As a new accounting standard for insurance contracts, IFRS 17 is seen as one of the big regulatory disruptions for insurance companies in the coming decade. The determination of discount curves is crucial for the implementation of the standard. Underlying complexity will be further increased by a second disruptive change in financial markets: the IBOR reform.
Although the general accounting mechanisms will largely remain unchanged, the long waited reforms of IFRS 9 encompass an array of changes that will influence your hedge accounting process in different ways.
As of January 2018, new accounting rules will come into effect for financial institutions and listed companies with respect to the measurement of impairments. So far, only a few banks act as early adaptors; most choose to be late followers and ‘watch the hare running’. The new rules are principle-based and simple. The design and implementation, however, can be challenging, especially the treatment of forward-looking aspects.