There are a number of offshore havens which are keen to encourage the establishment of insurance companies which like banking companies bring employment and investment to the country of incorporation and generally enhance its reputation and its range of financial services. In a number of offshore havens it is possible to incorporate insurance companies which pay no tax in respect of their premium or investment income.
Captive insurance companies have been created by many multinational companies to insure and re-insure the risks of subsidiaries and affiliated companies. Captive insurance companies are particularly suitable for the shipping and petroleum industries and for the insurance of risks which might be insurable only at prohibitive premiums. Bermuda and Guernsey have long been favored as domiciles for the incorporation of captive insurance companies with countries such as the Isle of Man and the Turks & Caicos Islands competing for a share of this growing market.