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Navigating the new world: Preparing for insurance accounting change

Navigating the new world

IFRS insurance contracts standard will have far reaching impacts for life and P&C insurers and reinsurers.


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The IASB’s long-anticipated insurance contracts standard – IFRS 17 – has finally been published, heralding fundamental changes to international insurance accounting. Once implemented, users of financial statements can expect increased transparency on the profitability of new and in-force business – offering greater insight into an insurer’s financial health than ever before.

The new standard brings both benefits and challenges for insurers. The date the new standard comes into effect is January 1, 2021 – That may seem a long way off, but the implementation effort required will be significant, and insurers should get started now.


Highlights include:

  • Separate presentation of underwriting and finance results will provide added transparency about the sources of profits and quality of earnings.
  • Premium volumes will no longer drive the ‘top line’ as investment components and cash received are no longer considered to be revenue.
  • Accounting for options and guarantees will be more consistent and transparent.

This is a historic moment for everyone in the insurance industry. The waiting is over and it is imperative that insurers start to prepare themselves to implement IFRS 17 and ensure clear, concise and robust communication to shareholders, investors and other key stakeholders. For more, read our news release.  

KPMG's IFRS 17 webcast series

KPMG International will be hosting a series of in-depth webcasts, starting on May 30th where our subject matter experts will walk through key aspects of the standard.

Please contact if you would like to attend. Or contact your local KPMG office.


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