Memorandum to the Appointed Actuary (Life Insurance) 2014

Document Properties

  • Type of Publication: Memorandum
  • Date: 2014

Table of contents

A. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS AND DIRECTIONS

A.1 Overview

This Memorandum sets out the directions of the Superintendent with respect to the Appointed Actuary’s Report (AAR) specified in Section 667(2) of the Insurance Companies Act (ICA).

The purpose of the AAR is to give the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) a comprehensive report documenting the work done by the Appointed Actuary to calculate the policy liabilities.  The AAR also documents the work the Appointed Actuary does for the administration of Participating Accounts.  The AAR is a key component in OSFI’s review process of the Company’s financial position and profile. 

The AAR should not be considered to solely be a report from the company’s Appointed Actuary to OSFI actuaries. It is also intended for company management and is read by non-actuaries in OSFI who are knowledgeable about insurance. It should be a generally understandable presentation that can be used as a key component in OSFI’s monitoring of the company’s financial results.

A.2 Definition of Liabilities for Insurance Contracts, Investment Contracts, Other Contract Liabilities and Assets

Subsections 365(1) and 629(1) of the ICA require the Appointed Actuary to value the liabilities for insurance contracts, investment contracts, reinsurance assets and other contract liabilities and assets of the company. These amounts are collectively referred to as policy liabilities and are covered by the Appointed Actuaries Opinion and are reported in the AAR. Specifically, this includes the following:

  • Liabilities for insurance and investment contracts. The gross (net insurance contract liability plus reinsurance asset) amounts reported in the AAR must reconcile to the following amounts in the Annual Returns:
    • Canadian Life Insurance Companies and Canadian Fraternal Benefit Societies:
      • LIFE-1 Page 20.020 Line 010 (Actuarial liabilities for insurance contracts) plus
      • LIFE-1 Page 22.020 Line 450 (Actuarial liabilities for investment contracts)
    • Canadian Branches of Foreign Life Companies and Foreign Fraternal Benefit Societies:
      • LIFE-2 Page 20.020 Line 010 (Actuarial liabilities for insurance contracts) plus
      • LIFE-2 Page 22.020 Line 450 (Actuarial liabilities for investment contracts)
    • To support this reconciliation, the presence of the associated undiscounted deferred tax liability or asset, as determined by the accountants, should be clearly disclosed. CALM requires that the insurance contract liabilities include a discounted provision for deferred taxes. However, the annual returns show a separate undiscounted deferred tax asset or liability, which is determined by the accountants, along with an insurance contract liability after the associated undiscounted deferred tax has been removed. Therefore, the total consolidated insurance contract liabilities appearing in the AAR must exclude the associated undiscounted deferred tax assets or liabilities.

      Practice varies by company regarding the level at which the undiscounted deferred tax is netted (e.g. by product line, business unit, company). The tables in the AAR should disclose at what level taxes are included.

      The AAR should clearly disclose whether or not the insurance contract liabilities for each product line include deferred taxes on a discounted or undiscounted basis and how these reconcile to the consolidated total that excludes the undiscounted deferred taxes. Also any disclosure of changes in insurance contract liabilities or provision for adverse deviations should clearly disclose whether or not these items include deferred taxes on a discounted or undiscounted basis. The same principles apply to the disclosure for the presence of any deferred tax assets or liabilities associated with investment contract liabilities.

  • Other Contract Liabilities. The gross (net liability plus reinsurance asset) amounts reported in the AAR must reconcile to the following amounts in the Annual Returns (less the liabilities held for investment contracts):
    • Canadian Life Insurance Companies: LIFE-1 Page 20.020 Line 040 (less LIFE-1 Page 22.020 Line 450)
    • Canadian Branches of Foreign Life Companies: LIFE-2 Page 20.020 Line 040 (less LIFE-2 Page 22.020 Line 450)
  • Other Liabilities or Asset Provisions in the Annual Return that are inherently related to or linked to insurance contracts, investment contracts.
  • Total Assets. The amounts reported in the AAR must reconcile to the following amounts in the Annual Returns:
    • Canadian Life Insurance Companies: LIFE-1 Page 20.010 Line 899
    • Canadian Branches of Foreign Life Companies: LIFE-2 Page 20.010 Line 899

A.3 Accepted Actuarial Practice

Section 365(2) and section 629(2) of the ICA require that: “The actuary’s valuation shall be in accordance with generally accepted actuarial practice with such changes as may be determined by the Superintendent and any additional directions that may be made by the Superintendent.”

OSFI’s Guideline E-15 describes all of the duties of the Appointed Actuary and the qualifications that OSFI expects the Appointed Actuary to have.

The Superintendent understands generally accepted actuarial practice to be defined by the professional actuarial standards of practice promulgated by the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA), together with the additional requirements and directions of this Memorandum. Any deviations from CIA standards or from the additional requirements of this Memorandum must be reported in the AAR and justified.

The CIA annually issues a letter (the Fall Letter) from the Committee on Life Insurance Financial Reporting (CLIFR). This letter gives guidance on certain valuation issues not yet fully covered in the CIA’s standards of practice. While the CLIFR Fall Letter is not a mandatory CIA standard, the Appointed Actuary should disclose when the Fall Letter is not followed.

The Appointed Actuary should consider any additional professional guidance, such as CIA educational notes and research papers.

This Memorandum for 2014 year-end financial reporting does not contain any requirements that override or limit generally accepted actuarial practice.

In complying with generally accepted actuarial practice, the Appointed Actuary must meet a standard of care with respect to the data used in valuations. This standard of care, specified in the CIA standards, requires the Appointed Actuary to establish suitable check procedures for the verification of data. The CIA/CICA’s Joint Policy Statement (JPS) reflects the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants’ (CICA) new Audit Guideline (replacing Audit Guideline 43 with CICA Guide: Audits of financial statements that contain amounts that have been determined using actuarial calculations). While the JPS offers the Appointed Actuary the option to consider the Auditor’s work, the existence of the JPS does not override the ICA’s requirement for filing reports with the Annual Return that meet the required standard of care in the CIA standards. The extent to which the Appointed Actuary considers the work of the Auditor must be discussed in the AAR. Where the Appointed Actuary uses the work of the Auditor, the details of the Auditor’s work should not be addressed in the AAR. If there are instances where the Appointed Actuary does not use the work of the Auditor because of any special circumstances, this must be disclosed in the product sections of the AAR. In such cases, the Appointed Actuary should describe the data verification that was performed.

The CIA standards (CSOP Subsection 1610) describe the Appointed Actuary’s use of another person’s work. Such use of the work of others should be disclosed in the section of the AAR where it most logically applies (e.g., at the company level, a specific product level, etc.).

A.4 Materiality Standards

In preparing the company’s Annual Return, the company management and the external auditor routinely agree on a level of materiality. The AAR must report these materiality standards.

In addition, the Appointed Actuary must report on how the Annual Return materiality standard is applied in the valuation of policy liabilities.  If different materiality standards are applied in the valuation, the Appointed Actuary must disclose them. 

A.5 Filing Directions

The deadline for the filing of this Appointed Actuary’s Report is 60 days after the end of the fiscal year.

Failure to meet the deadlines of the AAR and Dynamic Capital Adequacy Testing (DCAT) report filings will result in a penalty fee under OSFI’s Late and Erroneous Filing Penalty Framework.

With respect to deadlines for filing the DCAT and Peer Review Reports, refer to OSFI Guideline E-15 “Appointed Actuary: Legal Requirements, Qualifications and Peer Review”.

For the AARs, the DCATs and the Peer Review Reports the company is required to submit:

  • One electronic copy uploaded to a secure web portal (For security reasons, e-mail should not be used);
  • Word or pdf format, with pdf preferred; and
  • One electronic copy of the required tables in the AAR in Excel format (life companies only).
  • Note: No hard copies are required, with the exception of some institutions for the AAR. The companies this applies to will be contacted individually.

Instructions on the use of the web portal can be found on OSFI’s Website at www.osfi-bsif.gc.ca under Life Insurance Companies and Fraternals  / Filing Instructions, Returns and Penalties.  For the file naming conventions follow the instructions for Unstructured Financial Returns.

B. GENERAL LAYOUT

The format and order of presentation specified in this Memorandum must be followed.  The report is ordered so that summary total company information is presented first.  This should give the reader an overview of the company’s policy liabilities.  The data should be ordered to be consistent with, first, the way that the company is reported externally and, second, the way that the company is managed, analyzed and reported internally.  This requires that data be displayed in a descending cascade by company, country, asset segment and products. 

A uniform manner of presentation allows OSFI to more easily compare methodologies and assumptions between companies.

The Appointed Actuary’s Report is to have the following sections:

Table of Contents

  1. Overview of the Company
  2. Total Consolidated Company Data
  3. Details by Asset Segment and Products
  4. Additional Liability Disclosures
  5. Asset Liability Management
  6. Sources of Earnings
  7. Report on Participating Policies
  8. Additional Reporting for MCCSR and TAAM
  9. Review Procedures
  10. Reporting on Other Requirements of the Appointed Actuary

The requirements for each of the above sections are detailed in this Memorandum.

B.1 Overview of the Company

The overview section of the AAR should include:

  • a brief description of the company’s structure;
  • an overview of its operations;
  • any changes in structure;
  • any acquisitions/divestitures;
  • any key material events affecting the liabilities for insurance and investment contracts, and other contract liabilities;
  • any changes in the philosophy towards the valuation of liabilities;
  • any material new categories of business;

While the above should be disclosed in the overview section of the AAR, any extensive product specific details should also be disclosed in the appropriate product sub-sections.

