Discover how large UK corporates can gain a competitive edge in risk management and maximise cost and coverage advantages through the untapped potential of Discretionary Mutuals. Dive into this insightful article to learn why Discretionary Mutuals, as an alternative to insurance captives, offer onshore domicile, solvency requirements, and tax efficiency.
What are Discretionary Mutuals and their advantages?
How does membership work in Discretionary Mutuals?
They are not directly subject to insurance regulation or taxes and the surpluses generated by mutual trading are not subject to the application of corporation tax, making them highly capital and tax efficient. Additionally, they can be constructed to allow or prevent consolidation in group accounts, depending on the desired outcome.
To establish a mutual, at least two members are required to engage in mutual trading. While traditional mutuals consist of unrelated eligible entities in a specific sector, group company mutuals are formed of two or more of the legal entities within the overarching parent/group company.
How is discretion exercised in Discretionary Mutuals?
How do Discretionary Mutuals balance risk retention and transfer?
What cost and coverage advantages do Discretionary Mutuals offer?
Typically, the aim is to retain and effectively ‘self-serve’ all of the expected attritional losses (handling these within the low frictional cost environment of the mutual), whilst arranging risk transfer (insurance and reinsurance) for the potential volatility of unexpected losses, which can include utilisation of an existing captive.
The use of a discretionary mutual can unlock significant cost and coverage advantages.
Designing, building, launching, and operating a mutual require the expertise of a professional mutual manager. If your organisation is interested in exploring this topic further, we would welcome the opportunity to discuss and delve into it with you.
We look forward to the possibility of working together to navigate the realm of risk management and find the best solution for your organisation’s needs.
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