Implications of IFRS for the European Insurance Industry—Insights from Capital Market Theory

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Thomas Post

Maastricht University - School of Business and Economics - Department of Finance; Netspar

Helmut Gründl

Goethe University Frankfurt - Department of Finance; International Center for Insurance Regulation

Lisa Schmidl

Humboldt University of Berlin - School of Business and Economics

Mark S. Dorfman

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte

Date Written: Fall 2007

Abstract

The European insurance industry is currently undergoing a substantial change in financial reporting requirements. Beginning in 2005, compliance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) has been required in the European Union. Substantial sections of the IFRS—leading to a market‐oriented valuation of insurance contracts—are still under construction and will be introduced in the next few years. To date, assessment of the potential impact of the new IFRS accounting and reporting system is largely found in trade literature, and in insurance industry business leader and expert commentator statements. The tenor of opinion is that the IFRS will create a serious challenge for the European insurance industry. To evaluate the impact of IFRS more scientifically, this article applies—where indicated—capital market theory and the concept of information efficiency. The article suggests that concerns about the effects of IFRS are exaggerated, and reveals that the main area of IFRS impact on the European insurance industry is likely to be on insurance product design.

Suggested Citation

Post, Thomas and Gründl, Helmut and Schmidl, Lisa and Dorfman, Mark S., Implications of IFRS for the European Insurance Industry—Insights from Capital Market Theory (Fall 2007). Risk Management and Insurance Review, Vol. 10, Issue 2, pp. 247-265, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2036119 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-6296.2007.00117.x

Thomas Post

Maastricht University - School of Business and Economics - Department of Finance ( email )

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Helmut Gründl

Goethe University Frankfurt - Department of Finance ( email )

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Frankfurt am Main, Hessen 60323
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.wiwi.uni-frankfurt.de/en/departments/finance/home.html

International Center for Insurance Regulation ( email )

House of Finance
Campus Westend, Goethe University
Frankfurt am Main, D-60323
Germany

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Lisa Schmidl

Humboldt University of Berlin - School of Business and Economics ( email )

Spandauer Str. 1
Berlin, D-10099
Germany

Mark S. Dorfman

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte ( email )

9201 University City Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28223
United States

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