B.2 Total Consolidated Company Data

B.2.1 Summary Reporting of Consolidated Data

Section B.2 of the AAR must show a set of seven tables, as follows:

  • Table 2.1 - Consolidated Liabilities for Insurance and Investment Contracts
  • Table 2.2a - Other Contract Liabilities
  • Table 2.2b - Additional Contract Related Liabilities and Assets
  • Table 2.3a - Provisions for Adverse Deviations, by Type
  • Table 2.3b - Provisions for Adverse Deviations, by Year
  • Table 2.4a - Liabilities for Insurance and Investment Contracts, Method and Assumption Changes, by Year
  • Table 2.4b - Other Contract Liabilities, Method and Assumption Changes, by Year

The following minimum levels of detail must be followed for the tables in Section B.2 of the AAR:

  • Company: Data must be presented separately for each life insurance company that is consolidated in the Annual Return. This is required since the assets and liabilities are in separate legal entities.
  • Country: If a company operates in more than one country, the data must be shown separately for each country, since in some cases there are local restrictions on the movement of assets and liabilities out of a country.
  • Asset Segment: Each asset segment must be reported separately. The CIA standards require that the valuation of the insurance contract liabilities has to be linked to the supporting assets. Typically, the assets backing one or more products reside in a single asset segment. The sample format for Table 2.1 is set up to capture this structure. However, there could be cases where a product line is backed by more than one asset segment, or some other combination of asset segments and product lines. In such cases, the Appointed Actuary has to decide how to modify the sample format so that the company’s environment is clearly represented.
  • Product Line Reporting: The definition of product line for the purposes of reporting in the AAR should be determined by the Appointed Actuary based on the circumstances of the company. Product lines should be reported separately in the AAR to the same extent that they are separately analyzed or reported to business unit management.
  • Par and Non Par: Participating lines of business must be shown separately.

The above defines a cascade of levels of reporting that must be presented in the AAR. There is no requirement to do further breakdowns of data exclusively for AAR reporting, except where this is explicitly required in this Memorandum. This reporting structure and format must be followed by the company in order to more easily allow for comparisons between companies. The table must show how liability data is matched to the separate asset segments that constitute the company’s asset structure. Only the level of detail, or order, shown in the three left columns of Table 2.1 should vary by company. The Appointed Actuary must determine the level of product detail to be shown that matches the above requirements.

However, exceptions will be allowed depending on the particular circumstances of the company. If the company has a different structure (e.g., asset segments within product lines), such a structure should be used in the tables. Such deviations should be justified. The Appointed Actuary must use judgement in deciding on the level of detail reported in the AAR.

The purpose of this summary table is to give the reader an overview of the company and its lines of business. The Appointed Actuary is discouraged from making this summary table too voluminous. However, if there are products grouped within an asset segment and not covered by the splits above, and which the Appointed Actuary considers to be significant, then their separation in this table is encouraged. The Appointed Actuary should be influenced by how the company’s management looks at the business for internal reporting, while still respecting the required separation of companies and countries, as shown in section B.2.1 of this Memorandum.

More detailed reporting is to be done at the asset segment and product line levels reported in later sections of the AAR. These requirements are covered in sections B.2.4 and B.3 of this Memorandum.

Numbers reported at the total company summary level must reconcile to those reported in the detailed product sections. If a product line is shown separately in the summary tables, the same product line must be reported on separately in the detailed product sections.

For the purposes of this report, Gross Liability is defined as Net Liability plus Reinsurance Asset.

Summary Table 2.1
Consolidated Liabilities for Insurance and Investment Contracts ($, 000)
Company/ Country Asset Segment Product Lines Liabilities 2014 Liabilities 2013 Liabilities 2012
Gross Net % Gross Net % Gross Net %
Parent Co.
- Canada
Segment #1 Product #1                  
Product #2                  
Product #3                  
Segment Total                  
Segment #2 Product #4                  
Product #5                  
Segment Total                  
Segment #3 Segment Total                  
Seg Funds Segment Total                  
Surplus Misc. Liabs                  
Canada Total                    
Parent Co.
U.S.
Segment #4 Product #1                  
Product #2                  
Segment Total                  
Segment #5 Product #3                  
Product #4                  
Segment Total                  
Surplus Misc. Liabs                  
U.S. Total                    
Parent Co Total                      
Subsidiary Comp. #1 Segment #6 Product #1                  
Segment Total                  
Surplus Misc. Liabs                  
  Total Subsid. # 1                    
Consolidated Total                      

The percentages required in the above table are the ratios of each of the net contract liabilities to the consolidated total.

This sample chart shows separate asset segments for surplus. However, each company can have its asset segments organized in a different way. Some companies may have surplus inside the other asset segments. Some companies may have corporate asset segments. The sample chart also shows liabilities inside a surplus segment. Again, this may be true for some companies and not for all. The company’s actual structure should be used in determining the contents of the three left columns.

Not all companies do income tax calculations at the product level. Allocations should not be done just for purposes of reporting in this table. Refer to Section A.2 of this memorandum for instructions on reconciliation to annual returns.

B.2.2 Summary Reporting of Other Contract Liabilities

The liabilities in Table 2.2a must be shown separately for each company, country and par/nonpar detail, corresponding to Table 2.1 above. These liabilities are not required to be reported in detail by product line. However, if there is a material amount which the Appointed Actuary judges to be significant, more details are expected to be provided in the Product Line Reporting (Section B.3.1). In particular, if the “other” category is significant, more detailed disclosure is required. The liabilities in Table 2.2a must not include liabilities for investment contracts. (Liabilities for investment contracts are to be included in Table 2.1)

The table should show the other liabilities by type. The following sample table shows the format style that the company is expected to follow.

Summary Table 2.2a
Consolidated Other Contract Liabilities ($, 000)
Company/Country Liability Type 2014 2013 2012
Parent Co. – Canada Claims reported but not admitted      
Claims incurred but not reported      
Provision for exp. Rating refunds      
Dividends on deposit      
Proceeds on deposit      
Premiums paid in advance      
Premiums on deposit      
Other      
Subtotal      
Parent Co. – U.S. Claims reported but not admitted      
Claims incurred but not reported      
Provision for exp. Rating refunds      
Dividends on deposit      
Proceeds on deposit      
Premiums paid in advance      
Premiums on deposit      
Other      
Subtotal      
  Total      

In addition to the liabilities in Table 2.2a, the Appointed Actuary must disclose any other liabilities in the Annual Return that are inherently related to insurance and investment contracts. Included in this are liabilities that were determined by the Appointed Actuary or where the size of the liabilities depends on the Appointed Actuary’s judgement. The Appointed Actuary must disclose in which line of the Annual Return each of these liabilities reside.

Similarly, the Appointed Actuary must disclose any assets whose amount depends on the Appointed Actuary’s judgement. Examples of such assets include, but are not limited to, some reinsurance receivables, reverse mortgages (whose value depends on assumptions such as real estate appreciation, mortality, etc.), value of warranties on acquired blocks, etc. The Appointed Actuary must disclose in which line of the Annual Return each of these liabilities reside.

The liabilities and assets in Table 2.2b must be shown separately for each company, country and par/nonpar detail, corresponding to the level of detail shown in Table 2.1 above. The following sample table shows the format style that the company is expected to follow for reporting such liabilities and assets.

Summary Table 2.2b
Consolidated Additional Contract Related
Liabilities and Assets ($, 000)
Company/Country Liability Type 2014 2013 2012
Parent Co. – Canada Subtotal      
     
     
     
Parent Co. – U.S. Subtotal      
     
     
     
  Total      

B.2.3 Summary Reporting of Provisions for Adverse Deviations

Section 2.3 of the AAR must show two tables of the Provisions for Adverse Deviations (PfADs) that are included in the liabilities: 1) by type and 2) by year. The company/country/asset segment/product combinations must be the same as shown in Table 2.1 described above. All the provisions disclosed in the AAR must be on a before-tax basis.

Table 2.3a below shows the provisions for the current year by type of provision. The table cannot be altered by combining columns or removing columns.

Summary Table 2.3a 

Text version

 

If the valuation methodology used does not produce separate PfADs for each of the product lines in the table (e.g., if the Canadian Asset Liability Method (CALM) method aggregates some products), the disclosure in the above table should be at the level at which it is available. Allocations are not required just for purposes of reporting in this table.

The Appointed Actuary must disclose whether the best estimate assumptions for life mortality or health morbidity include an assumption of improving mortality or morbidity.

It is recognized that appointed actuaries calculate the amounts of the PfADs using different methodologies. The following are some examples of differences, each requiring disclosure:

  • The amount value of each of the PfADs is calculated one at a time, while keeping the others unchanged. This will result in a balancing “other” component.
  • The PfADs are calculated in a cumulative manner.
  • The order of calculation can vary, and the resulting size of the individual PfADs can be different as a result.
  • The calculations can include or exclude related deferred tax liability or asset on a discounted or undiscounted basis (and this should be clearly disclosed as per section A.2 of this memorandum).

All such methods are acceptable for purposes of reporting in the AAR. OSFI expects there to be comparability in the calculation method by year.

The Appointed Actuary should disclose the order in which the PfADs were calculated. If this varies by product line, this should be noted in the summary section of the AAR, and the details of the calculation method disclosed in the detailed sections of this report.

Table 2.3b below shows the provisions for adverse deviations included in the liabilities for the last three years.

Summary Table 2.3b 

Text version

 

If the valuation methodology used does not produce separate PfADs for each of the product lines in the table (e.g., if the CALM method aggregates some products), the disclosure in the above table should be at the level at which it is available. Allocations are not required just for purposes of reporting in this table.

B.2.4 Summary Reporting of Changes in Methods and Assumptions

Table 2.4a shows the methods and assumptions changes in liabilities for insurance and investment contracts. The company/country/asset segment/product line combinations must be the same as in Table 2.1 described above.

The following is a sample of the table showing the changes in methods and assumptions for the last three years.

Summary Table 2.4a 

Text version

 

A method or assumption change is defined as one that affects the liabilities of contracts that were in-force in the prior financial reporting period.

The description of the changes shown in the table must be brief and succinct. Details describing the changes must be shown in the detailed product sections in Section B.4 of the AAR.

Each of the changes in methods or assumptions must be disclosed separately. If more than one change is made to any of the products shown, the effects of each change must be shown separately and not netted. As indicated in section A.2 of this memorandum, the Appointed Actuary must disclose whether the impact on the liabilities includes or excludes the impact on the associated deferred tax assets or liabilities on a discounted or undiscounted basis.

The effect of each change is required to be separately split into the following:

  • those resulting from changes to expected experience, including any resulting change in PfAD;
  • changes to Margins for Adverse Deviations (MfADs);
  • changes resulting from special, particular or one-time circumstances (e.g., new standards, change in methodology, etc.);
  • corrections to errors;
  • changes due to a large non-usual transaction (e.g., reinsurance, acquisition, etc.);
  • changes in bulk liabilities;
  • changes due to any administrative and corporate changes (e.g., new systems, change in investment policy, etc.); and
  • changes in Conditional Tail Expectation (CTE) levels when a stochastic model is used for valuation.

