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The introduction of IFRS 17 is one of the largest regulatory shocks to the insurance industry in the past decade. At heart, the accounting standard attempts to combine traditional reporting with forward-looking actuarial calculations.
How to build a strong foundation in the regulatory insurance landscape
The insurance industry agrees that data requirements are a key challenge in the implementation of IFRS 17. Although the main purpose of IFRS 17 is to harmonize the insurance industry by setting principle-based standards, the new accounting standards also enforce a new level of data management. At Zanders we believe that this is the right opportunity to build a strong data foundation. Not only for the implementation of IFRS 17, but to prepare for any future regulatory or market changes.
Due to upcoming regulatory changes, technology advancements and the potentially catastrophic rise of so-called InsurTech companies, life as an insurer gets busier and busier. They are currently facing an awe-inspiring amount of challenges, such as IFRS 17, the Solvency II review, Net Capital Generation, Artificial Intelligence, InsurTech and the reform of interbank offered rate (IBOR). So, how are insurers coping with all these challenges?
The insurance sector is preparing for the implementation of IFRS 17. A great deal of attention is paid to modeling and the consequences for (finance and risk) policy. In addition to complying with the regulations, the implementation of IFRS 17 also offers an opportunity to bring the worlds of finance and risk closer together. Experiences from other areas of the financial sector could then prove useful. Yvonne Sijm, director at Zanders, explains.