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2009 seminar for the appointed actuary friday september 18 2009 materiality colloque pour l actuaire d sign 2009

Canadian

Institute

of

Actuaries

L’Institutcanadien

des

actuaires

2009 Seminar for the Appointed Actuary

Friday September 18, 2009

MATERIALITY

Colloque pour l’actuaire désigné 2009


Canadian institute of actuaries standards of practice

SOP 1340.03 Materiality

“Material has its ordinary meaning, but judged from the point of view of a user, having regard for the purpose of the work.”

“Thus, an omisson, understatement, or overstatment is material if the actuary expects it materially to affect either the user’s decision making or the user’s reasonable expectations.”

2009 Seminar for the Appointed Actuary

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Canadian Institute of Actuaries Standards of Practice

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Reflecting upon materiality user is key

Reflecting Upon Materiality : User is Key

Intended User : includes principal

Unintended User: although not responsible for, may be found to retain some responsibility to assure that a report is not misused or misapplied.

The actuary would report the purpose of the work as precisely as possible so that any user is warned of the risk of using the work for a different purpose with a more rigorous standard of materiality.

Summary: the actuary who prepares the work is expected to take reasonable steps to ensure that the work does not mislead the intended users of the work.

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Determination of materiality level

Determination of Materiality Level

Different practices

Some have a separate materiality for data (small) than for the organization in total.

Most common, one single materiality level.

Should be reasonably stable (not vary greatly from year to year or valuation to valuation)

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Materiality considerations

Materiality Considerations

Materiality level should be related to purpose and intended users of work

Regulatory/solvency : statutory surplus/solvency benchmark ratio

Appraisal work : net worth/net income/eps

DCAT : less rigorous than valuation work

Financial Statement work : net income/net capital

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2009 seminar for the appointed actuary friday september 18 2009 materiality colloque pour l actuaire d sign 2009

Materiality Considerations

2009 Seminar for the Appointed Actuary

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  • Materiality level expected to vary according to other characteristics of entity

    • Size of entity

    • Entity’s access to capital

    • Stage of organizational life cycle

    • Type of business

    • Net retention

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2009 seminar for the appointed actuary friday september 18 2009 materiality colloque pour l actuaire d sign 2009

Materiality Considerations

2009 Seminar for the Appointed Actuary

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  • Materiality level for work involving a threshold expected to become more rigorous as the entity approaches that threshold.

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Accounting vs actuarial materiality

Accounting vs Actuarial Materiality

Some would argue that, at least in theory, the materiality level selected by the actuary would normally be close to that selected by the accountant or auditor.

Communication regarding materiality is expected between the actuary and the auditor.

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Communication and disclosure

Communication and Disclosure

Main factor underlying the selection of a materiality level has been the impact on the user.

Actuary would consider some disclosure regarding the materiality level within the actuarial work product.

Must take into account the complexity of the concept of materiality, the potential importance of the concept to the user, as well as the sophistication of the user who will be receiving the work product.

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Materiality in practice aar

Materiality In Practice : AAR

0.5% of gross policy liabilities

1% of gross unpaid claims

5% of net unpaid claims

10% of net income

0.75%-1% of assets

2.5% of surplus or equity

2.5% of net earned premiums

1% net unearned premiums

Same as auditor

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Materiality in practice dcat

Materiality In Practice : DCAT

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  • 2%-5.5% of surplus or equity

  • Sum of 2.5% of surplus and 5% of excess of assets

  • Same as policy liability evaluation

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Questions

Questions

?

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