The Appointed Actuary must disclose in which quarter each change was made.

Table 2.4b shows the method and assumption changes in other contract liabilities.

The following is a sample of the table showing such changes in methods and assumptions for the last three years.

Summary Table 2.4b 

Text version

 

B.2.5 Opinion of the Appointed Actuary

A copy of the following opinion must be included in the AAR. The electronic filing of the AAR with OSFI must include a scanned copy of the signed opinion.

OPINION OF THE APPOINTED ACTUARY

I have valued the policy liabilities [and reinsurance recoverables] of [the Company] for its [consolidated] [statement of financial position] at [31 December XXXX] and their changes in the [consolidated statement of income] for the year then ended in accordance with the accepted actuarial practice in Canada including selection of appropriate assumptions and methods.

In my opinion, the amount of policy liabilities [net of reinsurance recoverables] makes appropriate provision for all policy obligations and the [consolidated] financial statements fairly present the results of the valuation.

Line to fill out_________________________________
(Signature)

Line to fill out_________________________________
(Name in Print)
Fellow, Canadian Institute of Actuaries

Line to fill out_________________________________
(Location)

Line to fill out_____________
(Date)

The language in square brackets is variable and other language may be adjusted to conform to interim financial statements and to the terminology and presentation in the financial statements.

B.3 Details by Asset Segments and Product Lines

Section B.3 of the AAR is expected to document the asset segment and product line details of the valuation of the policy liabilities. This section of the AAR must follow the same order, and show the same combination of asset segments and product lines, as is shown in Summary Table 2.1. Thus, this section must follow the same cascade of company/country/asset segment/product.

The amounts disclosed in this section (each asset segment and the related products) must correspond to those shown in Summary Table 2.1.

The CIA standards require that the valuation of the insurance contract liabilities be linked to the supporting assets.  Typically, the assets backing one or more products reside in a single asset segment.  The sample format for Table 3.1 is set up this way.  However, there could be cases where a product line is backed by more than one asset segment, or some other combination of asset segments and product lines.  In such cases, the Appointed Actuary should modify the sample format so that the company’s environment is clearly represented while still being consistent with the spirit of the sample table.  The table must show how liability data is matched to the separate asset segments that constitute the company’s asset structure. 

It is recognized that not all of the elements that are requested to be disclosed are calculated at the same level of detail. Some examples of this are:

  • The undiscounted deferred income taxes (as discussed in section A.2 of this memorandum) may be calculated at a higher level than the product line level of detail required by table 3.1.
  • The actual to expected studies may be at a summarized product level.

Similarly, some of the descriptions of methodology or some assumptions may be the same for more than one product or asset segment. This need only be disclosed once in the AAR at the appropriate summary level, but the detailed product sections must make direct reference to it. Some examples of this are:

  • Asset/Liability management (ALM) is the same;
  • The same mortality table is used for several product lines.

It is required that each product section be self-contained. It must either have the data within the section, or there must be an explicit reference to a specific page at a different summarized level. The reader of the AAR should not have to search through non-cross-referenced sections of the AAR.

B.3.1 Asset Segment Reporting

The composition of each asset segment must be documented separately in the AAR in a table with the following format.  The major asset and liability categories must be shown for the last three years.  The liabilities for insurance and investment contracts, and other contract liabilities, supported by the asset segment must be included in the table. 

Table 3.1
Asset Segment – Assets and Liabilities ($, 000)

(Statement Carrying Values at December 31)
Company/ Country / Asset Segment 2014
Statement Asset Value Net Investment Income Net Realized Capital Gains/Losses Change in Fair Value
Bonds: Held for Trading or FVO        
Available For Sale        
Other        
Mortgages: Held for Trading or FVO        
Available For Sale        
Other        
Equities: Held for Trading or FVO        
Available For Sale        
Other        
Real Estate        
Policy Loans        
Cash and S.T.        
Inter-Seg. Notes        
Inter-Company        
Derivatives        
Other Invest        
Other Investment #1        
Other Investment #2        
Deferred Tax Assets        
Reinsurance Assets        
Other Assets        
Total        
  2014
Gross Ceded Net
Liabilities for insurance and investment contracts      
Product #1      
Product #2      
Etc.      
Net Deferred Gains/Losses on R.E.      
Inter-Company      
Deferred Tax Liability.      
Other Liabilities      
Total Liabilities      
Surplus      

All the rows in the tables above are expected to be shown. Do not blank out rows that do not apply, but explicitly show them to be zero. Three years of data are required.

The Appointed Actuary should disclose the policy for determining the type of assets (held to maturity, available for sale, trading, fair value option) used to back the liabilities in this asset segment.

The Statement asset values should be the same as are used in the Annual Return. The total of all Statement asset values for all the segments reported must equal the total assets (after inter-segment notes and inter-company loans are eliminated) on the balance sheet in the Annual Return (see Section A.2).

The inter-segment notes should be shown as positive and negative amounts in the chart above.

If there are any “other assets” , “other liabilities”, or “other investments” which are material to that asset segment, the Appointed Actuary is expected to provide more detail.

The net investment income must include the amortization of the real estate net deferred gains/losses. The investment income must be the same definition as used in the Annual Return. It would include net realized gains on assets designated Available for Sale and changes in fair value for assets designated Held for Trading or Fair Value Option. Note that net investment income on the Annual Return also includes any net incurred credit losses. For assets designated Available for Sale or loans, there would be explicit write downs or provisions set up, but for assets designated Held for Trading or Fair Value Option, net incurred credit losses would be implicit in the Change in Fair Value portion of net investment income.

If the asset mix, including bond quality, has changed materially between years, the reason for this should be discussed.

If the investment policy has changed, the effect on the policy liabilities should be discussed. 

The use of assets other than bonds, mortgages, equities, real estate, policy loans and cash to back insurance contract liabilities must be disclosed.  Such assets include, but are not limited to, inter-segment notes, deferred tax assets, derivatives, goodwill, loans to subs or parents, etc.

As required by ICA subsection 611.1 (1), only vested assets may be used by foreign companies to determine their contract liabilities.

The Appointed Actuary should disclose the company’s policy with respect to the level of assets in each segment, transfers in and out of segments, frequency of transfers, new inter-segment or inter-company notes and policies with respect to surplus held within asset segments that back liabilities.

For interest sensitive asset segments, the AAR must have a discussion of the asset liability management applied. The requirements for this reporting are shown in Section B.5 of this Memorandum.

B.3.2 Product Line Reporting

Within each asset segment, the Appointed Actuary must separately discuss the valuation of the products that have been shown in Table 3.1.

The reporting of each product should include the following:

B.3.2.1 Product Data:
Table 3.2.X (X = Product Name)
Product Data ($, 000)

(At December 31)
Company & Country   2014 2013 2012
Asset Segment
Product #1

Liabilities for Insurance contracts and Investment contracts:

Gross      
Net      
Face Amount: Gross      
Net      
Account Values: Gross      
Net      
Premiums: First Year      
Single      
Renewal      
Less, Ceded      

PfAD (on a before-tax basis) as a % of Net Liabilities:

       
Fixed Income Credit Loss        
Mortality        
Mortality Improvement        
Morbidity        
Morbidity Improvement        
Expenses        
Lapses        
Interest Rate C3        
Equity/ Real Estate        
Other/ General        
Total PfAD        
Change in Liabilities From Method and Assumption Changes:        
Expected Liabilities        
MfADs        

The above data must be shown for each of the products. The amount of liabilities must reconcile to the amounts shown in Summary Table 2.1. The Appointed Actuary must disclose whether the liabilities and PfADs include or exclude related deferred tax assets or liabilities on a discounted or undiscounted basis as required by section A.2 of this memorandum.

The purpose of showing face amounts, account values and premiums is to give an overview of the size of the product, which may not always be understood just from the size of the liabilities.  Face amount should be shown for life insurance products.  Account values should be shown for universal life, segregated fund and deferred annuity contracts. The AAR should note the basis for the premiums shown (e.g., on the same basis as shown in the income statement of the Annual Return, annualized basis from valuation system, etc.). 

B.3.2.2 Description of Product:

A description of the product and its key features must be disclosed. This should disclose details on the features of the product, the guarantees, benefits, contract durations, etc. The level of detail in this description should be sufficient to justify the methodology and assumptions used.

The Appointed Actuary should discuss the key risks in each of the products.  For instance, the Appointed Actuary should disclose the assumptions for which a misestimation would have the largest effect on the policy liabilities, which assumptions are the most volatile, and the results of any testing done for sensitivity analysis. 

B.3.2.3 New Products:

The AAR should disclose details on the features of the new products, the guarantees, benefits, contract durations, etc. This description should be sufficient to justify the assumptions and methodology used. Where the product is novel or experimental, and relevant experience data is not available, the Appointed Actuary should describe the work performed to measure the risk associated with these new contingencies.

B.3.2.4 Reinsurance:

Where reinsurance is material, a description of the reinsurance structure with respect to risks and allowances should be included. Any new reinsurance treaty or other arrangement, assumed or ceded, must be disclosed. Disclosure should include the effective and expected termination dates, the type of reinsurance, a description of the products covered, recapture provisions, and any significant impact to liabilities for insurance and investment contracts and capital.

B.3.2.5 Expected Experience Assumptions:

The Appointed Actuary must document all expected experience assumptions used in the valuation, describing their rationale, justification and validation. This includes mortality, morbidity, interest, credit loss, lapses, expenses, inflation, renewal/conversion, disability/recovery, income taxes and any other contingencies that are applicable.

While all assumptions are expected to be documented, the Appointed Actuary must use judgement in deciding on the amount of detail included in the AAR with respect to assumptions. For instance, multi-page listings of qx tables or lapse tables are discouraged.

The AAR must disclose how the expected experience assumptions were determined with specific reference to company experience studies and industry data as applicable. The credibility of the company data is to be disclosed, as is any blending of company and industry data.

The Appointed Actuary should describe the source of the expected experience assumptions. If industry experience is used, this should be stated. If industry tables are available, but not used, the Appointed Actuary should show how the assumptions compare with the industry tables. For assumptions where limited experience exists, the Appointed Actuary should disclose the basis and rationale for determining the assumptions.

Any use of implicit assumptions or approximations requires disclosure and discussion.

