IFRS 17 Premium Allocation Approach considerations

International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) 17 is the biggest accounting change for insurers in many years. The new insurance contracts accounting standard also has actuarial implications. Under IFRS 17, detailed reserving outputs and granular analysis of change will be disclosed for the first time. Items such as discount rates and risk adjustment will have a direct impact on the reported profit in the accounts.

According to the International Accounting Standards Board, there is only one model, the General Model, insurance companies should use to value insurance contracts. The Premium Allocation Approach (PAA) is a simplification of this basis, which an entity may use as an approximation for measuring contracts over the remaining coverage period.

In this paper, Milliman’s Lamia Amouch, Laura Hobern, and Derek Newton present five key challenges that insurers will need to address when using PAA.

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