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17. The Economic Landscape and Your Captive's Investment Portfolio (Intermediate)

Date: 2021-08-11T00:00:00-04:00 Time: 11:15 am-12:05 pm

Learning objectives: Upon completion, participants will be able to:
- Identify the forces behind what's driving the economy and capital markets
- Explain the impact those factors can have on captive investment portfolios

Coordinator: John James, Performa
Content Advisor: Jim Girardin, Amethyst
Moderator: Richard Cutcher, Global Captive Podcast

The coronavirus brought the longest U.S. economic expansion on written record to a screeching halt. Social distancing measures took hold as cities, states, and countries went into lockdown, producing a historic collapse in economic activity. Now, 18 months after the onset of the pandemic in the U.S., we analyze the post-COVID-19 landscape. This interactive session will provide an update on the state of the economy, macroeconomic themes, global monetary policy, the overall direction of interest rates and health of capital markets. Join us as we share the latest economic update and share diverse perspectives from an investment manager who focuses exclusively on managing assets for captive insurance companies, and case studies from a captive manager.


Scheduled Speakers:

Richard Cutcher

Richard is the founder and executive producer of the Global Captive Podcast, a fortnightly podcast that puts the spotlight on the global captive insurance industry. Richard is also the Captive Ambassador for Airmic, the UK’s risk and insurance management association. In this role he oversees all captive activity of the association including coordinating the quarterly meetings of the Captive Special Interest Group, one of the largest regular captive networking groups in the world. Prior to joining Airmic and launching the Global Captive Podcast, Richard was the editor of the market leading Captive Review magazine for five years with spells being based in London and New York. He is always keen to meet new people to talk captives and you can contact him at

Scott Mildrum

Scott is Performa’s Economic and Macro Strategist responsible for developing the firm’s views on the economy and helping to set top-down macroeconomic investment policy. He is also a member of the firm’s Investment Policy Group (IPG). Over the years, Scott has spoken at several captive insurance conferences, including VCIA (Vermont), SCCIA (South Carolina), TxCIA (Texas) and IMAC (Cayman Islands). Prior to joining Performa in 2012, he worked at Dwight Asset Management as both a Quantitative Analyst and Associate Portfolio Manager where he was responsible for managing portfolio analytic systems, modeling tactical and strategic interest rate positioning trades as well as risk management monitoring. Prior to Dwight, he worked at Princeton University as a Data Analyst writing statistical programs and managing databases for various university departmental research projects. Scott graduated from the University of Vermont as a double major in Mathematics & Economics and earned an M.S. in Economics from the University of Oregon.

Jason L. Palmer

With over 25 years at the firm, Jason’s primary responsibilities include service in all facets of captive consulting and captive management engagements ranging from risk retention groups, group captives, and pure captive programs. Throughout his career, he has been responsible for the operations of a significant portfolio of captive insurance companies (pure and group) with services including accounting, underwriting, and regulatory compliance and has been involved with many implementations of new captive programs in several US captive domiciles. Jason also serves as a member of the Board of Directors and as an Officer of many captive insurance companies. In his current role, Jason is responsible for the US captive mangaement team, serves as project lead on several captive consulting engagements, and is the lead client executive on a portfolio of captive insurance companies (pure and group). Jason joined Willis Corroon Management (Vermont), Ltd. after graduating summa cum laude from Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, with a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in accounting. Jason is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Vermont and is a member, in good standing, with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Jason is also a licensed property & casualty insurance producer in several US states. Is an active Board of Director member for the Vermont Captive Insurance Association (VCIA). International Center for Captive Insurance Education (ICCIE), and the Nevada Captive Insurance Council as well as serving on various industry association committees (NRRA, VCIA, ICCIE, etc.)