7 Glossary and List of Abbreviations
Annual Premium Equivalent (APE) — Volume measure for new business. Sum of regular premiums from new business +10% of single premiums on business written during the period.
AVERAGE ANNUAL PREMIUM MULTIPLIER — The average annual premium multiplier is determined as the difference between PVNBP and the new business single premiums, divided by new business annual premiums.
Best estimate assumptions — A best estimate assumption should equal the mean estimate (probability weighted average) of outcomes of that risk variable.
Certainty equivalent scenario — Economic scenario under which asset returns are equal to the reference rates.
Certainty equivalent value (CEV) — Certainty equivalent value is defined as the present value of the future shareholders’ statutory profits (net of tax) under the certainty equivalent scenario.
CFO Forum — The CFO Forum is a high-level discussion group formed and attended by the Chief Financial Officers of major European listed, and some non-listed, insurance companies. Its aim is to discuss issues relating to proposed new accounting regulations for their businesses and how they can create greater transparency for investors. It published the MCEV Principles together with a detailed Basis for Conclusions on 4 June 2008 and an amendment in October 2009.
Cost of credit risk — The cost of credit risk accounts for the credit risk of investments in bonds that would otherwise have been unaccounted for in other MCEV components.
Cost of residual non-hedgeable risks (CNHR) — The cost of residual non-hedgeable risks accounts for risk factors such as mortality, morbidity, expenses and lapse rates.
Covered business — Covered business includes all of Swiss Life’s major life, health and pension business as well as assumed external reinsurance. In the case of France, all business operations are included in the covered business.
Free surplus (FS) — The free surplus is the market value of any assets allocated to, but not required to support, the in-force covered business at the valuation date.
FRICTIONAL COSTs OF REQUIRED CAPITAL (FC) — The additional investment and taxation cost incurred by shareholders through investing required capital in the company compared to direct investment as individuals.
Group MCEV — The Group MCEV for Swiss Life comprises MCEV results for covered business and IFRS net asset values for non-covered business of the Swiss Life Group (as explained above under point 4.7).
IFRS — International Financial Reporting Standards
“Legal quote” — Statutory minimum policyholder participation ratio
LIQUIDITY PREMIUM — As stipulated in the MCEV Principles, liquidity premiums are included in swap yield curves in cases where liabilities are not liquid.
Look-through principle — Method by which profits or losses from service companies within the Swiss Life Group, which are directly related to managing the covered business, are included in the MCEV and in the value of new business.
Market consistent embedded value (MCEV) — Market consistent embedded value is a measure of the consolidated value of shareholders’ interests in the in-force covered business of the Swiss Life Group.
Net asset value (NAV) — The net asset value is the market value of assets attributed to the covered business over and above that required to back liabilities for covered business.
New business margin — The value of new business divided by the present value of new business premiums (PVNBP) or divided by the annual premium equivalent (APE), respectively.
Non-covered business — All businesses of the Swiss Life Group which are not accounted for under covered business, such as investment management and AWD, are included in the non-covered business of the Group MCEV by means of their IFRS net asset values.
Non-traditional business — Unit-linked-type contracts, with or without additional financial guarantees and policyholder options.
OPERATING MCEV EARNINGS — Change in MCEV and in Group MCEV in the reporting period after initial and closing adjustments, economic variances and other non-operating variances, as well as other movements in IFRS net equity.
Present value of new business premiums (PVNBP) — Volume measure for new business. It represents the present value of premiums from new business. It is the sum of single premiums and the present value of periodic premiums from new business.
QIS 5 — EIOPA’s fifth quantitative impact study for Solvency II.
Reference rate — The reference rates used for the calculation of the MCEV are based on the swap rates at the valuation date.
Required capital (RC) — The required capital is the market value of assets, attributed to the covered business over and above that required to back liabilities for covered business, whose distribution to shareholders is restricted based on statutory solvency.
Time value of financial options and guarantees (TVOG) — The TVOG represents the additional market price of those financial options and guarantees in excess of the intrinsic value of options and guarantees which is already allowed for in the certainty equivalent value.
TOTAL MCEV EARNINGS — Change in MCEV and in Group MCEV in the reporting period after initial and closing adjustments and other movements in IFRS net equity.
Value of in-force business (VIF) — The value of in-force business represents the net present value of future profits emerging from operations and assets backing liabilities, after accounting for TVOG, CNHR and FC.
Value of New Business (VNB) — The value of new business reflects the additional value to shareholders created by writing new business during the reporting period.
Variable annuities — Unit-linked contracts with additional guarantees and policyholder options.