An Alternative Option-Based Approach to Calculating MRBsAn Alternative Option-Based Approach to Calculating MRBs ASU 2018-12 introduced a new concept called “market risk benefits” (MRBs). MRBs are a new accounting classification for benefits within ...
Description: ASU 2018-12 introduced a new concept called “market risk benefits” (MRBs). MRBs are a new accounting classification for benefits within deposit contracts, offering protection from “other than nominal market risk.” This applies to products with account values, including variable and indexed annuities with guaranteed living or death benefits attached (aka GMxBs). ASU 2018-12 Section 944-40-30-19D mentions both a non-option and an option-based valuation approach to account for MRBs. This article considers the option-based approach. The purpose is to highlight weaknesses in the current application of the option approach to MRBs, propose an alternative method, and consider the benefits of the new approach. The intent of this article is to persuade practictioners / actuaries / accountants that this is a better approach for applying the fair value option method to market risk benefits.Hide
- Authors: John Adduci
- Date: Dec 2019
- Competency: External Forces & Industry Knowledge; Technical Skills & Analytical Problem Solving
- Publication Name: The Financial Reporter
- Topics: Annuities; Annuities>Equity-indexed annuities; Annuities>Fixed annuities; Annuities>Guaranteed living benefits; Annuities>Reserves - Annuities; Annuities>Variable annuities; Financial Reporting & Accounting>Generally Accepted Accounting Principles [GAAP]; Annuities>Living / Death benefit riders