The number of fronting companies available for captive insurers has more than doubled over the last few years–a product of the softening commercial insurance sector and the lures of the ever-broadening alternative risk-transfer market, according to a captive manager.

Indeed, captives have proliferated despite the softness of the traditional insurance market–thanks in part to greater access to fronting companies, observed Christopher L. Kramer, senior vice president of Roundstone Captive Management Ltd., in Westlake, Ohio.

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