How can you make the most eﬃcient use of the one-year deferral? Read our white paper.
One thing is certain: the global accounting standard will come into eﬀect in January 2022. Given the huge time pressure for developing a new accounting framework that requires greater granularity and more interaction between ﬁnance and actuarial systems, many insurers have to accept the need for workarounds when re-organising their IT landscapes. The extra year the IASB is oﬀering for implementing IFRS 9 and IFRS 17 provides an opportunity to rethink the current roadmap and consider more eﬀective ways to implement them.
But the deferral could also whet appetites for signiﬁcantly extending the scope of the project: spending more money, bringing in new people with new ideas to question decisions or burning the ones who worked on the topics since two years on top of their daily jobs.
This white paper adds another point of view to this discussion. It shows how to maximise the value of the extra year without spending signiﬁcantly more money.
One more year for implementation. Time to overhaul and restructure everything? Absolutely not. We advocate using the additional months to focus on speciﬁc goals.
These could include improving alignment with other transformation projects, ﬁxing historical challenges around feeder systems and addressing the lack of knowledge resources. Or analysing and implementing amendments to the standards to gain wider acceptance.
Given the overwhelming impact of IFRS 17, the focus of insurers’ implementation projects has often been on the liability side, with the implications of IFRS 9 for the asset side mostly under the radar. The postponement by the IASB group allows insurers to look again at the most relevant IFRS 9-driven topics and work on robust solutions.
Twelve more months might whet your appetite for going for that large holistic finance transformation you’ve always had in mind. But we recommend to avoid a signiﬁcant increase of implementation cost and instead focus on using the delay to implement IFRS 9/17 in a better and smarter way without spending signiﬁcantly more money. This is not the time to launch a major transformation, but to implement eﬃcient processes for the future.
There are a number of areas that may be impacted by the postponement and that should be re-assessed such as how the standards are interpreted, budgets, HR procedures or timing. More time could be assigned to business analysis and interpreting KPIs. Or you could ask whether the extra year allows you to stick to the current budget and what additional regulatory and HR procedures might be needed for your internal resources because of the extension.
What’s certain is that there is no "one and only" roadmap and each case has to be assessed on its merits.
In this white paper we show in greater detail the steps we consider sensible and necessary and what measures need to be taken. Among other things, we will answer the following questions:
In our PwC office in Munich we had a successful round table meeting where almost all of the German insurance companies next to subsidiaries from international insurance groups came together and discussed intensely about their status and experiences on IFRS 17.
Leader Insurance Advisory, PwC Germany
Tel: +49 69 9585-7537
Swiss and Europe Financial Services Leader, PwC Switzerland
Tel: +41 58 792 45 90