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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

Risk (and Opportunity) Everywhere
Captive Review
Authored by Robert J. Walling III.

October 2019 APEX
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.

Funding Study
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Funding Study

Pinnacle was approached by an aircraft manufacturer to provide recommended funding for various aviation and liability coverages. Pinnacle’s initial steps included discussing coverages to be provided and what data was available to complete the funding study. The captive was a start-up with no loss information on which to determine appropriate funding levels. Pinnacle was able to determine that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) had a database of aircraft incidents that recorded both the manufacturer and model of the aircraft involved in the incident. Since the manufacturer was able to provide the number of units produced, Pinnacle was able to determine the frequency and severity of the incidents and project ultimate funding levels. The captive is currently operational after receiving regulatory approval.

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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