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

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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

What's an innovative actuary to do?
Captive Review - Cayman Report
Authored by Robert J. Walling III.

October 2020 APEX Webinar
An Update to Pinnacle’s Risk Retention Group Benchmarking Study
Authored by Erich A. Brandt and Gregory W. Fears, Jr. and Robert J. Walling III.

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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.

Retention Analysis
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Retention Analysis

Pinnacle was asked by a large self-insured regional transportation authority to assess the impact of increasing their self-insured retentions for both workers compensation and automobile liability. We developed a stochastic simulation analysis, based on the program’s historical claims experience and industry benchmarks, that examined not only the increase in expected losses but the program’s additional potential loss variability. Finally, we discussed with the customer the relationship between their current capital position, as well as the current reinsurance market, to ensure the retention they selected for their program was appropriate for them. The authority ultimately increased their retentions, put some of their excess capital to work, and realized substantial savings in their reinsurance costs.

Self Insured Loss Reserve Analysis
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Self Insured Loss Reserve Analysis

Pinnacle was approached by a major, national manufacturer to perform a loss reserve analysis of their retained workers compensation, auto liability, general liability and products liability loss exposures. The previous actuary worked for a large broker which the customer felt presented a conflict of interest. In addition, the actuary used industry benchmarks that the customer felt did not accurately represent their loss development behavior. Pinnacle worked with the customer to better understand their loss exposures, claims handling practices, and corporate risk management philosophy. We worked with the company to gather better internal data and refine the industry benchmarks to better reflect their third party administrator, industry focus and geographic mix. These refinements, and many others, led to a more accurate analysis of the company’s retained loss exposures, a reduced provision for unpaid claims on their balance sheet, and reduced collateral requirements from their fronting carrier.

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