Officials at the National Association of Insurance Commission are hoping to complete work on some components of a new reserving system by June 2007.
Pieces of a “principles-based” reserving system that could be ready by mid-year could include a revised Standard Valuation model law and a valuation manual, according to Donna Claire, who is helping to lead work on the new system at the American Academy of Actuaries, Washington.
But another major component, arrangements to analyze and minimize the effects the shift might have on taxes, will probably still be in progress, Claire said here at the NAIC’s winter meeting.
The American Council of Life Insurers, Washington, expects to have its first formal meeting with Treasury Department officials before the end of 2006, according to Paul Graham, the ACLI’s chief life actuary.
“We will discuss policy issues and how tax policy fits in with what is happening with the NAIC’s reserve modernization,” Graham said.
Advocates of a principles-based approach say they want insurers to shift toward using advanced statistical analysis and sound actuarial judgment to set reserves, rather than using static reserving formulas.
The Life & Health Actuarial Task Force, an arm of the NAIC, Kansas City, Mo., has been working on a principles-based reserving project for more than 2 years.
Several speakers at a task force meeting raised concerns about the project.
Larry Bruning, a Kansas regulator and task force co-chair, asked why the current AAA principles-based reserving draft excludes products such as credit life, industrial life, and pre-need and final expense policies.