IFRS 17 and the level of aggregation: A key challenge for insurers

IFRS 17 and the level of aggregation:  A key challenge for insurers

13 years after releasing IFRS 4 Standard, “insurance contracts” the International Accounting Standard Board (IASB) has just launched the new Standard IFRS 17 which should be effective from the 1st January 2021. This effective date will be combined with a transition date that will start 1 year before. It will allow insurers to test their new processes. The objective of this new Standard is the measurement of insurance contracts issued by insurers and other authorized companies.

Even if the objective of IFRS 4 was to specify some aspects of the financial reporting for insurance contracts, it did not specify which regulation companies, that issue insurance contracts, have to comply with. This resulted in different accounting practices for similar insurance contracts. Some insurers accounted their insurance contracts under local GAAP, some under IFRS, causing a lack of comparability of information between insurers.

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The Status Quo In Insurance and the Consequences

The Status Quo In Insurance and the Consequences

The insurance industry has awakened from its deep sleep of stale innovation to a world of low-interest rates, regulatory changes, switching demographic behavior and technological advancement. In response to these factors, the insurance industry has started to rethink their business models and processes in order to safeguard their current position and remain competitive. This is for the better because not doing anything has drastic consequences as can be seen in this article. 

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