For participating and adjustable products, the Appointed Actuary should describe how the dividends and non-guaranteed elements are reflected in the calculation of the insurance contract liabilities.

The Appointed Actuary should disclose when the expected experience assumptions were last updated or reviewed, and briefly describe the policy(ies) and guidelines that govern how frequently each material expected experience assumption is to be updated or reviewed. If the frequency of updating or review of expected experience assumptions is not governed by any policy or guideline, this should also be noted.

A comparison of actual experience versus expected experience assumptions should be shown separately for each material assumption within each product and for the last three years if the data is available. Where such studies are done at a more aggregate level than the product level, this information should be shown. This comparison should be shown separately for the key risk assumptions. The results for lapse should be shown separately for lapse-supported products and non-lapse supported products.

This analysis does not require a full formal experience study. It could consist of expected experience per the valuation system versus actual experience taken from the accounting data. Consistent differences in one direction and large swings should be explained. If such actual to expected comparisons are done for only a portion of the product lines, the AAR should show the proportion that is measured. If such studies are not available, this should be disclosed.

B.3.2.6 Investment Assumptions:

The AAR must report the key future reinvestment rates and reinvestment strategies assumed.

The Appointed Actuary should disclose how ALM or investment policies and limits are reflected under the constraint that the insurer’s expected investment practice should be determined without taking into consideration any business that could be issued after the valuation date (Paragraph 2330.05 of the CSOP).

The AAR must disclose and discuss the results of the scenarios required by CALM.
All CALM required scenarios and the corresponding insurance contract liabilities must be disclosed. Additional scenario testing must also be disclosed.

For the scenario used in the valuation, it is required that the reinvestment and inflation assumption rates for each duration be disclosed. The Appointed Actuary should disclose how historic and current investment spreads were considered in the development of future investment spread and future credit loss assumptions.

Actuaries are reminded that they should pay special attention to the current low interest rate environment in setting valuation assumptions. Paragraph 2330.30 of the CSOP refers to running scenarios other than the prescribed scenarios. For the 2014 year-end, the Appointed Actuary is expected to disclose in the AAR the effect of the scenarios using the following interest rates for all future reinvestment assumptions (both short and long term).

  • 1.5%
  • 2%
  • 2.5%
  • 3%

The use of non-fixed income assets (e.g. equities, real estate, timber, etc.) for CALM valuation must be disclosed and described. The basis for the expected experience assumption and the MfAD is to be disclosed, separately for income and growth assumptions. The timing and amount of the one-time shock to value should be disclosed along with the rationale supporting these assumptions.

The following table should be filled in:

Table 3.2.6
Non-fixed Income Assets
Assumptions used in Valuation
Country Asset Category Dividend / Income Return Capital Gain Market Shock
Expected MfAD Expected MfAD (%) Year after the valuation dateTable 3.2.6 note *
(%) (%) (%) (%)
  Equities            
- Public            
- Private            
             
  Real Estate            
             
  Other (please specify)            
             
             
             

Return to Table 3.2.6 note * referrer The timing of the one-time shock would be determined by testing, but usually would be the time when their book value is largest.

The rationale for the split of the total return between income and growth should be provided. The description of this basis should include the names and historical period for any published indices used, and the rationale for selection of the index vs. alternative indices available. Also, a description and summary of any internal experience studies should be included. The Appointed Actuary should disclose and explain the difference between the return derived from the historical data and the selected assumption.

The assumptions governing the level and timing of future purchases, sales and reinvestment of income for non-fixed income assets must be disclosed, including discussion of the term for which fixed income assets are used to immunize/match liabilities and the use of non-fixed income to support liability cash flows after this term.

Based on the results of the worst scenario, the projected percentage for non-fixed income assets relative to total asset value should be disclosed (in Table 4.14b of Section B.4.14). This information is expected to be disclosed by product line.

Any use of derivatives must be disclosed, together with the approach to modeling their cash flows in CALM.

The treatment of initial short term security or cash positions, receivables, and future net negative reinvestment cash flows should be disclosed.

If the future cash flows from more than one asset segment are aggregated under the CALM methodology, this must be discussed in detail.

If CALM results are separately calculated for a given product line, but then aggregated with other product lines, the worst scenario in aggregate may not be the worst scenario for that product line. If the Appointed Actuary then selects insurance contract liabilities for that product line that are not based on the worst scenario for that product line, this practice must be disclosed and justified. For this purpose, the Appointed Actuary should consider the guidance contained in the CIA Educational Note “Aggregation and Allocation of Policy Liabilities”, dated September 2003.

If a stochastic interest rate model is used, the Appointed Actuary must justify the appropriateness of the model being used and that the range of stochastic scenarios adequately reflects the C-3 risk characteristics of the asset and liability cash flows of the segments. Discussion must include, but not be limited to, the description of the interest rate model, calibration process, and types of tests performed to ensure that the number of scenarios used were appropriate.

B.3.2.7 Mortality/Morbidity Improvement:

The current CIA standards (2350.06) allow the Appointed Actuary to assume improving future mortality for life insurance products.

Also, a company may assume improving future morbidity for some health insurance products.

The Appointed Actuary must describe the mortality and morbidity improvement assumptions used, the rationale for the assumptions and how they related to actual mortality and morbidity improvement experience in the past few years.

Death-supported policies must be separately discussed and clearly disclose the mortality improvement MfADs used.  The Appointed Actuary must ensure that the application of a margin for adverse deviations results in an increase to the value of the liability and that the resulting provision is sufficient and adequate in the aggregate.

B.3.2.8 Margins for Adverse Deviation for Non-economic Assumptions:

The Appointed Actuary must confirm that a margin for adverse deviations (positive or negative) was added to each expected experience assumption, in compliance with CIA standards. The Appointed Actuary should discuss the testing done to ensure that the addition of each of the MfADs served to increase the liabilities.

For each assumption, the Appointed Actuary must disclose and justify the level of margin for adverse deviations used. If a margin is outside the range recommended in the CIA standards, the Appointed Actuary must highlight this. If a margin is specified differently than in the CIA standards (e.g. use of a percentage for mortality, etc.) this must be disclosed and the effect disclosed.

For the lapse MfADs, the method used to determine the crossover points should be disclosed.

B.3.2.9 Method and Assumption Changes:

The changes in methods or assumptions must be disclosed in the product tables 3.2.X. The changes must also be described and justified. As well as the new assumptions/methods, it is expected that the previous assumptions/methods are to be explicitly documented. This will allow for easier comparisons.

Multiple changes must not be netted. The changes should be split between:

  • those resulting from a change in expected experience, including any resulting change in PfAD;
  • a change in MfAD levels;
  • those resulting from special, particular or one time circumstances, such as the introduction of new standards or change in methodology;
  • corrections to errors;
  • any unusual transactions (reinsurance, acquisitions, etc.);
  • any changes in bulk liabilities;
  • any administration, systems, operational or corporate changes, or;
  • a change in CTE levels when a stochastic model is used for valuation.

The table must show in which quarter the change was made.

B.3.2.10 Other:

For par accounts, the AAR should provide a description of the policyholder dividend scale assumed in the valuation, including any prospective changes in the dividend scale relative to the current dividend scale.

For all products that have a separate calculation of unamortized DAC, this must be disclosed and the methodology explained. This is to include a description of the recoverability testing and any write-downs in the last three years. Any margins not included in the liabilities are expected to be disclosed and described.

The Appointed Actuary must disclose whether any ancillary sources of earnings margins are assumed to offset any assumptions in the valuation, whether implicitly or explicitly. For example, are earnings margins from riders or amounts on deposit used to subsidize the valuation of the parent policy?

For fraternal companies, the Appointed Actuary should disclose any special fees, subsidies from the fraternal organization and any special income.

B.3.2.11 Bulk Liabilities:

The amounts of any bulk liabilities must be disclosed, with each disclosed separately for the last three years. Examples of such liabilities that fall into this category include:

  1. manual adjustment reserves that are the result of the absence, or the inadequacies, of a valuation system,
  2. a bulk reserve to cover potential data problems,
  3. liabilities held to cover cyclical fluctuations,
  4. a manual adjustment that does not have a natural run-off pattern based on the underlying policies,
  5. manual adjustments used to offset current experience fluctuations, etc.

The above are examples only and should not be considered an exhaustive list. The disclosure should include the reasons for holding these liabilities, the methods and assumptions used to determine the liabilities, and policies for releasing these liabilities in the future. Any changes in these liabilities must be disclosed as a basis change and reported by quarter in Table 2.4 and in Table 3.2.X.

B.3.2.12 Type of Valuation Approach or System:

The type of valuation approach or system used should be disclosed. For instance, was the valuation done using (i) a CALM aggregated methodology, (ii) an approximation to CALM, for instance using modelling, (iii) a seriatim calculation or grouped valuation, (iv) an adjustment from another value, such as fund value or NAIC reserves, (v) a bulk approximation, etc.

The disclosure should include whether the valuation system is an in-house system or a commercially purchased system. Any changes in valuation systems should be disclosed and the effects quantified. As well, the results of any audit or review related to changes in valuation systems should be described. If changes in valuation systems have not been subject to audits or reviews, this should also be noted

B.3.2.13 Internal Control Analysis of Insurance Contract Liabilities:

The Appointed Actuary typically makes use of some method(s) of internal analysis to verify or validate the insurance contract liabilities.  This can take a variety of forms.  Examples are (i) ratios of face amount to insurance contract liabilities, (ii) trend analysis, (iii) a reserve build (e.g., start of year liability plus liability for new business plus natural aging less claims equals liability at end of year), (iv) ratios to fund values, (v) sources of earnings analysis, etc.  The Appointed Actuary should discuss the internal analysis currently used to validate the insurance contract liabilities and disclose the numbers from this process in the AAR.  The numbers for the last three years should be shown.

B.3.2.14 Comparison With Other Reporting:

The Appointed Actuary should compare the expected experience assumptions used in the valuation of insurance contract liabilities with the comparable expected experience assumptions used in other reporting requirements. These comparisons include (i) the cash flow assumptions underlying the base scenario for the DCAT projections, (ii) the current pricing assumptions for new business compared to the valuation assumptions for the same blocks of new business, (iii) any comparable assumptions underlying the current business plan for the company, if applicable. It is accepted that there could be valid reasons for any differences in expected experience assumptions, but if there are such differences, the Appointed Actuary must comment on the reasons.

