Profit participation debate heats up

Germany's Federal government and insurance industry are at odds over a reform of insurance contract law that could have profound implications for the country's with-profits savings sector, one of the largest in Europe. The debate has highlighted the regulatory confusion that can arise in book value accounting frameworks amid the growing demand for consumer transparency.

The proposed law was prompted by a ruling handed down by Germany's Federal supreme court in July 2005, that criticised parts of

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