1.1 The background to the production of this paper is somewhat involved, but is necessary for an understanding of why it contains what it does. Readers who are familiar with recent developments in the valuation field may proceed straight to Section 2.
1.2 Statutory valuations of long-term insurance business under the Insurance Companies Act 1982 (‘the Act’, which superseded the 1974 and 1981 Acts) and the Insurance Companies Regulations 1981 (‘the current Regulations’) have now been prepared by actuaries for some years. Similarly the guidance issued by the profession to Appointed Actuaries, specifically GN1 and GN8, has also remained substantially unchanged over that period. The time was opportune for valuation practice to be reviewed in the light of recent experience.