The Transition Resource Group (TRG) for IFRS 17 will meet four times during 2018 to discuss questions raised regarding the implementation of the IFRS 17 Standard. In this article, Milliman consultants summarise key points arising from the TRG meeting of 2 May 2018. The TRG meeting covered some of the implementation challenges raised by TRG members and a number of examples relating to the following concepts in IFRS 17:
• Coverage units
• Contract boundaries
• Risk adjustment at the group level
• Bundling insurance contracts
There are a number of areas of International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) 17 where the International Accounting Standards Board has allowed firms to make choices on their approaches. This paper by Milliman consultants focuses on the approaches available under IFRS 17 for the derivation of the discount rates for use in the various calculations required by the Standard.
While International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) 17 provides little guidance about coverage units and the contractual service margin (CSM), insurers may be able to find quick but reasonable choices from current modeling philosophy or certain existing standards such as U.S. GAAP. Insurers should carefully examine the consequences and reasonableness of those choices in light of the characteristics of their businesses, as coverage units are very important factors for determining the future profit signature under IFRS 17. Milliman’s Takanori Hoshino, Kurt Lambrechts, Sjoerd Brethouwer, and William Hines provide perspective in this paper.
Milliman is pleased to announce that Principal William Hines has been named an observer to the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) 17 Transition Resource Group (TRG). IFRS 17, which was adopted in May, represents a significant change from current accounting practices and is expected to require substantial effort from companies to comply. Hines is one of only three observers and 15 members that make up the TRG; the group was created to help support companies as they transition to the new Standard.
Hines was appointed an observer from the International Actuarial Association (IAA), where he chairs the Insurance Accounting Committee. He has spent the past 15 years actively involved in the insurance project, presenting research to the IASB’s Insurance Working Group, and to IASB members and staff. During the IFRS 17 development process, Hines was part of the American Academy of Actuaries (AAA) IFRS Task Force and Financial Reporting Committee, which provided input to the Board. He has been invited to speak at conferences around the world, and has published extensively on the topic of IFRS accounting for insurance.
William has extensive experience consulting, researching, writing, and presenting on IFRS 17. There are not many people who can say they’re passionate about financial reporting issues for insurers—but William is one such person. I’ve no doubt his expertise will be invaluable to the Transition Resource Group and the firms it supports as we make the significant transition to IFRS 17.
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A recent survey by Milliman’s William Hines and Cici Zhang measures insurers’ preparedness for International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) 17. Responses to the survey’s 52 questions came from more than 90 companies around the world.