B.4 ADDITIONAL LIABILITY DISCLOSURES

B.4.1 Credit Risk

Liability for credit risk is composed of the following subsets:

  • Expected future expected asset defaults;
  • PfAD for future asset defaults;
  • Expected future credit downgrades; and
  • Asset provision for impaired assets.

Expected future credit downgrades occur when the credit rating for an asset is downgraded by a rating agency or by the company itself (e.g. an AA bond is downgraded to BBB).

Asset provisions for impaired assets are the reductions in asset values required on the asset side of the balance sheet by accounting rules.

The current CSOP also uses the term “asset depreciation” to describe credit risk.

The Appointed Actuary should disclose how the above components of credit risk are included in the liabilities.

The Appointed Actuary should describe the process used to determine both normal credit risk liability assumptions and any credit risk assumptions in excess of normal levels.

The Appointed Actuary should explain whether and how credit risk includes both projected asset defaults, asset provisions for impaired assets and the cost of maintaining a target credit quality in the event of credit ratings downgrades.

The following three tables are expected to be completed. If credit risk factors are set at a different level than shown in the tables, the tables should be modified to show the extra detail. If the factors differ by company/country/asset segment, this detail should be shown.

Summary Table 4.1a 

Text version

 

The term “annual dollar amounts” in the table above refers to the annual amount of credit risk in the expected experience assumptions. For instance, if the expected credit risk assumption is x basis points, then the annual dollar amount is the x basis points applied to the corresponding asset value. The basis on which the asset value is determined for this purpose must be disclosed. The intention is to have Table 4.1a be consistent with the data in Table 4.1b below.

Table 4.1b
Actual Credit Risk Experience
  Actual Credit Risk Loss, As Basis Points Actual Credit Risk Loss, As Dollar Amounts (,000)
2014 2013 2012 2014 2013 2012
Bonds
(Held for Trading or Fair Value Option)
           
Bonds
(Available for Sale or Other)
           
Commercial Mortgages            
Residential Mortgages            
Real Estate            
Other            
Total            

As actual experience unfolds, the credit risk loss amounts for past events change.

Bonds designated Held for Trading or Fair Value option do not require an explicit write-down or accounting provision when they suffer credit loss, because the fair value implicitly reflects the credit loss. For bonds designated Held for Trading or Fair Value Option, the data in Table 4.1b must be adjusted to include the net change in fair value which is deemed to be due to credit losses. This adjustment would be consistent with the associated credit loss adjustment that would be applied to any cash flows projected on behalf of these bonds in CALM.

For investments Available for Sale or Other, the data should be classified by year to be consistent with how losses and recoveries are classified in the company’s financial statements. The calculation of Basis Points should be consistent with the approach to define Basis Points in Table 4.1a.

Any analysis performed on the historical loss associated with credit downgrades should be described here along with a summary of any findings.

Table 4.1c
Actual Impairment Provisions in Assets,
As Included in the Balance Sheet
  Asset Impairment Provisions, As Basis Points Asset Impairment Provisions, As Dollar Amounts (,000)
2014 2013 2012 2014 2013 2012
Bonds            
Commercial Mortgages            
Residential Mortgages            
Real Estate            
Other            
Total            

With respect to setting the expected experience assumptions and margins for adverse deviations in the liabilities for credit risk losses, the Appointed Actuary should discuss any accounting provisions made for this contingency and any movements in fair value on Held for Trading or Fair Value Option bonds that are due to credit loss. The Appointed Actuary must ensure, and be able to demonstrate, that all credit risk losses have been covered, either through separate provision in the liabilities, or in conjunction with any accounting provisions. These credit risk losses include those which are only implicitly accounted for in the fair value of Held for Trading or Fair Value bonds.

B.4.2 Expenses

The Appointed Actuary should disclose how total company expenses are allocated between acquisition, maintenance and other.

There should be a comparison of the total maintenance expenses to the expected experience assumptions included in the liabilities. If there is a maintenance expense gap (i.e. actual maintenance expenses versus valuation maintenance expenses), the Appointed Actuary should disclose the size of the gap for the last three years, and discuss plans for the future.

If there are expenses that are not classified as acquisition or maintenance, the make-up of these expenses should be disclosed.

Where expense-sharing agreements exist between a parent/subsidiary/closed par block, the AAR should disclose the existence of such arrangements, and detail any specific valuation considerations arising from them.

Branches are required to allocate the expenses covered by the head office on behalf of the branch operations. The Appointed Actuary should confirm that all of these direct and indirect expenses are included in the valuation.

For fraternals, the Appointed Actuary should disclose how all types of expenses are treated, including those not directly related to insurance. There should be a demonstration that any expenses not included in the valuation as maintenance expenses, or not classified as acquisition expenses, are or will be covered by well-defined revenues.

B.4.3 Deferred Taxes in Liabilities

The Appointed Actuary must clearly and explicitly disclose the assumptions made for deferred taxes in the calculation of liabilities.  The AAR must disclose the amount included in the liabilities by the Appointed Actuary and the amount included on the balance sheet by the accountants. 

A description of the recoverability testing analysis performed should be included in the AAR detailing the assumptions, methods and sources used. The description should discuss how the Appointed Actuary confirmed that he/she and the company’s accountant were not double counting the same recovery source.

This disclosure should be done at the lowest level at which it is done in the company (e.g., company, country, product line, etc.).

B.4.4 Index-Linked UL and Annuity Products

It is expected that the AAR include a discussion of the different products in force and their features.  Included must be the face amounts and liabilities of the various products, the accumulated values of annuity products, the fund values of UL products, the amount of new business, the crediting mechanisms, the assets used to back the products, any guarantees, the risks of tracking errors or mismatches, the liabilities, the level of the MfADs and the amounts of the PfADs.

The discussion should include where the assets are held (e.g., in the general fund, in the company’s segregated funds, in external mutual funds). If there is not a direct link between the asset yields and the return guaranteed to the policyholder, the Appointed Actuary should discuss in detail the investment strategy used. For example, if a product guarantees a TSE index but the actual assets are in the general fund and are a combination of bonds, futures, swaps, etc., this requires a description. The basis for the liabilities held to cover tracking errors and guarantees should be explained.

The discussion should also cover the accounting treatment used to ensure consistency between the liabilities and assets in the financial statements.

B.4.5 Segregated Fund Products: Liability and Capital Provision

Standards covering the use of deterministic and stochastic scenarios are included in subsections 2320.50 and 2320.51 of the CSOP. The high degree of skewness in the cost distribution associated with these products lends itself to the use of stochastic techniques, particularly in respect of the determination of future investment paths. It is OSFI’s expectation that insurers with material guarantees employ stochastic methods in the determination of guarantee costs. Other insurers with smaller blocks of segregated fund products should endeavour to adopt stochastic methods as well.

Specific guidance pertaining to the valuation of segregated fund guarantees is provided in the CSOP. A number of insurance standards also apply (CALM). Some of the key standards include (but are not limited to):

Subsection 2320:
Paragraphs: 01, 02, 08.1, 08.2, 10.1, 10.2, 13.1, 18, 22, 23.2, 24,27.

Subsection 2350:
Paragraphs: 01, 19.1, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50

Subsection 2360

The Superintendent requires that for companies with material exposures to segregated fund guarantees, the Appointed Actuary must follow the methodology outlined in the CSOP as well as any updated guidance related to revised valuation calibration criteria as promulgated.

In May 2012, the Canadian Institute of Actuaries issued an Educational Note “Reflection of Hedging in Segregated Fund Valuation”. The note identifies different methodologies to reflect hedging in the valuation as well as unhedged or implicitly modelled risks.

The Appointed Actuary must disclose the following information in Section B.4.5 of the report:

  1. Description of material products for which liabilities are held.
  2. Methodology employed. If stochastic techniques are not used, the reasons should be disclosed along with any plans to adopt such methods.
  3. Description of aggregation methodology including level at which aggregation is set (product, year of issue, business segment, etc.) and rationale for choice.
  4. Description of investment return model and calibration process and resulting parameters.
  5. Description of fund mapping process used to develop valuation cost distributions.
  6. Liability assumptions detailing expected experience and margins for adverse deviations. See (7) for reporting requirements for policyholder behaviour assumptions
  7. Description of the policyholder behaviour assumptions including form of function and sample rates. Policyholder behaviour assumptions include lapse rates, partial lapse rates, fund transfers, future deposits, and utilization rates for products such as GMWB where the policyholder can select payout levels. Key policyholder optionality and the resulting valuation assumptions must be disclosed.
  8. Rationale for choice of all critical assumptions.
  9. Where hedging is employed to manage the risks, a discussion of the methodologies used to include hedge costs. See “Reflection of Hedging in Segregated Fund Valuation” for more detailed reporting requirements. In such situations, the additional capital provision should be determined assuming no hedging unless explicit written approval (subject to strict criteria) is obtained from OSFI. See Table 4.5 below.
  10. Provision for Adverse Deviation (PfAD) included in the financial statements.
  11. Any additional provisions or margins not included in the financial statements.
  12. Level of liabilities held in respect of guarantee costs [i.e. CTE (60), CTE (80) or other]. Any movement in CTE level should be based upon specific criteria similar to changes in other valuation assumptions. The Appointed Actuary should disclose the impact on liabilities and include an explicit statement with respect to the nature, rationale and effect of such changes.
  13. Total liability and required capital.
  14. Whether OSFI has approved an internal model for determination of capital requirements or whether standard factors are used for determining capital.
  15. For each material product, total MER, charge for guarantees, and charges assumed in valuation to fund costs after recovery of deferred acquisition costs (DAC).
  16. Amounts used to fund DAC.
  17. Brief description of controls on model use and the associated development of costs distributions and liability values.
  18. Impact of a 15% or higher equity market correction and the resulting MCCSR ratio. If the MCCSR reduction is significant, the Appointed Actuary should outline potential strategies that may be employed to mitigate the risk. The Appointed Actuary can alternatively disclose the results of the most recent DCAT or alternate scenario provided it captures market downturns of at least 15%. Potential action plans should be disclosed as appropriate.

