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CILA 2021

IFRS 17 Discount Rates – Insights and Implications
Members of the IFoA IFRS 17: Future of Discount Rates Working party will present key highlights from their research on discount rate related issues arising under IFRS 17. The webinar will be interactive, with live polls, and an opportunity for Q&A. The session will: Provide a brief overview of the requirements of IFRS 17 on discount rates. Highlight some key topical challenges practitioners are likely to encounter in setting discount rates, for example: The alignment between discount rates for direct business and reinsurance held. The extent to which economic assumptions other than discount rates need to be locked-in under the General Model. Approaches to reflect the characteristics of insurance liabilities in determining the liquidity premium. Operational considerations in determining and implementing discount rates Illustrate the implications of the requirements, for example: The impact of using a locked-in rate for the CSM for annuity business. How the income statement will be affected by the discount rate methodology. Meeting the IFRS 17 disclosure requirements

Insights on corporate responses to mitigate climate risks
Developing an awareness of how firms are reacting to the challenge of climate change, and hence their long term profitability, is a key building block to understand how asset values will react going forward and in different climate change scenarios. Simon Miller and Tom Curtis, co-founders and Partners of 3Keel LLP, will provide an overview and examples of the current actions from corporates, ranging from fast moving consumer goods to utilities. They will explain corporate science-based targets, and what the recent advent of 'net zero' commitments means in practice. From their perspectives as sustainability advisors, they will share insights on the drivers for action from a corporate point of view, including how heightened interest from institutional investors in climate exposure is becoming a material influence on decision-making.

Innovation in insurance – what does the future look like?
Do you hear lots of technology related buzzwords? Do you ever wonder how these may relate to Life Insurance and your day job? Do you consider why Life Insurance seems to lag between other areas of Insurance with respect to innovation and embracing technology? During this interactive session, we will unpack these questions and discuss how this is all relevant to us as Life practitioners. We will highlight some live applications of new technologies and techniques that are currently in use, or in development, within the Life Industry which have addressed real issues which could easily apply to you too. These use cases will range from the adoption of some of the latest technologies offered by vendors, through to in-house application development and the use of Blockchain, natural language programming and advanced analytics. We will look at GI and whether there are lessons that we can learn. And we will look at the growing insure-tech market and discuss the rate at which life insurers may need to innovate in order to compete in the future.

LIBOR transition: The final countdown
The discontinuation of LIBOR is rapidly approaching. While several financial service operators are exposed to the reform only on the asset side, insurance firms operating under Solvency II present also an indirect exposure because of the methodology used to derive Solvency II risk free rate curves. We will share our perspectives on the status of insurance firms’ transition programmes, the overall level of preparedness and biggest areas of focus to date. We will finally illustrate how technology can help with identifying LIBOR dependencies in spreadsheets, in particular to determine the extent of exposure to LIBOR related calculations and then interpret this exposure into actionability and an informed remediation plan.

Equitable Life: Case Study
The speakers will provide a practical case study of Equitable Life's (ELAS) with profits conversion and transfer to Utmost life. It provides background and context for the conversion of With-Profits business to Unit-linked, including de-risking actions taken since the 2000 landmark court judgement and alternatives that were considered. The speakers will discuss key considerations when designing, developing and implementing the scheme and the engagement with stakeholders including the regulators, lawyers, independent experts, policyholders etc. The talk will comment on some of the issues and challenges faced throughout this process (a simultaneous scheme of arrangement, change in articles and Part VII transfer) which was an industry first. It will also cover some practical measures taken to navigate these for the diverse portfolio of UK, Irish and German With-Profits business against a rapidly changing background including Brexit and the Pru-Rothesay judgement.

CIO Discussion Panel – lessons from COVID and looking to the future

Millian

This is a free webinar
In this panel discussion we get expert views from three leading investment professionals in the UK insurance industry. We take a look at how they and their firms have been impacted by COVID-19, growth ambitions for illiquid assets and the increasingly important role of ESG in portfolio construction and governance.

Global Insights for Improving UK Solvency II
Following the Treasury consultation on reforming Solvency II in the UK, a selection of areas have been identified as warranting further investigation. We look at how risk based capital regulations are emerging globally for insights into potential ways that the UK industry may wish to take these areas forward, with a particular focus on Hong Kong where the life and health insurance market is thriving and the new regulations promote strong risk management but allow insurers to remain commercial and competitive.

