International Employee Benefits Services
The risks assumed for IEB captives are short tail (within each financial year) meaning that accounting is provided on a financial year basis as opposed to underwriting year. The low catastrophe risk elements in EB business means that they are easily definable and will be defined within your company’s existing HR policies. Another difference is that the local fronting of the policies is more complex for EB programs due to the need for local service.
The advantages can be split into two categories, Financial and Governance.
From Granite’s expertise in the captive insurance market we have proven that captive programs have always beaten the market price. When underwriting programs we aim to maintain a ‘break even’ philosophy, meaning that premiums paid should equal the claims plus administration. This leads to the question, “Why can’t local units change every year to get a cheaper quote from competing local market?” The answer is five-fold; disruption to your local employees, budgeting uncertainty and volatility, market fatigue, loss of control on claims and employee health programs, and the loss of the relationships that you can develop with local carriers that your employees enjoy.
Programs for inclusion in your IEB Captive can be employer or employee paid and include but are not limited to; Life Insurance, Medical/Healthcare, Disability covers, Income Protection and Personal Accident covers.
There are many advantages to choosing the IEB captive arrangement over other traditional forms of pooling and self insurance;
Captive Management Services
There are several reasons to form a captive or cell captive. A few of these are;
While cell captives offer the benefits associated with that of a wholly owned captive, factors which distinguish the cell captives are:
Bermuda has positioned itself at the helm of the Captive Insurance industry. Supported by regulators, captive managers, and service providers who are all leaders in their fields.
The Bermuda Monetary Authority under the Insurance Act of 1978
Depending on which class of insurance you fall in the Bermuda Statutory Financial Statements are due to the Bermuda Monetary Authority on a yearly basis.
Click on the following link to The Bermuda Monetary Authority’s website; http://www.bma.bm/insurance/licensing/SitePages/Home.aspx
As of July 2013 there are 1,330 Insurers Registered with The Bermuda Monetary (information obtained from www.bma.bm)
Internal - Risk Manager, Legal Department, Treasury Department, Custodian
External - Insurance Manager, External Attorney, Local Bankers, Bermuda Monetary Authority, Auditors, Actuary