-insurance programs evaluate and
benchmark insurance program expenses, including fronting fees, captive
management costs, commissions, other acquisition and general expenses, taxes,
and loss adjustment expenses.
Whether you are an accountant or auditor representing insurance companies, captive insurers, reinsurers, government or self-insurance entities, Pinnacle offers a wide range of audit services to meet your needs.
We understand the importance of an independent determination of the appropriateness and actuarial soundness of the data, assumptions and methodologies underlying the accrual for unpaid claims liabilities. That’s why, we focus on your needs and the needs of your client with every engagement, and work to ensure your customers’ financial statements accurately reflect their financial condition.
Our expertise in providing audit support includes all forms of insurance entities, both within and outside the traditional market. We are regularly called on to provide audit support for a wide variety of insurance, alternative markets and self insurance operations both on and offshore. To that end, we are very familiar with the financial reporting requirements of GAAP, SAP, IFRS and GASB as they relate to insurance entities.
We commonly perform reviews of another actuary’s work product to determine whether it adheres to relevant professional standards, including the Actuarial Standards of Practice (ASOP) from the Actuarial Standards Board (ASB). Specifically, our review of a the work product computing accruals for loss and loss adjustment expense reserves comports with ASOP 43: "Property / Casualty Unpaid Claim Estimates."
For reinsurance contracts, we are recognized experts in risk transfer evaluations. Our review of risk transfer in reinsurance contracts is consistent with both the Statement of Statutory Principles No. 62, “Property and Casualty Reinsurance” and the Financial Accounting Board’s Statement No. 113, “Accounting and Reporting for Reinsurance of Short-Duration and Long-Duration Contracts.”
Our industry experience includes:
January 2017 APEX Discussion Series
Statements of Actuarial Opinion Year-End 2016
Authored by Joseph A. Herbers and Aaron N. Hillebrandt.
Best Week - Pinnacle's Hillebrandt: Captives Harnessing Analytics, Data
Authored by Aaron N. Hillebrandt.
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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.
At Pinnacle, we partner with you to explore whatever path it takes to find the answers you need.
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October Apex Discussion Series -
Captive Insurance Hot Topics
November 02, 2017
Florida Chamber of Commerce Insurance Summit
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Pinnacle is an actuarial firm focused on property/casualty insurance, including alternative markets, captives, self insureds, enterprise risk management, predictive analytics, commercial lines and more. We serve trucking, insurance, health care, medical professional liability, reinsurance, workers compensation, public entities and other companies and concerns.
Our services include expert witness, loss reserving, litigation support, pricing, ratemaking, rate filing, statements of actuarial opinion, feasibility studies, capital modeling and other actuarial services and products.
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