Reflection of Hedging in Segregated Fund Valuation

For insurers who have included the costs and benefits of any hedge programs in the valuation the following information must be disclosed in the format presented below:

  1. Description of the hedging strategy and rebalancing metrics.
  2. Description of the methodology used to reflect hedging benefits, costs and risks in the valuation and an analysis of why it is a suitable approximation to the actual hedging strategy.
  3. Description of any unhedged risks or limitations of the methodology employed and how the valuation implicitly or explicitly addresses these risks.
  4. Description of hedge effectiveness and how it is measured (provide metrics and formulae) as well as hedge targets against which hedge effectiveness is measured.
  5. Description of any revised or enhanced controls to ensure that the valuation appropriately or prudently reflects the hedging strategy.
  6. Where relevant, how counterparty credit risk is captured in the valuation.
  7. Any planned refinements to either controls or the valuation methodology.

Summary Table 4.5 

Text version

 

Segregated fund products with guarantees should be shown separately from segregated fund products without guarantees.

Policyholder behavior assumptions are critical in the determination of guarantee costs.

OSFI expects the lapse assumption will vary, at a minimum, by payout versus non-payout mode. The assumption should also take into account the degree to which the policies are in the money. The Appointed Actuary should exercise caution in applying a single assumption to non-homogeneous policies.

OSFI strongly encourages the development and use of a dynamic lapse assumption to more accurately reflect policyholder behaviour for products where there is a clear link between behaviour and benefits. The assumed lapses for a given contract would reflect a number of variables including product type, term to maturity, surrender charge period and degree of in-the-moneyness. The formula should produce relatively low or zero lapses in situations where the contract is deep in-the-money and close to maturity. Conversely for business well out-of-the-money, the assumed lapses may be high, reflecting the perceived lack of guarantees by the policyholder.

An example of a dynamic lapse formula can be found in Table 1 of the Chapter 8 (MCCSR). The Appointed Actuary is free to determine a lapse formula appropriate to their block of business taking into account the considerations noted above. All key elements of policyholder behaviour should be modelled for material exposures.

B.4.6 Deferred Acquisition Cost for Segregated Funds

The Appointed Actuary should describe the methodology used to set the amount of the deferred acquisition expenses at policy issue, justify its recoverability and write the initial balance of acquisition expense down to zero over a term established at policy inception. In addition, the Appointed Actuary should describe the DAC recoverability testing employed, the assumptions used, the term of the liabilities, and the criteria (CTE level to which DAC is tested) used to determine whether the DAC needs to be written down.

The Appointed Actuary should disclose the margin (in basis points) allocated to offset the cost of the guarantees and the margin allocated to fund the deferred acquisition cost requirements for the last three years. For insurers employing a whole contract approach, the amounts shown each year should reflect the actual allocations year-by-year.

Table 4.6
Margin Allocated to Fund Guarantees and
Deferred Acquisition Costs (Basis Points)
  2014 2013 2012
Guarantees      
Acquisition Costs      

In any case, if a draw-down of the DAC is deemed appropriate, the Appointed Actuary should disclose the amount of the draw-down and its impact on income. The Appointed Actuary should also discuss whether the methodology (bifurcated or whole contract) used to determine the segregated fund guarantees differs between the total requirements and liability determination.

B.4.7 Guarantees

The Appointed Actuary should disclose any product related guarantees that are not part of the policy contract. This disclosure is required whether or not the Appointed Actuary is holding any liabilities for such guarantees.

B.4.8 Fraternal Funds

The Appointed Actuary for a fraternal society must disclose any surplus or deficit in the fraternal funds of the company.

B.4.9 Surplus

The Appointed Actuary should comment on the quality and composition of the assets allocated to surplus. Table 3.1 must be disclosed for each surplus asset segment.

B.4.10 Bulk Liabilities

The Appointed Actuary must disclose separately and comment on the need for holding any bulk liabilities. Examples of such liabilities that fall into this category include:

  1. manual adjustment reserves that are the result of the absence or the inadequacies, of a valuation system,
  2. a bulk reserve to cover potential data problems,
  3. liabilities held to cover cyclical fluctuations,
  4. a manual adjustment that does not have a natural run-off pattern based on the underlying policies,
  5. manual adjustments used to offset current experience fluctuations, etc.

The above are examples only and should not be considered an exhaustive list. The disclosure should include the reasons for holding these liabilities, the methods and assumptions used to determine the liabilities, and policies for releasing these liabilities in the future. Any changes in how these liabilities are calculated must be disclosed as a basis change.

The disclosure of bulk liabilities must be done at the product level. The Appointed Actuary must provide a summary table listing all the bulk liabilities held in the company.

Table 4.10
Summary of Bulk Liabilities and Provisions ($, 000)
Company / Country / Product Line 2014 2013 2012
       
       
       
       
Total      

The Appointed Actuary is expected to show the type and amounts of any bulk provisions for the last three years. It is OSFI’s expectation that approved policies exist describing the purpose and criteria for building and releasing such provisions. The Appointed Actuary should disclose the purpose, the criteria for building and releasing the provisions and by whom the policies are approved.

B.4.11 Reinsurance

The Appointed Actuary must document the company’s reinsurance ceded policy. This includes retention limits, and any changes in such limits in the last three years. The disclosure should also include any company policies with respect to the maximum exposure allowed to a single reinsurer.

The Appointed Actuary should give a list of all material reinsurance agreements, both assumed and ceded. Detail should include the effective and expected termination dates, the type of reinsurance, a description of the products covered, and the impact on reserves and capital.

Disclosure should include retention limits, any unregistered reinsurance, any reinsurance with associated companies and a brief description of experience (or other) refund mechanisms.

Stop loss and catastrophe arrangements should also be clearly described.

The method of computing gross and net liabilities for significant blocks of business subject to coinsurance, and treatment of expense sharing between the reinsurer and the direct writer should be detailed. For material reinsurance arrangements, a description should be provided for the rationale for the actuarial assumptions that differ between net liabilities for insurance and investment contracts and the related reinsurance assets.

OSFI is concerned about the use of back-to-back reinsurance contracts. Any reinsurance arrangements where a company cedes a block of business to a reinsurer and then accepts the same, or a similar, block of business back on a different basis requires full disclosure in the AAR. No credit can be taken for these arrangements in the capital requirements.

The Appointed Actuary must disclose information of any material financial reinsurance agreements where there is no significant insurance risk transfer between the ceding company and the reinsurer, or where there are other reinsurance agreements or side letters that could offset the financial effect of the first reinsurance agreement. If no such agreements exist, the Appointed Actuary must state that there are no material financial reinsurance agreements. The Appointed Actuary should also describe the process used to reach the above conclusion. Transactions that are in substance a form of financing, or principally involve the transfer of financial risks, should not use insurance contract accounting.

The AAR must list all of the assumption reinsurance deals entered into or exited from during the last 3 years. This information is expected from both the ceding and the assuming companies. This should include the date of the transaction, the line of business involved, the size of the liabilities at the time of the transaction and the name of the company.

The Appointed Actuary should disclose any bulk reinsurance agreements, how the liabilities were determined, and the impact on capital.

The Appointed Actuary should disclose any related party reinsurance. This includes reinsurance to or from a parent company, a subsidiary company or any affiliated company, whether Canadian or foreign. The disclosure should include the parties involved, the type of reinsurance deal, the amount, the issue date and the maturity date.

The Appointed Actuary should disclose whether there are any material risks from possible recapture of existing reinsurance agreements.

The Appointed Actuary should discuss any risk mitigation techniques in place, including but not limited to trust accounts, letters of credit, etc. A list of the reinsurance agreements that incorporate trust accounts or letters of credit should be shown in the AAR.

It should also be noted that for any reinsurance financing arrangement that significantly alters the pattern of liabilities the Appointed Actuary should discuss the extent to which this arrangement involves a complete transfer of risk to the reinsurer. The Appointed Actuary may also be asked to calculate and disclose capital requirements as if the particular arrangement had not been in place.

The Appointed Actuary should disclose any investigation of a reinsurer’s credit risk. Any provisions held for this contingency should be disclosed.

The amounts of reinsurance asset credit taken across all lines of business must be aggregated by reinsurance company. The resulting ten largest reinsurers, based on credit taken in reinsurance assets, ceded outstanding claims and other amounts owed, must be disclosed in the form of a table. The amounts owed should include amounts held as assets. This disclosure is expected to be done by product type. This top-ten list must be assembled by company groups, and not by individual subsidiaries of a reinsurance conglomerate.

The following is a sample of a table showing this disclosure.

Table 4.11
Reinsurance Assets for Insurance Contracts, Investment Contracts and
Other Contract Liabilities
Company Product Type of Reinsurance Type of Credit Taken 2014 2013 2012
Reinsurer XX Individual UL   Liabilities      
Assets owed      
Group Ins.   Liabilities      
Subtotal            
Reinsurer YY            
             
             
             
Total of Top 10            

B.4.12 Currency Exchange Rates

If applicable, the Appointed Actuary should show in tabular form the material currency exchange rates for the last three years.

B.4.13 Inter-Segment Notes

Inter-segment notes are governed by OSFI’s Guideline E-12. When an Inter-Segment Note program is used, OSFI expects that the notes will be formally incorporated into the investment policy framework. The Appointed Actuary should describe the structure of the Note program, the procedures that are used to manage the Notes, and controls in place with respect to such use.

B.4.14 2014 Revisions to CSOP

In May 2014, revisions to the CIA Standards of Practice were made with respect to economic reinvestment assumptions, maximum net credit spread, ultimate reinvestment rates and calibration criteria for stochastic risk-free interest rates (Subsections 2330 to 2340). In light of these revisions, the Appointed Actuary must disclose and discuss the change in CALM methodology and the corresponding impact on the CALM results, including the following details:

  • The asset classes that are defined as non-fixed income assets.
  • The methodology used to derive the discount rate used in calculating the maximum non-fixed income assets at each projection period.
  • Changes in methodology, especially areas where material judgment or discretion may be required for interpretation/implementation of the revisions to CSOP (e.g., approach for defining the asset subgroups for setting the credit spreads, approach for determining the best estimate and PfAD for credit spreads, extrapolation beyond observable yield curve horizon, etc.).
Table 4.14a
Liabilities for Insurance and Investment contracts
Method and Assumption Changes by Year ($, 000) – 2014 Revisions to CSOP
(Net of Reinsurance Asset)
Company/
Country
Asset
Segment
2014
    Description of ChangeTable 4.14a note ** Impact on Liabilities

Parent Co.
- Canada

Seg. #1

PfAD for credit spread (paragraph 2340.10.3 of the CSOP)

 

 

Additional PfADTable 4.14a note * outlined in paragraph 2330.07.01 of the CSOP

 

 

Additional PfAD for the application of the non-fixed income asset limitations (paragraph 2340.14.1 of the CSOP)

 

Seg. #2

PfAD for credit spread (paragraph 2340.10.3 of the CSOP)

 

 

Additional PfADTable 4.14a note * outlined in paragraph 2330.07.01 of the CSOP

 

 

Additional PfAD for the application of the non-fixed income asset limitations (paragraph 2340.14.1 of the CSOP)

 

Seg. #3

 

 

S.F.

