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KPMG's Insurance Group – Recent Publications – April 2012 

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IFRS - Insurance Newsletter - Issue 24
This edition of IFRS – Insurance Newsletter highlights the results of the IASB and FASB discussions in March 2012 on the joint insurance contracts project. In addition it provides the current status of the project and anticipated timeline for completion.

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Securing a bright future – China's insurance sector and the evolution of bancassurance
There are few insurance markets in the world currently experiencing the pace of change, competitive tensions, intensity of regulatory oversight and future growth potential as China's insurance market. In this market, the bancassurance channel is becoming increasingly important. This report looks at the market from a number of perspectives.

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Investor Assurance: The Road to Transparency
As a supplement to the Frontiers in Finance series, this publication outlines the results of KPMG's recent investor reporting survey. It covers some of the standards currently available, how investors feel about governance, performance, and risk management, as well as a few tips on how to keep investors happy.

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Insurance Finance Transformation: The business case for change
This UK report provides an understanding on why now is the time for finance to make their business case for change: to address the challenges they face with new reporting requirements, complex and burdening systems architecture and inefficient processes.

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The Last Mile of Finance – Building Transformation Momentum with Technology
This publication describes how technology can be used to simplify the Last Mile. Further, it sheds light on the three stages of the transformation process and certain key steps that should be taken to make the process sustainable.

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Competitive Alternatives 2012
Competitive Alternatives is KPMG's guide to comparing international business locations in mature and high growth markets. The 2012 study is the most thorough comparison of international business locations ever undertaken by KPMG, and contains valuable information for any company locating international business operations.

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First Impressions – Offsetting financial assets and financial liabilities
This edition of First Impressions considers the requirements in offsetting financial assets and financial liabilities, amendments to IAS 32 and disclosures, offsetting financial assets and financial liabilities, and amendments to IFRS 7.

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Data Analytics and Continuous Auditing
This paper explores common scenarios and applications that describe how leading organizations and IA departments are using continuous auditing techniques and leveraging data analytics to achieve audit objectives.

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The Social Banker – Social media lessons from banking insiders
Based on a series of exclusive articles and insights from both retail banking executives and KPMG professionals, this report explores a range of complex challenges facing banking leaders such as the management of risk, the need to integrate IT, the creation of a social culture, the engagement of executives and their boards, the demands of data, the challenge of compliance and the drive to create a single view of the banking customer.  While framed in the context of banking, these issues also face the Insurance industry.

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The Bank Statement – Issue 5
The Bank Statement is KPMG's IFRS Banking Newsletter produced by the International Standards Group and IFRS banking professionals around the KPMG network. We have included this in the Insurance alert as this edition covers recovery and resolution plans, IASB's first quarter activities, including the continued development of the macro hedging and financial asset impairment models, along with the limited re-opening of the IFRS 9 classification and measurement mode, all of which will apply to this industry as well.

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Identifying the Need for Cost Transformation
This publication sheds light on the benefits of cost transformation and how companies can align cost transformation with their overall strategy. In addition, it highlights a four phased approach that can be used to achieve the cost transformation objective.

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A Disputed Proposal - An Overview of the financial industry's response to the Volcker Rule
In this report, KPMG provides a synopsis of some of the key issues and themes that have emerged following a detailed examination of the formal responses from a wide range of investment banks, industry associations and other influential players.

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