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Video costs – Members: £25 | Non-members: £45 

2021

Transactions and fund restructuring - maintaining momentum in a changed landscape

This discussion revolves around the latest industry developments including: introduction to Part VII transfers and Schemes of Arrangement (process, parties involved and recent events) insights and lessons from recent with-profits transactions and restructurings (including Equitable Life and Pru-Rothesay) how firms can apply these learnings to future arrangements the outlook for future with-profits transactions and restructurings (including the impacts of Covid-19 and Brexit)

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Video costs:
Members £25 | Non-members £45

The price is righter

This webinar provides an overview of the state of the UK protection market, and how different insurers are using different levels of sophistication to price (such as using customer demand models).

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Members £25 | Non-members £45

Integrated resilience: The future of Recovery and Resolution Planning [RRP]

This webinar focuses on Recovery and Resolution Planning (RRP) including the evolution of the regulatory landscape, a view of current market practices and consideration of what lessons can be learned from Covid-19. The talk also considers whether going forward there may be value in integrating financial and operational resilience activity.

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Members £25 | Non-members £45 

Implications of Climate Change for Life Insurer's Risk Modelling and Strategic Asset Allocation

In this webinar we discuss the strengths and weaknesses of various climate-based scenario analysis methodologies, assess the long-term macroeconomic effects of climate change across a range of countries and highlight the use of carbon prices as a financial factor to help assess the impact of transition risk on the economy and investment portfolios.

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Members £25 | Non-members £45 

Guarantees in Retail Products – Do they have a Future in the UK?

This webinar presented the findings of the Working Party, including: whether long term insurance guarantees have a future in the UK what, if anything, could be done to make them more attractive to customers. 

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Video costs:
Members £25 | Non-members £45 

2020

Life Conference 2020

To read the full synopsis of each webinar please visit the Life Conference 2020 website and select the 'Programme' tab. 

Organising Committee Chair and Presidential Welcome
Free to view

Life Board update for Life Conference 2020
Free to view

Pre-recorded sessions exclusive for Life Conference 2020

2030 – a view from the future - lessons in resilience and climate change risk management 
Speakers: Russell Bowdrey, Aviva and Sandy Trust, EY

Covid-19 – where are we now? A medical and an actuarial perspective 
Speakers: Adele Groyer and John O'Brien, Gen Re

IFRS 17: So far, but we have another year to 2023!
Speakers: Anthony Coughlan, PwC, Kamran Foroughi, Willis Towers Watson and Darren Clay, Phoenix Group

Recent CMI activity: Implications of COVID-19 for future mortality
Speaker: Matthew Edwards, Cobus Daneel and Steve Bale

Shining a light on the “black box” of price optimisation
Speakers: Stephen Carlin, Montoux and Ewen Tweedie, PwC

Part VII transfers in the current environment 
Speakers: Oliver Gillespie, Milliman and Hammad Akhtar, Pinsent Masons LLP

Onboarding With-Profits: All in to last out 
Speakers: Craig Burns, Scottish Friendly and Stephen Makin, Hymans Robertson

GBP inflation & the RPI curve: A tale of two halves 
Speakers: Harriet Dunscombe; Carina Lindberg, Natwest Markets and Kelly Moohan, The Pension Protection Fund

AI in an actuarial world: training a machine to assess matching adjustment eligibility
Speakers: Rachael Armitage, Deloitte and Simone Bohnenberger-Rich, Eigen

With-Profits - current areas of focus: A panel discussion
Speakers: Catherine Thorn, ReAssure, Kris Overlunde, PwC, Jonathan Welsh, Wesleyan and Wei Tham, KPMG
Chair: Philippe Guijarro, PwC

Sustainability and climate change: I’d like to help – but I’m an actuary
Speakers: Sandy Trust, EY, Patrick Cleary, PRA, Matt Saker, Aviva and Wendy Walford, Legal & General

An alternative take on how to be 'professional'
Speaker: Peter Heffernan and Rod Bryn-Hussey, PwC

Changes in insurers investment strategies
Speakers: Richard Wilson, Charlie Hibbert and Sam Tufts, EY

Weathering the Climate storm - creating an enhanced disclosure and climate scenario testing
Speaker: Dhiran Dookhi, Willis Towers Watson

IFRS17 – how do we explain ourselves better? Tackling analysis of change
Speakers: Patrick Rowland, Zaid Hoosain and Richa Mathur, KPMG

The greatest threat to with-profits
Speaker: Stephen Dixon, Steve Dixon Associates LLP and Peter Green, Healthy Investment

ESG and climate change integration – the journey for life insurers
Speakers: Clarence Er, Hymans Robertson and Sindhu Krishna, The Phoenix Group

Application of machine learning techniques to financial reporting
Andrii Buriak, EY and Rodwel Mupambirei, Lloyds Banking Group

What's a 1-in-200 year stress when you're in a market downturn?
Speaker: Shaun Lazzari, Legal & General

Integrating ESG into long-term strategic asset allocation
Speaker: Craig Mackenzie, Aberdeen Standard Investments

The above recordings are available to purchase and watch for Members. If you are not a member please contact vle.admin@actuaries.org.uk to process your order.