 

 

Surplus

 

 

Canada Total

 

 

Parent Co.
-  U.S.

Seg. #4

PfAD for credit spread (paragraph 2340.10.3 of the CSOP)

 

 

Additional PfADTable 4.14a note * outlined in paragraph 2330.07.01 of the CSOP

 

 

Additional PfAD for the application of the non-fixed income asset limitations (paragraph 2340.14.1 of the CSOP)

 

Seg. #5

PfAD for credit spread (paragraph 2340.10.3 of the CSOP)

 

 

Additional PfADTable 4.14a note * outlined in paragraph 2330.07.01 of the CSOP

 

 

Additional PfAD for the application of the non-fixed income asset limitations (paragraph 2340.14.1 of the CSOP)

 

Surplus

 

 

U.S. Total

 

 

Parent Co Total

 

 

 

Subsidiary Comp. #1 

Seg. #6

PfAD for credit spread (paragraph 2340.10.3 of the CSOP)

 

 

 

Additional PfADTable 4.14a note * outlined in paragraph 2330.07.01 of the CSOP

 

 

 

Additional PfAD for the application of the non-fixed income asset limitations (paragraph 2340.14.1 of the CSOP)

 

 

Surplus

 

 

Total Subsid. #  1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return to Table 4.14a note * referrer The Appointed Actuary should disclose additional PfADs resulting from net credit spread after margin exceeding the maximum for any assets within an asset subgroup, as outlined in paragraph 2330.07.01 of the CSOP.

Return to Table 4.14a note ** referrer The Appointed Actuary should disclose how each of the PfADs is included in Summary Table 2.3a of Section B.2.3, and the order in which the PfADs were calculated. 

Table 4.14b
Projected Percentage of Non-fixed Income Assets Relative to Total Asset Value
Asset Segment  Year from Valuation Date Maximum % over the projection years The projection year when the maximum % is reached
Year 0 Year 5 Year 10 Year 20 Year 30 Year 40
     
                 
                 

The above data must be shown for each class of non-fixed income assets (e.g., equity, real estate, timber, etc.) that are material.

B.5 ASSET/LIABILITY MANAGEMENT (ALM)

B.5.1 Overview of the Asset Liability Risk Management Practice

In the reporting for each interest sensitive asset segment, the AAR must include an overview of the asset/liability risk management practice for that segment. This should include the specific operating guidelines and processes in place by asset segment to manage interest rate risk such as the mismatching tolerance limit, asset mix guideline, key metrics used to measure asset liability mismatch position, etc. Any major changes during the year in the ALM and Investment strategies and Guidelines should be disclosed. The Appointed Actuary should provide charts/narratives to show and explain the asset and liability mismatch position as of the current year-end.

The Appointed Actuary should discuss how the ALM environment is reflected in the setting of the assumptions for insurance contract liabilities.

The Appointed Actuary should detail all considerations regarding guarantees in the various products and the resultant interest sensitivity of the liability cash flows. The Appointed Actuary should report on the interest rate sensitivity of the liabilities using the appropriate durations.

B.5.2 Immunization

The AAR must include a discussion on the operating process used to manage, monitor and measure interest rate risk, including:

  • The type of immunization desired:
    • dollar amount of surplus or income;
    • surplus ratio;
    • dollar amount of capital or capital ratio; and
    • quantities measured on economic (define what is meant by "economic") or accounting basis.
  • The immunization strategy(ies), risk metrics and associated exposure limits used to measure and manage interest rate risk. Strategies could include (but are not limited to):
    • cash flow matching;
    • average Macaulay or modified duration matching;
    • key rate duration matching;
    • convexity matching;
    • value at risk or CTE measures ;
    • maximum term (if any) of liability cash flow for fixed income immunization against interest rate risk;
    • how the max term for fixed income immunization changes over time; and
    • strategies for investments supporting liability cash flows after the maximum term, including discussion of the investment in non-fixed income.

B.5.3 Investment Guidelines

The AAR must include a discussion on the investment guidelines used to manage, monitor and measure interest rate risk and non-fixed income risk, including:

  1. The frequency of asset trading. Details on how these practices impact the valuation should be provided.
  2. The frequency of rebalancing to meet the ALM objective.
  3. The use of any derivative instruments, short term securities or receivables, equities or real estate in the matching process.
  4. The breakdown of assets used to back each business segment and surplus. Provide details on the composition of the non-fixed income instruments used.
  5. Details on the characteristics of the assets that impact the interest sensitivity of the asset cash flows should be described. (See section 3.2.6 for more detailed reporting requirements.)
  6. Details on hedging strategies used to manage the ALM risks.

B.5.4 Risk Metrics

The AAR must include a discussion on the risk metrics used to manage, monitor and measure interest rate risk and non-fixed income risk, including:

  • The Appointed Actuary must disclose the assumptions and methods used to calculate the risk metrics for interest rate risk, asset and liability cash flows and the allowance for expenses and credit losses;
    • method of including short term securities, receivables, derivatives, equities, real estate or other non-fixed income assets;
    • If non-fixed income assets are used to support non participating, non indexed liabilities, state the method by which these liabilities are measured for ALM purposes;
    • interest rates used for discounting cash flows; (e.g. zero coupon rates, forward yield curve, bond equivalent yields, government rates, corporate rates, swap rates, etc.);
    • the ultimate interest rate assumption used for discounting cash flows beyond the maximum term of marketable bonds or swaps and disclose the maximum term;
    • high level description of assumptions and methods underlying the Economic Scenario Generator (if applicable);
    • disclose if market values or statement values are used as weights to determine risk metrics totals;
    • is the same calculation used for both assets and liabilities, or if not, provide justification;
    • disclose how embedded options are reflected; and
    • frequency of measurement and reporting.
  • Where the interest rate risk exposure is determined across asset and liability segments (e.g., natural offsets across asset and liability segments are reflected), the methodology and assumptions used should be described. Any related credit taken by aggregating separately produced CALM results should be disclosed.

B.6 SOURCES OF EARNINGS

Appointed Actuaries of Canadian life insurance companies Footnote 1 are required to include in their annual reports to OSFI an analysis of the company’s earnings by source in the format described by the table below. Appointed Actuaries should refer to OSFI’s Guideline D-9, “Source of Earnings Disclosure (Life Insurance Companies)”, CIA Educational Note: “Sources of Earnings: Determination and Disclosure” and the CIA Educational Note: “Sources of Earnings Calculations – Group Life and Health” for consistent interpretation of terminology.

An analysis (or copy of the table) should be provided for the total company and for each of its principal business units. OSFI Guideline D-9 provides guidance on the level of reporting as follows:

“While IFRS 8 only applies to certain entities, OSFI expects, at a minimum, the SOE analysis to be disclosed at the same level as that required in respect of the segmented information reported in the notes under IFRS 8, whether or not the company is required to apply IFRS 8 for financial reporting purposes.

OSFI encourages companies to exercise the option of disclosing SOE information at a more detailed level of segmentation if this would give more meaningful information to the company’s stakeholders, or if a more detailed level is consistent with other disclosure in the public financial statements. For instance, if a more detailed level of disclosure of financial information is used in the MD&A to explain the company’s operations, the company should consider disclosing the SOE on a consistent basis.”

Table 6.1
Sources of Earnings Analysis
(C$ millions
)
  2014 2013 2012
Expected Profit on Inforce Business      
Impact of New Business      
Experience Gains & Losses: Mortality/Morbidity      
Expense      
Lapse      
Seg. Fund Guarantees      
Currency      
Investment      
Other      
Management Actions and Changes in Assumptions      
Other      
Earnings on Operations (pre-tax)      
Earnings on Surplus      
Net Income before Tax      
Taxes      
Net Income after Tax      

OSFI Guideline D-9 does not require the level of detail for “Experience Gains & Losses” as shown above. Where this breakdown already exists, the Appointed Actuary is expected to disclose it in the above table in the AAR.

B.7. REPORT ON PARTICIPATING POLICIES

B.7.1 Participating Account and Sub-Account Disclosure

While companies typically disclose only one participating account, in some cases a company may also have participating sub-accounts. A sub-account may arise for the following reasons:

  1. Sub-accounts required by a demutualization. The closed fund, open fund and ancillary fund are such sub-accounts;
  2. Sub-accounts required as part of a past agreement to take over / acquire / merge a block of business from another company; and
  3. Sub-accounts that the company is internally tracking in its accounting and/or experience for use in setting dividends.

The following details are to be disclosed in the AAR for the total participating account and for each sub-account that may exist:

Table 7
Participating Sub-Accounts ($,000)
  Sub-Account Name Total Par Account Sub-Account 1 Sub-Account 2
i. Sub-account surplus, start of year      
ii. Currency adjustment      
iii. Sub-account net income      
iv. Transfers from sub-account surplus to shareholder account per Section 462(a) of the ICA(Table 7 note *)      
v. Other transfers to/from sub-account surplus(Table 7 note **)      
vi. Sub-account surplus, end of year(Table 7 note ***)      
         
vii. Total sub-account (Liabilities and Surplus), start of year      
viii. Total sub-account (Liabilities and Surplus), end of year      
ix.

Policyholder dividends (excluding experience rating refunds)

  • Gross
  • Assumed
  • Ceded
  • Net
     
x. Transfers from sub-account surplus to shareholder account per Section 462(a) of the ICA, if included in Net Income(Table 7 note *)      
xi. Calculation of Section 462(a) transfers to demonstrate compliance with Section 461 of the ICA.      

Return to Table 7 note (*) referrer Some companies include the Section 462(a) transfer in Net Income while other companies show them as a transfer from par account surplus.

