As the holidays approach, JLK Rosenberger is taking a new perspective on a holiday classic – the Twelve Days of Christmas. Rather than filling your head with turtle doves and gold rings, we are going to instead focus on the latest changes to SSAP and how they will impact your insurance company in 2018 and beyond.
On the third day of SSAP JLK Rosenberger told to me – Changes to bond ETFs.
SSAP No. 26R, Bonds, was revised to incorporate bond exchange traded funds. Effective December 31, 2017, each insurance company must make a one-time election to choose to record bond ETFs at fair value or use systematic value. If fair value is elected, the investments will be recorded at market value immediately. If systematic value is elected, insurers will use their existing method for 2017 and use the systematic calculation beginning in 2018. Bond ETFs will be reported on Schedule D – Part 1 using a code to indicate the elected valuation method.