What's the issue?
Under a financial guarantee contract, the issuer is required to reimburse a loss incurred by the holder. A common example of a financial guarantee contract is a parent company providing a guarantee over its subsidiary's borrowings.
Because these contracts transfer significant insurance risk, they typically meet the definition of an insurance contract.
With the replacement of IFRS 4 Insurance Contracts by IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts, the accounting for these contracts may change significantly. Companies now need to apply either IFRS 17 or IFRS 9 Financial Instruments to these contracts.
Companies need to assess now whether to apply IFRS 17 or IFRS 9 to financial guarantee contracts they have issued.
Read our talkbook (PDF 560 KB) to help with this assessment, in which we share our insight and practical guidance, including a worked example of accounting for a financial guarantee contract under both IFRS 17 and IFRS 9.
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