Return to Table 7 note (**) referrer The cause of any such other transfers is to be disclosed in detail.

Return to Table 7 note (***) referrer The surplus of the total par account must reconcile to the amount in the Annual Returns LIFE-1 Page 20.040 Line 199 for the Canadian Life Insurance Companies.

In addition, the Appointed Actuary should provide a brief description of the nature of the business in each sub-account, and the method used to allocate investment income, expenses and taxes to each of the sub-account(s).

The Appointed Actuary is expected to include in the AAR the dividend policy that is publicly disclosed to participating policyholders. The Appointed Actuary is to disclose where this public disclosure is made.

B.7.2 Participating Closed Blocks

This section of the Memorandum applies only to former Canadian mutual companies that have demutualized.

B.7.2.1 Reporting

When a company has established participating closed blocks per the OSFI document entitled “Par Account Restructuring of Canadian Demutualizations”, an annual report is required from the Appointed Actuary listing the following:

  • A financial analysis of the experience in each of the participating accounts over the past twelve months;
  • The current and projected excess or deficit positions (i.e. the amount by which the value of the assets backing the policies in a closed block exceeds the amount of the policy liabilities as determined under generally accepted actuarial practice, based on the current dividend scale approved by the Board) in the closed par blocks;
  • A projection of the gain/loss position of the closed component;
  • The identification of accumulated gains or losses in dividend stabilization reserves (DSR) (if applicable);
  • The dividend recommendation (or most recent dividend recommendation);
  • A description of other factors influencing the dividend recommendation, e.g., competitors’ actions; and
  • Disclosure of closed Par block PfADs. If any changes occur in the reserve basis for the PfAD, a justification for those changes should be included.
B.7.2.2 Ongoing Opinions

The Appointed Actuary will be required to give opinions on an annual basis in response to the following questions:

  • Are the participating accounts being maintained in accordance with any commitments made at the time of demutualization, including the Conversion Proposal, the Operating Rules and any related reports?
  • Are the assets in the Closed Block sufficient to provide for the contractual benefits, plus reasonable policyholder expectations of non-guaranteed elements? Are dividends being managed in a way that neither a material surplus (tontine) nor deficit situation develops?
  • Is the dividend recommendation in compliance with the dividend policy (or policies) of the company?
  • Are allocations of investment income, expenses, etc. between the account fair and equitable? Are the allocations being determined on the basis outlined in the Operating Rules?
  • Is the asset mix consistent with the prior period and with the Closed Block investment policy?
B.7.2.3 AAR Reporting

It is recognized that all of the data required to be reported in section B.7.2.1 above may be difficult to obtain within the deadlines required for reporting the AAR. However, the AAR must include at a minimum the reporting disclosure items (i), (iv) and (vii) in table 7.

The other reporting disclosure items and the ongoing opinions must be filed with OSFI no later than six months after the end of the fiscal year.

B.8. ADDITIONAL REPORTING FOR MCCSR and TAAM

In recent years, the MCCSR Guideline has been refined, so that in some cases actuarial judgment is required. A separate disclosure, regarding these cases, is required by OSFI Guideline E-15 “Appointed Actuary: Legal Requirements, Qualifications and Peer Review.” This disclosure is not part of the AAR.

B.9. REVIEW PROCEDURES

B.9.1 OSFI’s Review Procedures

The Superintendent recognizes the confidential nature of the contents of the AAR.

Reviews of the filed Annual Returns may disclose that an Appointed Actuary’s valuation warrants further assessment and questioning. The Superintendent may reject methods and assumptions where it appears that the policy liabilities produced are inappropriate.

The review of an AAR may take place over an extended period after filing, and OSFI may notify the Appointed Actuary that supplemental detail is required to sufficiently assess the methods and assumptions. The Appointed Actuary is expected to respond promptly to all supplemental requests.

Working papers required to support the computation of the insurance contract, investment contract, and other contract liability amounts reported in the Annual Return and the AAR must be available with the Appointed Actuary at all times and must be made available to OSFI upon request.

Should the questioning of particular methods or assumptions not sufficiently demonstrate the appropriateness of the contract liabilities produced, the Superintendent will require the Appointed Actuary to choose other acceptable methods or assumptions, and to re-compute the contract liabilities. In such a situation, the Appointed Actuary will have to refile the AAR. The Superintendent may cause the company to amend the Annual Return. Alternatively, the Superintendent may ask the company to reflect the changes in the Annual Return for the following year. The Superintendent may request an Independent Actuary’s Report, if deemed necessary.

B.9.2 Peer Review of the Work of the Appointed Actuary

OSFI requires the work of the Appointed Actuary to be reviewed. The criteria and requirements are set out in OSFI’s Guideline E-15 “Appointed Actuary: Legal Requirements, Qualifications and Peer Review”. The Guideline, which includes peer review requirements, was updated in 2012.

Instructions for filing Peer Reviews with OSFI are shown earlier in the memorandum in Section A.5.

For each Peer Review report filed in the last three years, the AAR must provide the following information in the order shown:

  1. Who was the reviewer;
  2. Work reviewed;
  3. Accounting period for work reviewed;
  4. Peer Review date signed;
  5. Date submitted to Audit Committee or Chief Agent;
  6. Date submitted to OSFI;
  7. Whether the report was issued before or after the audit opinion was released;
  8. Findings or recommendations;
  9. Status of findings and recommendations;
  10. Year of next review, including the plan and the name of the next reviewer.

The Appointed Actuary should disclose if no peer reviews were completed in the last three years and the reasons why. Note that such circumstances would be rare and require OSFI pre-approval.

B.10. REPORTING ON OTHER REQUIREMENTS OF THE APPOINTED ACTUARY

B.10.1 Dynamic Capital Adequacy Testing (DCAT)

The AAR should not include the DCAT report, since the full report must be filed with OSFI after it is prepared. The AAR must disclose the following information with respect to the DCAT reporting in the last three years:

  • Date on which the DCAT reports were signed by the Appointed Actuary.
  • Date on which the DCAT reports were presented.
  • To whom the DCAT reports were presented (e.g., full board, audit committee, chief agent).
  • Did the Appointed Actuary present the reports in person or only in written form.
  • Date used as the start of the projection period in the DCAT report.

Instructions for filing DCATs with OSFI are shown earlier in the memorandum in Section A.5.

B.10.2 New Appointment

OSFI expects Appointed Actuaries to comply with the qualification requirements contained in OSFI Guideline E-15. Any deviations from these qualifications must be explicitly disclosed in the AAR, including future steps to be taken to meet the qualification requirements.

If the Appointed Actuary was appointed to the role during the last year, the following disclosures must be made in the AAR:

  • Date of appointment by the board.
  • Date of resignation of previous Appointed Actuary.
  • Date on which OSFI was notified of the appointment.
  • Confirm communication with previous Appointed Actuary, as required by the ICA section 364(1).
  • List of the Appointed Actuary’s qualifications, keeping in mind, but not limited to, the CIA’s Rules of Professional Conduct. The qualifications listed in Section 2 of OSFI’s Guideline E-15 should be referenced.

B.10.3 Annual Required Reporting to the Board or Audit Committee

For a Canadian company, the AAR must disclose the date on which the Appointed Actuary met with the board or the audit committee of the board as required by the ICA, section 203(3)(f).

For a foreign company, the AAR must disclose the date on which the Appointed Actuary met with the chief agent, as required by the ICA, section 630.

For participating account management, the Appointed Actuary must disclose the following in the AAR:

  • The written opinion of the Appointed Actuary on the allocations of investment income, capital gains and expenses and whether they are fair and equitable, as required by the ICA sections 457 and 458.
  • Date on which the Appointed Actuary reported on this to the directors, as required by the ICA section 460.
  • The opinion of the Appointed Actuary that any transfers from the participating funds to the shareholders does not materially affect the company’s ability to continue to comply with its dividend or bonus policy or to maintain the levels or rates of dividends or bonuses paid to the company’s participating policyholders, as required by the ICA section 461(c).
  • The report of the Appointed Actuary to the board opining on whether the dividends declared are in accordance with the company’s dividend policy, as required by the ICA section 464(2).

B.10.4 Continuing Professional Development Requirements

The Appointed Actuary must disclose in the AAR that he/she is in compliance with the Continuing Professional Development requirements of the CIA.

B.10.5 Disclosure of Compensation

The Appointed Actuary should make a disclosure of compensation in the AAR. The form of the opinion should be as follows:

Disclosure of Compensation

I attest that all my direct and indirect compensation is derived using the following methodology:
Line to fill out__________________________________________________________
Line to fill out__________________________________________________________
Line to fill out __________________________________________________________
Line to fill out__________________________________________________________

I confirm that I have performed my duties without regard to any personal considerations or to any influence, interest or relationship in respect of the affairs of my client or employer that might impair my professional judgment or objectivity.

I confirm that my ability to act fairly is unimpaired and that there has been full disclosure of the methodology used to derive my compensation to all known direct users of my services.

If the Appointed Actuary is a participant in a bonus plan or a stock option plan that is based on company performance and which is in addition to a base salary, the value, as a percentage, of the bonus plan or stock option plan to the base salary must be disclosed. The basis used to determine the amount of the bonus or stock options granted must be disclosed.

B.10.6 Reporting Relationships of the Appointed Actuary

The Appointed Actuary Report is expected to disclose the reporting relationships and dependencies of the Appointed Actuary.

For Appointed Actuaries who are employees of the company, the AAR should disclose the name and position of the person (or persons) to whom the Appointed Actuary reports as well as any changes in this regard over the past year. Both solid line and dotted line reporting relationships should be disclosed. Any anticipated change should also be disclosed.

When the Appointed Actuary is not an employee of the company, the AAR should disclose the names and positions of the main contacts within the company with respect to the different functions of the Appointed Actuary, such as the valuation, DCAT, and MCCSR. For example, disclosure should include the name and position of:

  • the person who has hired the Appointed Actuary; and
  • the company employees with whom the Appointed Actuary discusses findings and reports.

Footnotes

Footnote 1

The Sources of Earnings disclosure does not apply to Canadian incorporated fraternal benefit societies or property and casualty companies, or to Canadian branches of foreign life insurance companies, fraternal benefit societies, or property and casualty companies. However, OSFI may request these companies to disclose the sources of earnings information on a case-by-case basis.

Return to footnote 1 referrer

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