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LOMA 361 — Accounting and Financial Reporting in Life Insurance Companies

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Course Type: Course Portal, Designation, eBook (English only)
Topics: Compliance & Legal, Finance & Accounting, Life Insurance, Management & Leadership, Operations & Administration
Designations: ARA, FLMI
Language: Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), English, French


LOMA 361 provides a broad exposure to financial and managerial accounting in life insurance companies, including the corporate and regulatory environment in which accounting functions occur.


  • Introduction to Accounting and Financial Reporting
  • The Accounting Function
  • Accounting Principles and Concepts
  • Financial Statements and Reports
  • Asset Valuation and Accounting for Invested Assets
  • Accounting for Other Assets
  • Accounting for Contractual Reserves
  • Accounting for Other Liabilities
  • Accounting for Capital and Surplus
  • Accounting for Revenues and Expenses
  • Interpreting Financial Ratios
  • Responsibility Accounting
  • Cost Accounting
  • Financial Analysis
  • Budgeting
  • Internal Control and Auditing
  • Distinguish between generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and statutory accounting principles (SAP) and describe important reports prepared using GAAP and SAP, such as the Annual Report and the Annual Statement
  • Describe the components and purposes of an insurer’s key financial statements—the balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement, and statement of owners’ equity—and explain the relationships among these financial statements
  • Define the five major account classifications—assets, liabilities, owners’ equity, revenues, and expense—and identify examples of each type of account classification for life insurers
  • Describe the different types of financial ratios used by life insurers and evaluate the financial ratio results for a life insurer over time and in comparison to the results other companies
  • Explain and apply the tools of management accounting: responsibility accounting, cost accounting, financial analysis, and budgeting
  • Describe the principles of an effective system of internal controls and explain the importance of audits for life insurers

Course Format

Course Portals include the following elements:

  • All the assigned study materials needed for the course
  • Interactive Practice Questions and Sample Exams
  • Recommended study plans to help you set goals and manage your study schedule
  • Additional media and features to help in the study and review process

Exam Format

Study materials for this course are delivered via the online Course Portal, and enrollment in the Course Portal also includes enrollment in one of the exam options for the course:

  • Timed, self-proctored end-of-module exams available through the Course Portal. Learners complete a short online exam at the end of each course module. The total number of questions across all end-of-module exams is 60.
  • Proctored end-of-course I*STAR exam. The time limit for the proctored exam is 2 hours and the exam includes 60 questions. Proctored examinations can take one of two forms:
    • Computerized / I*STAR exams at a LOMA member organization
    • Computerized / I*STAR exams at Prometric Testing Centers (available in the United States and Canada only)

The course content is the same regardless of the testing option chosen.

Study Materials

Accounting and Financial Reporting in Life Insurance Companies, Second Edition © 2019
ISBN: 978-1-57974-463-2

LOMA’s e-books include text-based content with interactive and multi-media features. Practice and review questions, videos, and other interactive features are integrated in the e-book content. This creates a more dynamic, engaging way to learn important topics.

The content downloaded to the e-reader will be available indefinitely. Features that are accessible only through the course portal (sample exam, end-of-module exams, etc.) will no longer be available after the 6-month enrollment period.

How to Enroll

Enrolling in a Course with Proctored and Self-Proctored Exam Options

  1. Log in to your LOMA Learning account using your login ID and password.
  2. Browse the Learning Catalog for the course for which you would like to enroll.
  3. At the bottom of the course description page, choose Exam Type — you must choose between
    • self-proctored, end-of-module exams
    • a proctored, end-of-course I*STAR exam
    Download the "What Exam Format Should I Choose?" flowchart
  4. Select ADD TO CART next to the items for which you would like to enroll.
  5. If you choose the proctored exam option, you must also select your exam site.
    • Select Exam Site — your company’s primary exam site (if applicable) will appear on the screen. To see other available exam sites, click “Search.”
    • Note for Independent Students: Click “Include 3rd party exam sites” to find open exam sites offered by other companies. More information on Independent Student enrollment.
    When you have selected an exam site, click “Save.”
  6. Return to the catalog to continue searching for courses and add additional items to your shopping cart, or click the shopping cart to check out.
    • If you have not already done so, you will be prompted to log in to the LOMA learning system at this time. Once you have successfully logged in, click the shopping cart again to begin the checkout process.
  7. Review your shopping cart. Click CHECK OUT to proceed.
  8. Enter payment information
    • If your company has set up direct billing with LOMA, an account code will appear next to the “Bill My Company” field.
    • If you are using direct-to-company billing method, ensure that the radio button next to the “Bill My Company” field is selected and then click “Next” to continue.
    • If you are paying for your enrollment by credit card, enter all of the required fields for a credit card transaction. Once you have provided all of the required information, click “Next” to continue.
  9. Review your order, accept LOMA’s Terms and Conditions, and click BUY NOW. An enrollment confirmation will be emailed to you.
What happens if learners make a mistake and choose the wrong testing option?

If, during the enrollment process, you select a testing option by mistake, you must contact LOMA within 72 hours of your enrollment to have the error corrected at no charge.