Video costs – Members: £25 | Non-members: £45 

The IFRS 17 Contractual Service Margin: A Life Insurance Perspective

Delivered by the IFRS 17 Contractual Service Margin working party. Over the past two years, in the backdrop of an evolving standard, the IFRS 17 Contractual Service Margin (CSM) Working Party has been analysing the various approaches, impacts, and challenges that life insurers will need to carefully work through when calculating the CSM. Over the course of this time, the Working Party has amassed a strong global following by regularly sharing its findings on a number of topics and with the issuance of final amendments to IFRS 17, presented their sessional paper in this webinar that covered topics including coverage units, reinsurance contracts held, treatment of with-profits, and of course, the different transition approaches. Speakers: Wijdan Yousuf Brendon Thorpe Joanna Stansfield Kruti Malde Natalia Mirin Rob Walton Leong Tan.

Revised IFRS 17 – Implications for Insurers and Actuaries

The session addressed questions such as ‘What are the latest changes’ and ‘What does IFRS 17 mean for the insurance industry?’ 
Keynote speaker: Darrel Scott, IASB Board member Other speakers and Chair from FRG: Anthony Coughlan, Kamran Foroughi, Alice Boreman

A recording of this webinar is available for members to purchase. If you are not a member please contact vle.admin@actuaries.org.uk to process your order.

Video costs:
Members £15 | Non-members £35 

Current Issues in General Assurance (CILA) 2020 Webinar Series

July/August 2020

To read the full synopsis of each webinar please visit the CILA 2020 webinar series page and select the 'Programme' tab

Developing and Executing a Climate Risk Strategy
Speakers: Ryan Allison and Sandy Trust, EY

Global Capital Standards – What does the Adoption of ICS v2.0 Mean?
Speakers: Kenny Cheng, EY and Anthony Buck, Legal & General

The Capital Management Toolkit
Speakers: Paul Fulcher and Tom Bulpitt, Milliman

Are we in the Era of Actuarial Data Science Modelling?
Speakers: Valerie Du Preez, Dupro Advisory and Rodwel Mupambirei, Lloyd's Banking

Growing Pains: Taking the Strain
Speakers: Andrew Kenyon, Natwest Markets and Owen Griffiths

Mortality Developments Across the Profession
Speakers: Matthew Edwards is Chair of the CMI and co-leads the COVID-19 Actuaries Response Group; Steve Bale is a member of the Mortality Projections Committee and is coordinating the CMI’s COVID-19 response; Sacha Dhamani is Chair of the MRSC.

Recordings of these webinars are available for members to purchaseIf you are not a member please contact vle.admin@actuaries.org.uk to process your order.

Video costs:
Members £15 | Non-members £35 

FTI Consulting Webinar in partnership with the IFoA: Insurers – How to Win on the Rebound

16 July 2020

This webinar disccused the strategic, operational and capital challenges insurers are facing and how careful, considered communication is now more vital than ever as part of a thoughtful debate amongst senior, experienced industry practitioners. Led by some of FTI Consulting’s sector experts; Lance Burbidge, Angela Darlington, Allister Fowler, and Graham Handy. 

A free to watch recording of this webinar is available to IFoA members on the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

Extreme Mortality Events Webinar Series

Extreme Mortality Events – How Bad is Coronavirus?

This topical webinar presented by Chair of the Life Board of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, Colin Dutkiewicz, explored what is an extreme mortality event and how does the current Covid-19 outbreak compare with other extreme mortality events. It also looked at the impact of this outbreak for insurers – and the wider economy and what we can expect to happen next.

A recording of this webinar is available for members to purchaseIf you are not a member please contact vle.admin@actuaries.org.uk to process your order.

Video costs: Members: £15 | Non-members: £35

 

What to look out for in Terms of Poor Model Selection and Calibration

This discussion looked at what poor model selection and calibration could look like – using inappropriate historical data; using incorrect 2020 mortality data; inappropriate stochastic model recalibration (or lack thereof). What about being prudent vs setting a best estimate? How do you allow for tail risks during a tail risk event? Speakers: Maksud Patel and Colin Dutkiewicz

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Video costs: Members: £15 | Non-members: £35
 

Why R0 is the Most Dangerous Number to Use?

