By Denise Gillin for AssuredPartners
Captives have been a financial strategy for managing risk for decades. In the 1960s about 100 captives existed. Significant growth in this sector came in the 1970s as Bermuda became a leading captive domicile. Growth continued through the 1980s and 90s mostly due to the hard insurance market and increasing difficulty to find coverage for liability claims through traditional insurance.
What initially started as a funding option for larger organizations’ property and casualty coverage needs has more recently changed to become more amenable to all business sizes as well as a mechanism to cover new and emerging types of risks. The most recent growth trend includes captives as a tool for employee health population management.
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