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This excerpt taken from the GNW 10-Q filed Oct 27, 2005.

(2) Recent Accounting Pronouncements


In September 2005, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants issued Statement of Position (SOP) 05-1, Accounting by Insurance Enterprises for Deferred Acquisition Costs in Connection With Modifications or Exchanges of Insurance Contracts. This statement provides guidance on accounting for deferred acquisition costs on an internal replacement, defined broadly as a modification in product benefits, features, rights, or coverages that occurs by the exchange of an existing contract for a new contract, or by amendment, endorsement, or rider to an existing contract, or by the election of a benefit, feature, right, or coverage within an existing contract. We will adopt SOP 05-1 for internal replacements beginning January 1, 2007. Given its recent issuance, management is still assessing the impact SOP 05-1 will have on our results of operations or financial position.


In December 2004, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued SFAS 123R Share-Based Payments—an amendment of FASB Statements No. 123 and 95, which we will adopt on January 1, 2006. This statement provides additional guidance on accounting for share based payments and will require all such awards to be measured at fair value with the related compensation cost recognized in income on a prospective basis. We currently recognize compensation cost using the fair value method for all stock based awards issued after January 1, 2002 and do not expect the adoption of SFAS 123R to have a material impact on our results of operations or financial position.



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