The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) continues to work on the Insurance Contracts project. The FASB has indicated that it will not support current exit value for reserving, but is favoring fulfillment value instead. Fulfillment value represents the amount that will actually be paid as claims become due (essentially the present value of expected losses plus a risk margin). Measurement of fulfillment value would use expected cash flows (i.e., a probability-weighted average of possible cash flow results) rather than a “best estimate.” In addition, a company should use all information available, including industry and market information and the company’s own historical data.
Standard & Poor’s (S&P) just published its latest views on the reinsurance sector. Even though S&P found the reinsurance sector overcapitalized on December 31, 2007, it thought that capitalization was merely adequate on December 31, 2008, especially if there is a series of substantial catastrophes in 2009.
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