Videos and audio files of selected events from our Sessional Research Programme

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2020
Sessional Event: Resource and Environment Sessional - Climate Scenario Analysis
1 June 2020 (Length 1.11.54)
Sessional Event: Actuarial valuations to monitor defined benefit pension funding
9 March 2020 (Length 1:19:32)
Sessional Event: Impact of E-cigarettes Working Party
24 February 2020 (Length 1:13:23)
Sessional Event: Understanding Blockchain for Insurance Use Cases
3 February 2020 (Length 1:28:49)
Sessional Event: Operational Risk Dependencies
20 January 2020 (Length 00:58:28)
2019
Sessional Event: Silent Cyber Assessment Framework
9 December 2019 (Length 1:12:59)
Sessional Event: Your Actuarial Career - Managing Career Breaks
5 December 2019 (Length 1:28:13)
Sessional Event: Practical guides to Climate Change for insurance practitioners
18 November 2019 (Length 1:29:26)
Sessional Event: Autonomous Vehicles and impacts on the wider insurance industry
29 October 2019 (Length 1:38:00)
Sessional Event: A review of Risk Margin - Solvency II and beyond
9 September 2019 (Length 1:23:52)
Sessional Event: Why the Pensions Dashboard is more than a data collection exercise
Monday 24 June 2019 (Length 01:20:12)
Sessional Event: Climate Change Risk Reporting Practices by UK Insurance Firms and Pensions Schemes
Monday 17 June 2019 (Length 01:23:45)
Sessional Event: Saving for Retirement - Rules of Thumb
Monday 20 May 2019 (Length 01:23:14)
Sessional Event: Calibration VaR models with Overlapping Data
Monday 25 March 2019 (Length 01:08:01)
Sessional Event: Investment Risk for long term investors
Monday 18 March 2019 (Length 01:28:47)
Sessional Event: Antibiotic Resistance Working Party
Monday 25 February 2019 (Length 01:17:40)
Sessional Event: The Genomic Underpinnings of Human Lifespan: Biology, Diseases and Prediction
Monday 21 January 2019 (Length 01:22:03)
 
2018
Sessional Research Event: Equity Release Mortgages (ERM)
Tuesday 11 December 2018 (Length 01:29:11)
Sessional Meeting: Allowing for climate-related risks when setting long-term financial assumptions
Monday 26 November 2018 (Length 01:22:20)
Autumn Lecture London 2018 In investment: How do we define long term?
Wednesday 7 November 2018 (Length 01:30:35)
Sessional Research Event: Improving the Success of InsurTech Opportunities
Monday 22 October 2018 (Length 01:12:56)
Sessional Research Event : Cyber Operational Risk Scenarios for Insurance Companies
Monday 15 October 2018 (Length 01:12:30)
Sessional Research Event: Hot topics in Health and Care
Monday 17 September 2018 (Length 01:53:05)
Sessional Research Event: How Medical Advances and Health Interventions Will Shape Future Longevity
Monday 25 June 2018 (Length 01:25:05)
Sessional Research Event : Wearable Technology and Antibiotic Resistance Working Parties
Monday 18 June 2018 (Length 01:54:35)
Sessional Research Event: Actuarial Methods: Are we Serving the Public Interest?
Monday 21 May 2018 (Length 01:25:37)
Sessional Research Event:Self-selection and Risk Sharing in a Modern World of Life-Long Annuities
Monday 14 May 2018 (Length 01:16:21)

Spring Lecture 2018: The Social Progress Index and the Sustainable Development Goals
Monday 23 April (Length 01:15:47)

Sessional Research Event: Life Insurance at the Crossroads
Monday 5 March 2018 (Length 01:57:59)

Sessional Meeting: Addressing the evolution of economic scenario generators, by the Extreme Events Working Party
Monday 26 February 2018 (Length 01:18:12)

Sessional Event: Still Living with Mortality: The Longevity Risk Transfer Market after One Decade
Monday 29 January 2018 (Length 01:25:14)

Sessional Research Event: A Cashless Society - Benefits, Risks and Issues
Monday 22 January 2018 (01:29:57)
2017
Sessional Research Event: Assessing basis risks for Longevity transactions - phase 2
Monday 4 December 2017
Sessional Research Event: Recalculation of the Solvency II transitional measures on technical provisions
Tuesday 28 November 2017
Sessional Research Event: Funding defined benefit pension schemes
Monday 13 November 2017
Sessional Research Event: A review of Solvency II - has it met its objectives?
Monday 11 September 2017
Sessional Research Event: A stochastic implementation of the APCI model for mortality projections
Monday 16 October 2017
Autumn Lecture
Data Science and its Potential for Actuaries

Wednesday 13 September 2017 (Length 01:23:09)
Sessional Research Event: Health and Care Hot Topics?
Thursday 6 July 2017 (Length 01:47:15)
Sessional Research Event: Model Risk: Illuminating the Black Box
Thursday 29 June 2017 (Length 01:21:08)
Sessional Research Event: Do customers understand our life insurance products?
Monday 19 June 2017 (Length 01:22:26)
Sessional Research Event: A review of Solvency II - has it met its objectives?
Monday 8 May 2017 (Length 01:18:56)
Sessional Research Event: How can the IFoA help Individuals make better Retirement Choices?
Monday 24 April 2017 (Length 01:17:22)
Spring Lecture
Antimicrobial resistance: Global threat to health and economy

Thursday 27 April 2017 (Length 01:27:46)
Sessional Research Event: What Data Science Means for the Future of the Actuarial Profession
Monday 3 April 2017 (Length 01:37:30)
Sessional Research Event: IRM – Putting Theory into Practice for UK DB Pension Schemes
Monday 20 March 2017 (Length 01:30:15)
Sessional Event: IFoA-CAS International Reinsurance Pricing Working Party ‘Property Per Risk Pricing
Monday 20 February 2017 (Length 01:43:08)

Sessional Research Event: The Future of Solvency II in the UK: Treasury Select Committee Debrief & Working Party Update
Monday 23 January 2017 (Length 01:39:39)

2016
Sessional Research Event: Sustainable retirement solutions – are there any durable solutions
12 December 2016 (Length 01:29:24)
Autumn Lecture 2016
7 December 2016 (Length 01:18:32)

Sessional Research Event: Ersatz Model Tests
13 October 2016 (Lenght 01:25:14)

Sessional Research Event: Information for Actuaries Valuing Periodical Payment Orders
27 June 2016 (Length 01:26:23)
Sessional Research Event: Simulation Based Capital Models - Testing, Justifying and Communicating Choices
27 June 2016 (Length 01:16:56)
Sessional Research Event: Resource and Environment Sessional Debate
20 June 2016 (Length 01:18:25)
Antibiotic Resistance: An Evolving Threat
24 May 2016 (Length 01:42:28)

Sessional Research Event: Designing successful post-retirement solutions by blending growth, income and protection
23 May 2016 (Length 01:24:07)

Sessional Research Event: Incentives facing UK listed companies to adopt risk reporting requirements of the Revised Code
16 May 2016 (Length 01:26:06)
Sessional Research Event: The Future of Social Care Funding - Who Pays?
18 April 2016 (Length 01:22:28)
Spring Lecture 2016: Communicating Risk and Uncertainty
4 May 2016 (Length 01:36:08)
Sessional Research Event: Operational Risk Working Party
16 March 2016 (Length 01:19:58)
Sessional event: Mis-estimation risk: Measurement and Impact
29 February 2016, video (Length 01:21:54)
Sessional Research Event: Bias, Guess and Expert Judgement in Actuarial Work
18 January 2016, video (Length 01:21:58)
2015

Sessional Research Event: Actuarial Function Working Party
16 November 2015, video (Length 01:10:49)

Autumn Lecture
9 November 2015 (Length 01:25:11)

British Actuarial Journal 20th Anniversary
21 September 2015 (Length 01:24:37)

Spring Thought Leadership Lecture
22 June 2015 (Length 01:31:42)

Sessional Research Event: Expert Judgement
8 June 2015 (Length 01:20:02)

Sessional Research Event: Sustainability and Financial System
11 May 2015 (Length 01:48:36)

Sessional Research Event: Model Risk: daring to open the black box
23 March 2015 (Length 01:27:28)

2014

Sessional Research Event: Extending the Critical Path. A report from the Critical Illness Definitions and Geographical Variations Working Party.
17 February 2014

Sessional Research Event: Financial Repression: What Does it Mean for Savers and Investors?
20 January 2014

Sessional Research Event- working paper: Heavy Models, Light Models and Proxy Models
24 February 2014

Sessional Research Event: Long-Term Care - A Review of Global Funding Models 
17 March 2014

Sessional Research Event: Adverse selection in a start-up long-term care insurance market
22 September 2014

Sessional Research Event: Quantitative approaches to model uncertainty
29 October 2014

Autumn Lecture 2014: The Age of Uncertainty: What do we know about Growing Old?
1 October 2014

Sessional Research Event: The Effect of Model Uncertainty on the Pricing of Critical Illness Insurance
24 November 2014

Sessional Research Event: Longevity Basis Risk Methodology
8 December 2014

2013

Sessional Research Event: Solvency II Technical Provisions for General Insurers
25 November 2013

Mortality Seminar Series: Exploring the future; Defining the Questions
17 June 2013

Sessional Research Event: Extreme Events Working Party Paper
22 April 2013

Sessional Research Event: Unintended Consequences of Basel III and Solvency II
25 March 2013

Sessional Research Event: Triangle-Free Reserving
4 February 2013

Sessional Research Event: Holistic Balance Sheet and Employer Covenant
28 January 2013

Spring Lecture 2013
Autumn Lecture 2013
2012

Sessional Research Event: A Value-at-Risk Framework for Longevity Liabilities 

Sessional Research Working Paper: Long Term Care: A Review of Global Funding Models
22 Oct 2012

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries Autumn Lecture
8 Oct 2012

Sessional Research Event: Mortality Improvements by Socio-Economic Circumstances in England, 1982-2006
24 Sept 2012

Sessional Research Event: A Review of the Use of Complex Systems Applied to Risk Appetite and Emerging Risks in ERM Practice
17 Sept 2012

2011

Autumn Lecture by Sir Harry Burns
20 October 2011

 

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  • Current Issues in Life Assurance (CILA) Webinar series

    Webinar Series
    15 July 2020 - 3 August 2020

    Spaces available

    CILA is one of the pre-eminent events in the annual 'Life' calendar. Due to COVID-19 we are running the programme as a series of webinars covering topics aimed at practicing life actuaries from life offices, consulting firms and other employers of actuaries and those who work in or advise on, the life assurance market in the UK and Europe.

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    Current Issues in Life Assurance - For annuity writers, a key challenge is the need to fund capital-consumptive new business strain (NBS) as a consequence of writing the business intended to fund future distributions. Reinsurance, investment strategy and capital provision all have roles to play which we will investigate in this webinar

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    Current Issues in Life Assurance – Mortality in 2020 is now dominated by one thing, although – in our future-focused world – the pandemic is just one of many mortality considerations.  In this session, three well-regarded mortality/longevity specialists provide an overview of implications and impacts of COVID-19, recent and imminent CMI developments and more 'future focused' work in the MRSC

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    Because of Covid-19, forecasters predict a severe recession in 2020, followed by a V or U-shaped recovery. This impacts both individuals and companies. However, compared to previous recessions, the impact on banks of higher credit losses should be mitigated to some extent by government actions. 

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    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series

    This session will provide an overview of the Population Health Management Working Party's research including defining impactability and impactability modelling, discussing some examples of specific modelling approaches, considering the practical challenges across the NHS as well as wider public perception and ethical issues.

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    Many actuaries consider career opportunities in the Finance and Investment practice area after having started off in more traditional actuarial roles such as valuations, capital management or pricing. This session is aimed at helping actuaries to better understand roles in Finance and Investment and how they can fine tune their skills to pursue such careers.

  • Mortality and Longevity Webinar Series 2020

    Webinar Series
    22 July 2020 - 10 August 2020

    Spaces available

    Due to COVID-19, we are running this programme via a series of webinars commencing 22nd July.

    This webinar series will provide topical and practical updates and discussion on the latest thinking and innovations in mortality and longevity, and is designed to be very accessible to a broad range of experience.

     

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    Insurers are making increasing use of medical research to help with assumption, models and underwriting. Experienced mortality/ longevity specialists discuss the issues in the interpretation of  medical research papers, using a range of case studies. The case studies will include COVID-19 points of current importance. Many of the concepts discussed (data bias, inference of causation) are also applicable to equivalent questions in 'big data' and advanced analytics.

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    Members of the Mortality Working Group of the IAA have analysed changes in mortality for about 30 causes of death  and will discuss how causes of death are classified, and the problems of long-term data, appropriate metrics, including "years of life lost" (YLL), causes of death - a "measure of cohortness", the changes in dominant causes of death at older ages, and how can these types of studies enhance mortality forecasting.

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    Predictive risk assessment and risk stratification models based on postcode-level consumer classification are widely used for life insurance underwriting. However, these are socio-economic models not directly related to health information. Similar to precision medicine, precision life insurance should aim to tailor policy pricing/reserving to the individual health characteristics of each client.

