As a reminder below is our Bulletin NY000259 on Reinsurance Procedures. To
facilitate the accounting and tracking of Reinsurance transactions we urge you
to adhere to it. This Bulletin will both provide some basic information as to
why and when reinsurance is required in connection with any given transaction
and redistribute our more concise Reinsurance Questionnaire.
As you may know, any title insurance company is limited as to the amount of
liability it may assume in any single transaction. This is commonly known as
a “single risk retention limit”. That amount, for each insurer, is
determined in one of two ways. First, there is a mathematical formula, mandated
by statute, that uses certain financial data of the company and the resultant
calculation is the single risk retention limit for that company. Alternatively,
a company may choose to impose a single risk retention limit upon itself that
is less than the amount that may result from the statutory formula. Here at
STIC, we have a self-imposed single risk retention limit currently set at $13,000,000.00.
Please note, however, that this does not mean that STIC is limited to issuing
policies of no more than $13,000,000. Subject to underwriting approval, any
STIC office may issue its policy in excess of that amount, provided that the
reinsurance issue is addressed.
Reinsurance becomes necessary in one of two ways. Either a company is asked
to issue a policy in an amount in excess of its single risk limit or, an insured
mandates that any particular insurer can only assume a certain amount of a given
risk (which amount could be less than what a company may normally hold) and,
in either case, the excess liability must be reinsured with another company.
In most cases, STIC will look to Stewart Title Guaranty Company to place its
reinsurance. This is a relatively simple process, somewhat routine, however,
it must be stressed, it is also an absolutely necessary prerequisite to
the issuance of any policy with a liability amount over our single risk limit.
To reiterate the procedure, in any instance where your office will issue its
policy in amount in excess of $13,000,000, please advise this office as follows:
1. A Reinsurance Questionnaire, a copy of which is attached for your use and
reference, must be completed and sent to Anne Minichino, Reinsurance Administrator,
prior to closing. The form should be accompanied by a copy of the report of
title or proposed policy to be issued in connection with the transaction. If
necessary, the form may accompanied by a separate writing containing any additional
details of the transaction, including, but not necessarily limited to, the existence
of any unusual risks which may pertain.
2. If the amount of insurance requested exceeds your office's underwriting
authority, a Policy Approval Form must also be submitted and approved. That
form, together with a copy of the title report should be submitted to Margaret
T. Ling, Esq.
3. Copies of final policies, together with all endorsements, are to be submitted
to the Reinsurance Department as soon possible, once the closing has been completed.
Please note that this request for a copies of polices is in addition to the
copies submitted with your monthly remittance.
This procedure is also to be followed in cases where the amount of insurance
requested is less than $13,000,00 but the insured nevertheless requests reinsurance.
If you have any questions at all regarding the procedure, the completion of
the forms or any other aspect of our reinsurance requirements, please do not
hesitate to call. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation.