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Once just a dot on the insurance market landscape, captive insurers have become a mainstream risk management tool over the past 50 years.

While exact figures are not available, experts say roughly 100 to 200 captives were operating in 1967, the year surveys. The 7,000 captives number understates how many organizations now fund at least a portion of their risks through captive insurers.

“Captives used to be called the alternative risk market. For example, about 1,600 educational institutions obtain a wide range of casualty coverages through one Vermont-based captive, United Educators Insurance, a Reciprocal Risk Retention Group, whose premium volume soon is expected to hit the 0 million mark, up from million nearly two decades ago. Employers saw if commercial insurers could not provide coverage, they would have to take new alternative risk transfer approaches, such as forming captives,” said Michael Douglas, director of business development-captive insurance at Aon Global Risk Consulting in Philadelphia. Legislators approved a measure expanding a 1981 law that authorized a special type of captive, known as a risk retention group, to write all commercial casualty coverages except workers compensation for member owners nationwide after meeting the licensing requirements of just one state.

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