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    This discussion, the fourth in the Extreme Mortality Events webinar series, will look at what poor model selection and calibration could look like – using inappropriate historical data; using incorrect 2020 mortality data; and inappropriate stochastic model recalibration (or lack thereof). Presented by Chair of the Life Board of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, Colin Dutkiewicz. 

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    This webinar has been re-scheduled from its original date of the 1st July. Although ESG has many buyers across the asset allocation community, from pension funds to sovereign wealth funds, it still hasn’t found its place within the core asset management strategy desks where the money is actually invested. The problem as well as the opportunity is Fixed Income. Plenty of strategies exist for incorporating ESG within Equities, from screening, integration to a combination. ESG has picked up relatively quickly within Equities with rating,indices created using ESG factors. This talk will discuss how we price a quantifiable ESG credit risk premium and make it alpha worthy in a strategy. 

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    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series

    With the rising prevalence of dementia, how can we manage this risk effectively and can insurance do more? Matt Singleton, Ageing Lead at Swiss Re, will cover these topics and demonstrate how insurance could help people address their concerns.

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    Current Issues in Life Assurance – Join us for an exploration session on the use of data science in insurance companies today including how insurers are making sense of and using new data sources and technologies, exploration of practical applications of data science within actuarial work, benefits of data-driven decisions to solve business problems using the power of data and technology, and the role that actuaries can play to harness the benefits of data science.

     

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    Current Issues in Life Assurance

    This talk will look at a range of such techniques (e.g. mass lapse risk transfer, contract boundaries, risk margin relief, non-standard longevity risk transfer) that have been applied or considered by UK and EU insurers, and the pros and cons of each.

     

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    Current Issues in Life Assurance.

    The International Association of Insurance Supervisors announced on 14 November 2019 the adoption of v2.0 of the global Insurance Capital Standard (ICS) which will undergo confidential reporting for 5 years starting from 2020. This session will include specific experiences from Legal and General (L&G) as well as global industry perspectives from EY.

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    Current Issues in Life Assurance

    This session will cover the PRA supervisory statement on financial impacts related to climate change, industry insights into PRA climate risk business plans, examples climate risk strategy setting out key workstreams and activity steps for successful execution, an overview of a climate risk strategy execution timeline and the future.     

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    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series. Using new and unique research and data from the UK, US, Sweden and China, this presentation investigates how consumers use the internet through their insurance journey and analyzes the role culture and generation plays in their online behaviour. We use this research to show the online landscape for insurance sales in the UK and suggest ways to shape new products and effectively engage with the consumer who is buying them.

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    Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Gen Re Life/Health Research and Development, Dr John O'Brien, will discuss the impacts of Gene Modification for life/health insurance. 

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    As an industry, it has been important to be able to look to the future to identify the next quantifiable risk. In this session, I will explore some of the less tangible, but none-the-less concerning risks to future health, such as the health risks associated with exposure to pesticides, ingestion of plastic in the food chain, and the hazards of indoor air pollution through exposure to volatile organic compounds.

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    The working party will help the industry to update and enhance how potential risk from diabetes and excess mortality is considered, including the need to understand the underwriting implications as treatments improve, and potentially to develop new products that are tailored to those with diabetes.

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    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series. Modelling the structure and trends of cancer morbidity risk is important for pricing and reserving in related health insurance fields such as critical illness insurance and care provision. We model the dynamics of cancer incidence over time in different regions in England, using 1981-2016 ONS data. The modelling allows estimation of cancer rates at various age, year, gender and region levels, following a Bayesian setting to account for statistical uncertainty. Our analysis indicates significant regional variation in cancer incidence rates. 

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    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series. In this talk we will outline the steps Aviva took in pulling together our first large-scale disclosures on the exposure of our business to climate change published in March 2019; in line with the recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. After touching on why insurers have such an important role in climate change, we'll cover a brief “how-to” guide for those who have not yet embarked on thinking about these topics before giving a case study of how the learnings from a TCFD disclosure exercise can be applied to investment portfolios.

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    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series. 

    The insurance industry currently underwrites customers with diabetes based on a range of factors, medical expertise and various medical studies. The work undertaken by the Diabetes Working Party would help the industry to approach this using current research findings to update and enhance how potential risk from diabetes is considered. This includes the need to understand the underwriting implications as treatments improve, and potentially to develop new products that are tailored to those with diabetes. This webinar will present our latest findings in the management of this important chronic condition which will include research in collaboration with the ARC.