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Verification Checklist Phrasing for Louisiana to Change

Christa DeOliveira Christa DeOliveira, CIA, CCEP

Louisiana’s unclaimed property statutes require for Louisiana to pay interest on any item that was interest bearing while on the books of the holder. Specifically, Louisiana Revised Statutes 9:163 contains the following:

"If the property was interest bearing to the owner on the date of surrender by the holder, the administrator shall pay interest at a rate of five percent a year or any lesser rate the property earned while in the possession of the holder. Interest begins to accrue when the property is delivered to the administrator and ceases on the earlier of the expiration of ten years after delivery or the date on which payment is made to the owner."

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Possible Revisions to the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act

Christa DeOliveira Christa DeOliveira, CIA, CCEP

By now you may have heard the Uniform Law Commission's (ULC) Executive Committee has authorized the appointment of a new Study Committee for amending or revising the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (UUPA). This does not come as a surprise as there have been rumblings about the need/desire for revisions for a few years now.

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The Hours Clause: 4 Steps Insurance Companies Should Take to Evaluate Exposure

Craig Robinson
Reinsurance Sales Engineer
StoneRiver

2012 was certainly a big year for catastrophes, suffering through hurricanes Sandy and Isaac, as well as several thunderstorms, fires, earthquakes, tropical storms, and droughts. These worldwide catastrophes caused lots of loss activity and economic destruction. Any time there is a long duration for any particular catastrophe, it is difficult to figure out what to report to reinsurers. In many reinsurance arrangements there is an hours clause that can have great bearing on the loss amount that can be invoiced to a reinsurer for recovery.

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It’s Similar to Unclaimed Property Compliance…

Christa DeOliveira Christa DeOliveira, CIA, CCEP

Here are several things that closely approximate unclaimed property compliance although they are actually not part of unclaimed property law and therefore, not regulated by states’ unclaimed property divisions. Regardless, it is useful for unclaimed property professionals in applicable industries to be aware of the legislative activity surrounding the Model Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits Act and similar legislation; and also the scope of SEC 17Ad-17 expanding as they are significant and are tied to reducing and preventing unclaimed property.

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Delaware Strives to Increase Unclaimed Property Compliance by Launching a New VDA Program

Christa DeOliveira Christa DeOliveira, CIA, CCEP

Delaware’s Senate Bill 258 was signed on July 11, 2012 and will remain in effect through July 1, 2015. This law sets up a new business-friendly Voluntary Disclosure Agreement (VDA) process where companies have a limited window of opportunity to “catch up” on any past due unclaimed property reporting obligations to Delaware. This law provides for this new program to be administered by Delaware’s Department of State, rather than State Escheator.

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Top 10 list to make your Annual Statement filing period a success!

Julie Kramer Julie Kramer, Financial & Compliance Product Director

  1. Make sure to keep up to date with the NAIC blank changes that could affect the way you report your data.
  2. Review the documentation provided with each release.  Details in the documentation may include things like: new software enhancements, updates to formulas and regulatory changes. Be sure to share these documents with others on your team!
  3. Create import files from your source data (Excel, GL, Investments, Reinsurance, etc).

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Unclaimed Property Compliance, One More Useful Step

Christa DeOliveira Christa DeOliveira, CIA, CCEP

Hopefully, your fall unclaimed property reporting cycle went well and you were done before there could be any possible impacts from Hurricane Sandy. (If your reporting process has been disrupted by Hurricane Sandy, then please refer to the information about NAUPA’s Extension Matrix at http://unclaimed.org/reporting/super-storm-sandy-state-reporting-extension-matrix/

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Keeping on Top of Unclaimed Property Compliance

Christa DeOliveira Christa DeOliveira, CIA, CCEP

The latest release of TRACKER®, available on September 4, 2012, has a multitude of updates, helping to keep our users on top of unclaimed property compliance. The updates range from dormancy period changes, to the addition and deactivation of property ID codes, to information on new VDA programs, and to functional enhancements. Here are a few compliance highlights of what is encompassed in the version 4.80 upgrade.

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ANNUAL STATEMENT

Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) More Important Than Ever

Recently StoneRiver conducted an online survey which asked respondents about their company’s Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) process. Half of the respondents said they have an ERM process, but of those, 23% said it isn’t a formal process with reporting. Another 12% indicated they currently did not have a formal ERM process, but were developing one, 24% indicated their company did not have an ERM process and 15% of the respondents indicated they didn’t know.

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NASVA Updates

Julie Kramer Julie Kramer, Financial & Compliance Product Director

Melissa Monaghan, a Statutory Accountant working with our eFreedom Annual Statement product, recently attended the 2012 Annual North American Securities Valuation Association (NASVA) Conference held May 15 - 17 in Louisville, Kentucky. As an Annual Statement software vendor, we feel that it is important to keep up with what is happening within the investment arena.

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