This discussion will have a look at the much talked about R0 number.  It will dissect why this average number is so poorly understood, and why it is a bad indicator of the pandemic progression. In particular it will discuss how serious errors in decision making can be made by relying on this number.

A recording of this webinar is available for members purchaseIf you are not a member please contact vle.admin@actuaries.org.uk to process your order.

Video costs: Members: £15 | Non-members: £35

 

Challenging Conventional Wisdom – What Currently Accepted ‘Truths’ About COVID-19 Are Wrong?

Every scientific expert you ask about COVID-19 will preface their comments by the fact that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that leads to COVID-19, is a novel virus and we just don’t know.  But this doesn’t stop us grabbing onto pieces of information and building our understanding around these ‘assumed facts’.  What if people aren’t asymptomatically infectious?  What if herd immunity is in fact strong?  What if children can get sick from the virus?  This presentations aims to discuss many of these ‘assumed truths’ and challenge them as a way of helping us think more broadly about the pandemic and its impact on society and the narrower topic of insurance company experience.

A recording of this webinar is available for members to purchase. If you are not a member please contact vle.admin@actuaries.org.uk to process your order.

Video costs: Members: £15 | Non-members: £35

Highlights of the Life Conference 2019

11 March 2020

If you attended this conference you cannot claim CPD for watching the conference videos online. To read the full synopsis of each session please visit the Highlights of the Life Conference 2019 page and select the 'Programme' tab

 

2019

Life Conference 2019

20-22 November 2019

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2018

Life Conference 2018
21-23 November 2018

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Plenary 4: Machine Learning in Life Insurance Between Burning Business Desires and Restrictive Regulation 
Workshop B01: How do you deal with a problem like Brexit?
Workshop D03: On the (Risk) Margin 
Workshop E02: IFRS 17: 5 topics no-one knows the answer to 

2017

Life Conference 2017
22-24 November 2017

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Plenary 3: IFRS 17 has arrived! 
Plenary 4: Cancer: Underwriting and Claims Perspectives
Workshop A2: Value of With-Profits Business to Consumers 
Workshop B3: IFRS 17 - How Will it Impact Contracts in Different Jurisdictions? 
Workshop E1: IFRS17 – So How Exactly Will it Work for Existing UK 90/10 With-Profits Funds? 
Workshop F9: The Modelling Implications of IFRS17 
Workshop G1: Life Products: What Can the UK Learn From Asia? 

2016

Momentum 2016
30 November - 2 December 2016

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Plenary 1: Why networking is important for your career and the skills to succeed
Plenary 2 Lightning talks (hot topics in 60 minutes)
Plenary 3: Winners curse - Game theory and insurance pricing
Plenary 4: Panel discussion on Brexit

Life Conference 2016
2-4 November 2016

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Plenary 1: The new normal - evolution or revolution?
Speaker: Charlotte Sweeney, Founder, Creating Inclusive Cultures
Plenary 2: Innovation out of Africa - a new approach to diabetes
Speakers: Ross Beerman, AllLife and Joan Coverson, Gen Re.
Workshop A10 Masterclass: Communication - conflict resolution
Speaker: Simon Paine, Pop-Up Business School
Workshop B10 Masterclass: Leadership - leading in uncertain times
Speaker: Simon Paine, Pop Up Business School
Plenary 4: The Professional Actuary – This Means You!
Speakers:  Malcolm Slee, Chair of the Professional Content Development Working Group, Ann Muldoon, FRC, Christine McConnell, IFoA and Matt Saker, Aviva
Workshop E2 - Generation Pf (Pensions Freedom) - 18 months later
Speakers: Barry Cudmore, AEGON Ireland and Mark Grimes, eValue
Workshop E10 - Masterclass: Time and Priority Management
Speaker: Steve Bavister, Speak First
Workshop F2: Behavioural Finance for Actuaries
Speakers: Kathy Byrne and Paul Cook, Members of the The Behavioural Finance for Actuaries Working Party
Workshop F10 - Masterclass: Developing Mental Toughness
Speaker: Steve Bavister, Speak First
Workshop G1 - Key findings of the IFoA's Matching Adjustment working party
Speakers: Ross Evans, Michael Henderson and Stephan Erasmus, Members of the MA Working Party
Workshop G8 - Big Data: Unexplored Blue Ocean in the Life Industry
Speakers: David Brown and Nicole Pang, KPMG
Plenary 5: Brexit and the changing global economic order
Speaker: Dr Andrew Sentance, Senior Economic Advisor, PwC

Sessional event: Mis-estimation risk: Measurement and Impact
Video
2015
The Effect of Model Uncertainty on the Pricing of Critical Illness Insurance
Video
Forecasting death rates using exogenous determinants
Video
Monica Allanach Lecture 2015
15 July 2015
Pensions Funds and Life Companies: Are they fit for purpose?
Video
CIPs March 2015: Plenary 4: Helping guide people through their retirement choices
Video
Actuaries of the Future 2015
Video

Life Conference 2015
18-20 November 2015

If you attended this conference you cannot claim CPD for watching the conference videos online.

