The director and the state are not liable for the safekeeping of a deposit by the depositary or custodian.
The director may before acceptance for deposit of any particular asset or security, or at any time thereafter while so deposited, have the asset or security appraised by competent appraisers. The reasonable costs of the appraisal shall be borne by the insurer.
(a) The director shall give to the depositing insurer vouchers of all assets and securities deposited by it in this state through the director as provided in this title.
(b) The director shall keep a record of the assets and securities comprising each deposit, showing as far as practical the amount and market value of each item, and all transactions regarding them.
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If the insurer remains solvent and is in compliance with this title it may
(1) demand, receive, sue for, and recover the income from the assets or securities deposited;
(2) exchange and substitute for the deposited assets or securities, or any part thereof, other eligible assets or securities of equivalent or greater value;
(3) at any reasonable time inspect the deposit.
The following deposits of insurers when made through the director shall be accepted and held and are subject to the provisions of this chapter:
(1) deposits required under this title for authority to transact insurance in this state;
(2) deposits of domestic insurers when made under the laws of other states, provinces, and countries as requirement for authority to transact insurance in the state, province, or country;
(3) deposits in the additional amounts that are permitted to be made under AS 21.24.100 .
All securities not negotiable by delivery and deposited under this title shall be assigned to the director and successors in office. In the case of securities held under custodial arrangements outside this state under AS 21.24.040 (c), the custodian's receipt for the securities shall be delivered, if negotiable, or assigned to the director if thereby legal title to the securities is vested in the director. The insurer shall transfer or convey to the director and successors in office all other assets so deposited. Upon release to the insurer of the asset or security the director shall reassign or transfer or reconvey it to the insurer.
If the market value of assets and securities of an insurer held on deposit in this state, or in another state under custodial arrangements authorized by AS 21.24.040 (c), falls below the amount required under this title, the insurer shall promptly deposit other or additional assets or securities eligible for deposit under this chapter and in an amount sufficient to cure the deficiency. If the insurer fails to cure the deficiency within 20 days after receipt of notice by registered mail from the director, the director shall immediately revoke the insurer's certificate of authority.
An insurer may deposit and have on deposit assets or securities in an amount exceeding its deposit required or otherwise permitted under this title by no more than 20 percent of the required or permitted deposit or $50,000, whichever is the larger amount, for the purpose of absorbing fluctuations in the value of assets and securities deposited and to facilitate the exchange and substitution of the assets and securities. During the solvency of the insurer an excess shall be released to the insurer upon its request. During the insolvency of the insurer the excess deposit shall be released only in accordance with AS 21.24.130(d).
The deposits shall be held for purposes as follows:
(1) deposits made in this state under AS 21.09.090 shall be held for the purpose stated in that section;
(2) a deposit made in this state by a domestic insurer transacting insurance in another state, province, or country, in accordance with the laws of the other state, province, or country, shall be held for the protection of all creditors or for the other purpose or purposes that may be specified under those laws;
(3) deposits required under AS 21.09.270 shall be held for the purposes required by the retaliatory law and specified in the director's order requiring the deposit to be made.
(a) All deposits required under AS 21.09.090 for authority to transact insurance in this state shall consist of certificates of deposit or any combination of rated credit instruments of the United States, Canada, or a state of the United States.
(b) Deposits of a domestic insurer held in this state under the laws of another state, province, or country shall be comprised of assets of the kinds described in (a) of this section, and of the additional kind or kinds of securities required or permitted by the laws of the state, province, or country except common stocks, mortgages of any kind, and real estate.
(c) Deposits of foreign insurers made in this state under AS 21.09.270 shall consist of the assets required by the director under the law.
(a) Deposits made in this state under this title shall be made through the office of the director in safe deposit or under custodial arrangements as required or approved by the director consistent with the purposes of the deposit, with an established safe deposit institution, bank, or trust company located in this state selected by the insurer with the director's approval.
(b) A safe deposit may not be used for a deposit unless the box or compartment in which are kept the assets and securities comprising the deposit requires two separate and distinctly differing keys or one key and a combination, in the case of a box having a combination lock, to open it. One of the keys or the combination shall be kept by the director, and the other key or the combination shall be kept by the insurer. The box or compartment may not be opened or remain open except through the joint action and in the presence of both the director and an authorized officer or representative of the insurer.
(c) If of convenience to the insurer in the buying, selling, and exchange of securities comprising its deposit, and in the collection of interest and other income currently accruing thereon, the insurer may, with the director's advance written approval, deposit a portion of the securities under custodial arrangements with an established bank or trust company located outside this state, if receipts representing all the securities are issued by the custodial bank or trust company and are held in safe deposit or custody subject to the requirements of (a) and (b) of this section.
(d) The form and terms of all depositary or custodial agreements shall be as prescribed or approved by the director consistent with the applicable provisions of this title.
(e) The compensation and expenses of the depositary or custodian shall be borne by the insurer.
(a) Each deposit made in this state by an insurer under this title, including assets and securities held in another state under custodial arrangements permitted by AS 21.24.040 (c), shall be held for as long as there is any outstanding liability of the insurer as to which the deposit was required. Each deposit required under AS 21.09.270 shall be held for so long as the basis of the retaliation exists.
(b) Upon the request of a domestic insurer, the director shall return to the insurer the whole or any portion of the assets and securities of the insurer held on deposit when the director is satisfied that the assets and securities to be returned are subject to no liability and are no longer required to be held by any provision of law or purposes of the original deposit. If the insurer has reinsured all of its outstanding risks in another insurer or insurers authorized to transact insurance in this state, the director shall deliver the assets and securities to the insurer or insurers assuming the risks, upon written notice to the director by the domestic insurer that the assets and securities have been assigned, transferred, and set over to the reinsuring insurer or insurers, which notice shall be accompanied by a verified copy of the assignment, transfer, or conveyance.
(c) The director shall return to a foreign insurer any deposit made in this state by the insurer, when (1) the insurer has ceased transacting insurance in this state, or in the United States, and the insurer is not subject to liability in this state on account of which the deposit was held; (2) the deposit is no longer required by a provision of law; (3) the insurer, during its solvency, has made a similar deposit in another state and has filed with the director the certificate of evidence thereof, under the conditions provided for in AS 21.09.090(b)(1) or (2). Upon the effectuation of a merger or consolidation of an insurer that has made a deposit in this state, the director shall return the deposit to the resulting or surviving corporation, or to any person it may designate for that purpose, provided that the resulting or surviving corporation is or becomes authorized to transact an insurance business in this state.
(d) If the insurer is subject to delinquency proceedings as defined in AS 21.78, upon the order of a court of competent jurisdiction the director shall yield the assets and securities held on deposit to the receiver, conservator, rehabilitator, or liquidator of the insurer, or to any other properly designated official or officials who succeed to the management and control of the insurer's assets.
(e) A release of deposited assets may not be made except upon application to and the written order of the director. The director is not personally liable for a release of a deposit or part thereof made in good faith.