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Other organisations focused on climate change

beansCarbon Tracker is a financial think tank that carries out analysis on the impact of the energy transition on capital markets and the potential investment in high-cost carbon intensive fossil fuels. They are credited with coining the term stranded assets.

Chapter Zero is a forum focused on non-executive directors, helping them bring climate change to the board. In the UK, Chapter Zero is hosted by the Hughes Hall Centre for Climate Change  Engagement. There are a growing number of Chapter Zero communities around the world.

ShareAction is a long-established NGO (formerly Fair Pensions) which seeks to make investment a force for good. They are working towards a system in which long-term thinking is recognised as the best way to guarantee healthy returns.

Launched in 2020, OS-C (Open Source Climate) is an open source collaboration community seeking to boost global capital flows into climate change mitigation and resilience. It plans to aggregate data, modelling, computing and data science worldwide into an AI-enhanced physical-economic model that functions like an operating system.

The Coalition for an International Platform for Climate Finance (IPCF) is a developing initiative. The goal is to do for climate finance what the IPCC does for climate science. It has been described as the global CFO for Article 2.1.c of the Paris Agreement’. In this media link IPCF has Aviva’s Chief Responsible Investment Officer explaining the plan. If this comes to fruition, we can reasonably expect it to be a significant formal announcement at COP26.

There is a growing focus on communicating climate change in a way that encourages acceleration of activity. One organisation with this focus is Climate Outreach.

This guide would not be complete without a reference to civil activity. Greta Thunberg has significantly raised the profile of the urgency, especially among younger people, of responding to climate change, The Climate Assembly UK brought together 100+ people from all walks of life and shades of opinion to discuss how the UK should meet its 2050 net zero commitment. Meeting over six weekends in the spring of 2020 they heard evidence on the choices the UK faces, discussed them and made recommendations. Their report The path to net zero was published in September 2020.

Launched in 2020, Make My Money Matter is a movement calling for the money invested in UK pensions to build a better world.

Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that seeks to use non-violent civil disobedience to draw attention to climate change and some of its effects. It elicits strong feelings in both its supporters and its detractors.

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  • The Growth Mindset for Actuaries

    13 October 2021 - 8 December 2021

    Fully booked.

    This practical course is aimed at actuaries at any stage of their career who want to develop their own growth mindset and apply it to their work setting and personal or professional lifelong learning. The content of the course builds on the lecture given by Dr Helen Wright on Growth Mindset as part of the President’s 2021 Lecture series, and will be delivered over a period of 2 months, from mid-October to early December.

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    The role of actuaries within the health sector varies considerably from one country to another, due to differences in the local evolution of health systems and the funding models for health services. 

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    This paper outlines key frameworks for reserving validation and techniques employed. Many companies lack an embedded reserve validation framework and validation is viewed as piecemeal and unstructured.  The paper outlines a case study demonstrating how successful machine learning techniques will become and then goes on to discuss implications.  The paper explores common validation approaches and their role in enhancing governance and confidence.

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    Content will be aimed at all actuaries looking to understand the issues surrounding mental health in insurance and in particular those looking to ensure products and processes widen access for, and are most useful to, those experiencing periods of poor mental health.
     

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    The IFoA Policy Briefing 'Can we help consumers avoid running out of money in retirement' examined the benefits of blending a lifetime annuity with income drawdown. Panellists, including providers and advisers, will look at the market practicalities of taking the actuarial theory through into the core advice propositions used by IFAs and Fund Managers. They will share a number of practical issues such as investment consequences before and after retirement and the level of annuity that is appropriate and answer questions from the audience.

  • Speech from the Governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey

    Lincoln's Inn The Treasury Office, London WC2A 3TL
    1 December 2021

    The IFoA is pleased to be hosting the Governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey, to deliver a speech on delivering policyholder protection in insurance regulation.

    The speech will be presented to an in-person audience, and simultaneously live-streamed, at 14.00 on Wednesday 1st December.

  • The Many Faces of Bias

    2 December 2021

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    This webinar looks at the many types of biases, both conscious and unconscious and the impacts they can have in the workplace.  Raising our own awareness and understanding of the issues can help us avoid the pitfalls of unconscious bias in particular.  We’ve all heard the phrase ‘office banter’ but are we sure that’s how those on the receiving end perceive it and is it ok to go along with it?

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    Actuaries need to take action now - but how?  With a focus on climate change, this session will provide informed insight to enable you to improve your knowledge and understanding of the issues involved, demonstrate how it will impact advice to your clients, and highlight prospective opportunities for actuaries within pensions and wider fields.

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    Pension scams have become more prevalent as a result of the pandemic, and Trustees have increased responsibilities to protect members, which means that actuaries need to be in a position to provide advice in this area. Our specialist panel will include a professional trustee, an IFA and head administrator, two of whom are members of PASA.

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    The covid-19 pandemic creates a challenge for actuaries analysing experience data that includes mortality shocks.  To address this we present a methodology for modelling portfolio mortality data that offers local flexibility in the time dimension.  The approach permits the identification of seasonal variation, mortality shocks and late-reported deaths.  The methodology also allows actuaries to measure portfolio-specific mortality improvements.  Results are given for a mature annuity portfolio in the UK

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    In this webinar, the authors of the 2021 Brian Hey prize winning paper present a new deep learning model called the LocalGLMnet. While deep learning models lead to very competitive regression models, often outperforming classical statistical models such as generalized linear models, the disadvantage is that deep learning solutions are difficult to interpret and explain, and variable selection is not easily possible.

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    The dominant underwriting approach is a mix between rule-based engines and traditional underwriting. Applications are first assessed by automated rule-based engines which typically are capable of processing only simple applications. The remaining applications are reviewed by underwriters or referred to the reinsurers. This research aims to construct predictive machine learning models for complicated applications that cannot be processed by rule-based engines.

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    With the Pension Schemes Act 2021 requiring a long term strategy from Trustees and sponsors, choosing a pensions endgame strategy has become even more critical. However, it is important that the endgame options available are adequately assessed before choosing one. With an ever-increasing array of creative and innovative options available, this decision may not be straightforward.