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A.M.BestTV: Issues Loom as Vermont Captive Event Approaches

August 11, 2014

OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- This episode of A.M.BestTV looks at some hot topics that likely will be discussed at the annual Vermont Captive Insurance Association (VCIA) conference, starting Aug. 12, 2014. One area of interest has been moving existing captives into new lines of business, such as cyber risk or surety bonds. On that subject, A.M. Best Assistant Vice President Steven Chirico said, “There’s a general overtone of captives being used, particularly by parents of single-parent captives, to try and squeeze out as much value, both quantitative and qualitative, from their captive.”

Group Vice President John Andre discussed a finding in a recent Best’s Special Report comparing the financial performance of A.M. Best-rated captives with their commercial peers. “Our rated group of captives … continues to outperform commercial casualty sector in virtually every key financial measure that we have.” Regulation and legislation, such as the Risk Retention Modernization Act of 2014, are also topics high up on the conference agenda. Click here to view this episode:

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