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Insurance TAS Post-Implementation Review. Yorkshire Actuarial Society Natasha Regan & John Instance 9 September 2013. Financial Reporting Council. Agenda. Introduction – the FRC Actuaries and the public interest Actuarial framework and TAS scope review Questions for discussion

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insurance tas post implementation review

Insurance TASPost-Implementation Review

Yorkshire Actuarial Society

Natasha Regan & John Instance

9 September 2013

Financial Reporting Council

agenda
Agenda
  • Introduction – the FRC
  • Actuaries and the public interest
  • Actuarial framework and TAS scope review
  • Questions for discussion
  • Survey results

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introduction the frc
Introduction - the FRC
  • What is the FRC
    • the UK's independent regulator responsible for promoting high quality corporate governance and reporting to foster investment.
  • What does it do
    • sets the framework of codes and standards for the accounting, auditing, actuarial and investor communities
    • oversees the conduct of the professionals involved.

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actuaries and the public interest
Actuaries and the public interest
  • Actuarial work and the public interest
    • Risk mitigation and reporting
    • Advice for decision making
  • Importance of the technical quality of actuarial work
  • The reliability objective of the TASs:

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actuarial framework and tas scope r eview
Actuarial Framework and TAS Scope Review
  • Insurance TAS applies to specified work from 1 October 2011
  • FRC seeking feedback from practitioners and users
    • Publish results in December 2013
  • Results feed in to a review of the TASs to be carried out in 2014
    • we will develop and seek views on proposals to restructure the TASs so that we have:
      • high level principles which are recognised as applicable across all professional actuarial work; and
      • more narrowly focused specific standards where there is a need for additional requirements in the public interest beyond the high level principles and the requirements of the IFoA and the statutory regulators.

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questions for discussion
Questions for discussion
  • What is actuarial work?
  • What obligations should actuaries have in relation to product quality and fairness?

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survey the impact of the tass yorkshire actuarial society

Survey - The impact of the TASs Yorkshire Actuarial Society

Results – 3rd September 2013

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respondents fields of work
Respondents’ fields of work

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what proportion of your work do you estimate is covered by the tass
What proportion of your work do you estimate is covered by the TASs?
  • “Non actuarial risk identification and management”
  • “Reviewing technical actuarial papers (which are normally covered by the TASs but my review isn’t)”
  • “Running the financial side of a psychotherapy business”

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the scope of the insurance tas
The scope of the Insurance TAS
  • “Wouldn't want it to be any wider.”
  • “Just covered what broadly was being done anyway.”

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clarity of tass
Clarity of TASs
  • On a scale of 1 to 5, the TASs are:
  • “The root principles of TAS are sound but the way the standards are expressed is, in places, unclear.”
  • “The whole TAS documentation structure is horrible – it does not conform to TAS-R!”
  • “The difference between component reports and aggregate reports. The definition of what is actuarial work”

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process change due to tas m
Process change due to TAS M
  • “It was just tweaks to existing processes and peer review.”
  • “The main difficulty is encouraging others to sign up to the TAS M principles.”
  • “Main difficulties were in re-visiting documentation for legacy models and re-creating testing to demonstrate as fit for purpose.”

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effect of tass on reports
Effect of TASs on reports
  • “There is a push to shorten reports, so TAS has not been helpful in that respect and we find ourselves being criticised for it by non-Actuarial colleagues.”
  • “I am not convinced that the extra information is actually being read by those for whom the reports are prepared.”

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is it helpful to have a separate transformations tas
Is it helpful to have a separate Transformations TAS?

“Some of With Profit items cause unnecessary extra burden where there is already substantial governance”

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wider issues
Wider issues

Are there wider issues (eg - Product quality, fairness) that you consider we should include in our review of the TASs?

Yes – 2

No – 25

  • “Actuaries are not always the best placed to assess product quality or fairness (although they sometimes think they are), so TASs should be kept solely to the core areas of actuarial expertise”
  • “For the moment the workload of TAS is very onerous, so to extend it now would be difficult to manage”

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users awareness of tass
Users’ awareness of TASs

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implementation of tass
Implementation of TASs

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ongoing cost of tas compliance
Ongoing cost of TAS compliance
  • “Reports are generally longer (need to consider if over-complying) and additional documentation (although this has been a beneficial step-change, in my view)”
  • “The costs are a little larger, but that is mainly because TAS is not fully taken seriously in my view. If it was then the costs would be significantly greater.”

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support on the introduction of the tass
Support on the introduction of the TASs
  • “More guidance on how to interpret and apply proportionality.”
  • “ Regular training and reminders to members, including examples of good and bad TAS practice - particularly with respect to reports.”

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forthcoming review of the tass
Forthcoming review of the TASs
  • Bring the "scope of actuarial standards" piece into a concise page in each TAS
  • The situation with aggregate and component reports needs to be significantly clarified.

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further comments questions
Further comments / questions
  • “TASs could be very powerful in improving standards of work and documentation. However, lack of engagement on TAS with users of information means the value is not understood. In particular, the disparity between information produced by different professions (eg actuaries and accountants)”
  • “The whole approach to TAS should be looked at and a new standard produced that focus more on the real areas of risk / concern”
  • “I support principle based approach and less prescription, encouraging the actuary to think about what the "right" thing is - don't back down !”

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questions and discussion
Questions and Discussion

Contact details

  • John Instance (Life): j.instance@frc.org.uk
  • Natasha Regan (GI): n.regan@frc.org.uk
  • Robert Inglis (Pensions): r.inglis@frc.org.uk

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