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Navigating the new world: Preparing for insurance accounting change

Preparing for insurance accounting change

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


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Navigating the new world: Preparing for insurance accounting change

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.

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