As of 1 January 2007 Austrian Corporation Code (Unternehmensgesetzbuch)


Underwriters are responsible for evaluating risks in the insurance industry, and have the authority to underwrite risks. An underwriter estimates the probability and size of a loss as precisely as possible, calculates insurance premiums and establishes policy terms.

Underwriting provisions

These consist of the provision for outstanding claims, actuarial reserve, unearned premiums, provisions for profitdependent and profit-independent premium refunds, the equalisation provision, and other underwriting reserves.

Unit-linked and index-linked life insurance

Insurance policies where the capital investment is made at the policy-holder's risk. The investments in this area are valued at fair value, with the underwriting reserves shown at the value of the capital assets.