Author: Michelle Bradley, ACAS, MAAA, ARM, CERA, CCIS, Consulting Actuary and Enoch Starnes, ACI, Captive and Complex Risk Consultant

Adapting Your Captive for a Shifting Risk Landscape

In a recent article published by Captive International, Michelle Bradley and Enoch Starnes discuss, “Adapting Your Captive for a Shifting Risk Landscape". In it, they examine how a company’s risk profile can shift dramatically and without any warning. The impact of a global pandemic, a rising tide of shock verdicts, and an increasingly complex cyber landscape have […]

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Navigating Legislative Changes for Healthcare Entities

January is here, and with it comes the need for many companies to complete their annual actuarial report for retained liabilities. If the past several years are any indicator, legislative changes and social inflation could significantly impact the loss reserves and projections prepared in these reports. Healthcare entities in particular could face the bulk of […]

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Captive Market Trends, and Predictions for the Year Ahead

Michelle Bradley and Enoch Starnes were recently featured in an article by Captive Insurance Times titled, "Going for Gold". Along with other industry leaders, they discuss 2023's captive market performance, trends and developments, and share predictions for the year ahead.  In regards to the year ahead, Michelle states in the article, “The sustainability of new […]

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SIGMA's Retention Analytics Overview Brochure

One of SIGMA’s core objectives as an actuarial consulting firm is to reduce the perceived gap standing between insurance professionals and their ability to utilize actuarial analytics in their day-to-day work. All too often, this obstacle stems from of a lack of time, resources, or comfort in using more effective analytical approaches. Take, for example, […]

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Data Requirements For Actuarial Loss Projections and Reserve Analyses 

The keys to a reliable actuarial analysis are good data and reasonable underlying assumptions for the program being analyzed. Therefore, any information regarding the insurance program which could materially affect the analysis should be provided to your actuary.   The two most common types of actuarial reports are the loss projection analysis and a reserve analysis. […]

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Mid-year 2023 Actuarial Report Prep 

Quarterly or semi-annual actuarial reports can help eliminate year-end surprises and manage overall financial reporting. This may be particularly helpful if your company has had significant changes during the year such as growth, acquisitions, divestitures, changes in third party claims administrators, or shifts in geographic exposures. Last year, we provided several tips for completing a […]

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Legislative Changes and Captive Actuarial Analytics

In a recent article published by Captive International, Michelle Bradley and Enoch Starnes discuss “Legislative Changes and Captive Actuarial Analytics”. In it, they examine recent legal developments in the United States and how they might affect the captive insurance industry. The insurance world is constantly evolving, and exponentially so for the types of risks commonly insured through […]

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Visualizing Ultimate Loss Components

SIGMA is pleased to announce that an updated version of one of our most popular educational resources, the Loss Map graphic, is now available. As part of the revision process, this one-page document has been expanded to include helpful definitions for the components involved in estimating ultimate losses. If you’re unfamiliar with this resource, below […]

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Inflation and Captive Analytics

Michelle Bradley and Enoch Starnes recently authored an article for Captive International titled "Inflation and Captive Analytics”. While US inflation rates have slowed in recent months, the 2022 annual rate is almost certain to at least double the country’s historical average. Apart from a select few outliers, the global economic landscape doesn’t appear to be […]

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Loss Development Factors: A Primer for Captives

Michelle Bradley and Enoch Starnes recently authored an article for Captive International titled “Loss Development Factors: A Primer for Captives”. In it, they summarize the basic attributes of loss development factors, discuss their impact on retained risk, and respond to common questions regarding their use. While the SIGMA team has written in the past about […]

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