Timothy C. Mosler
Robert J. Walling III
Joseph A. Herbers
Aaron N. Hillebrandt
Erich A. Brandt
Derek W. Freihaut
There were queries from our auditors which required further detail. Pinnacle provided this to us in a timely manner and enabled completion of the audit on time, which was greatly appreciated.
Pinnacle helps alternative market risk owners, captive managers and service providers determine risk retentions that optimize the balance between the cost of risk transfer and loss volatility.
Pinnacle provides loss reserve analyses and other
diagnostics in support of collateral negotiations associated with deductible
and/or self-insured retentions.
Pinnacle is experienced developing cost allocation mechanisms
by member or department in the most equitable manner using elements such as –
exposure, geographic cost differences and actual loss experience.
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.
Pinnacle has extensive experience helping insurers, captives, and self-insurance programs determine appropriate dividend levels and actuarial sound allocation methods.
Manufacturers face liability exposure at every turn — premises and operations, product liability, workers compensation, property and commercial auto exposure and more. The importance and risk associated with these and other exposures vary greatly among different manufacturing operations, as location, industry, company size and internal risk management controls all influence risk.
Our focus is to quantify the expected ultimate costs of your claims liabilities to reflect what makes your risk unique. We consider the multitude of your real world operations exposure and circumstances to the maximum extent possible. Then, we measure the impact of techniques such as loss prevention, loss control, risk management, and safety programs essential to keeping costs in check. Our analysis may take the form of a reserve analysis to estimate proper accrual for prior years’ claims a funding study to estimate the expected costs for next year’s claims, or even designing or modifying your self-insurance program.
Of course, there are external influences on some costs for which you have little control. Our extensive experience with self-insured manufacturers of all sizes from many industries tells us which influences are not only manageable, but are controllable.
Whether you need to develop rates for manufacturers’ insurance products, review retrospectively rated workers compensation policies for manufacturing companies, identify ongoing loss reserve analyses for manufacturing captives and self-insurance programs or require other actuarial services related to manufacturing, Pinnacle has the depth of experience, empathetic customer service and superior communication you need to drive the best decisions for your business.
Our expertise with manufacturers includes:
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In 2009, Pinnacle provided expert testimony about the evolution of insurance industry asbestos liabilities in an arbitration hearing among several insurance companies and a pool manager. This assignment drew on our knowledge of the history of insurance industry asbestos liabilities, e.g., the evolution of the legal aspects surrounding coverage determinations, the interplay of primary, excess and reinsurance contracts, the history of failed attempts to control the problem and the impact of bankruptcies among other factors. The assignment also drew on our mass tort / latent liability reserving expertise.
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.
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.
At Pinnacle, we partner with you to explore whatever path it takes to find the answers you need.
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