Videos available are:
Plenary 1: Culture and Governance: Acting Together for a Happy Marriage  
Speaker: Sylvia Cronin, Central Bank of Ireland
Plenary 3: Plate Spinning  
Speaker: Jim Reid, Deutsche Bank
Plenary 4: Shock of the New? 
Speaker: Ben Page, Ipsos MORI
Plenary 5: Rt Hon Vince Cable
Workshop A2 : ORSA Balance Sheet and Capital Projection Options – Pros, Cons and Practicalities. 
Speakers: Loic Bellettre, EY and Simon Johnson, Zurich Assurance Ltd
Workshop B3: Investments and the Optimising of Capital under Solvency II 
Speakers: Matt Modisett, PIC and Joshua Waters, KPMG
Workshop F5: Fundamentally Rethinking ALM Post Solvency II
Speakers: Paul Fulcher, Nomura International plc and Neil Snyman, Aviva Investors

Professional Skills video from Life 2015
19 November 2015, video

Autumn Lecture 2015
Video

Momentum Conference 2015
2-4 December 2015, video

If you attended this conference you cannot claim CPD for watching the conference videos online.
 Sessions available:
Plenary 1: We Need to Talk about Sustainability - How are Actuaries going to Face Climate Change and Other 21st Century Issues
Speakers: Nico Aspinall, Towers Watson and Louise Pryor
Plenary 2: Behavioural Finance and Retirement Decision Making
Speaker: Iain Clacher, Leeds University Business School
Plenary 3: Expert Judgement
Speakers: Kieran Barnes, Bank of England and Stephen Makin, Hymans Robertson
Plenary 4: A Career as a Chief Investment Officer - Could You Have What it Takes?
Speakers: Jan Coetzee, Swiss Re; Alasdair MacDonald, Towers Watson and Ian McKinlay, Lloyds Banking Group

GIRO 2015 Plenary Videos
20-23 October 2015

If you attended this conference you cannot claim CPD for watching the conference videos online.

Sessions available:
Plenary 1: Insurance in a Changed World
Plenary 2: Who Profits? Delivering an Ethical Return
Plenary 3: Alleviating Reserving Stress
Plenary 5: Modelling: The Next Generation
Plenary 6: Tomorrow's World: Customer, Investor or Risk?
Plenary 7: Keynote Speaker - Professor John Kay CBE
Plenary 8: Professional Skills - Members Behaving Badly?

British Actuarial Journal's 20th Anniversary
Video
2014
The Implications of the Scottish Independence Referendum for Financial Services
Video
Autumn Lecture 2014: The Age of Uncertainty: What do we know about getting old?
Video
Sessional Research Event: Extending the Critical Path. A report from the Critical Illness Definitions and Geographical Variations Working Party
Video

Life Conference 2014
9-11 November 2014, video

If you attended this conference you cannot claim CPD for watching the conference videos online.

Sessions available:
Plenary 1: The Role of Insurers Post the Banking Crisis UK Infrastructure
Plenary 2: The UK Economy and the Outlook for Bond Yields
Plenary 4: Fear and Loathing in Personal Finance
Plenary 5: Closing Keynote, Steve Webb MP
B10: What a Budget!  Implications for the At-Retirement Market
C2: Are Markets Consistent with the Real World?
D3: The Trend Towards “Non-Traditional” Long-dated Investments by Life Insurers
E1: FCA Annuities Market Study
E3: Matching Adjustment and Volatility Adjustment – ALM Implications
F10: To be More like Captain Kirk and a Little Less Like Dr Spock: Applying Behavioural Economics at the FCA
G5: Matching Unit-linked Liabilities Under Solvency II

2013

Life Conference 2013: Plenary sessions online
10-12 November 2013, video

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Sessions available:
Plenary 1: The HBOS Story and the Lessons Learnt, Paul Moore, Whistleblower
Plenary 2: The Role of Today’s Actuary, Andrew Bulley, Director of Life Insurance, PRA
Plenary 3: A Makeover for Mortality, Michael Blastland, Writer and Broadcaster
Plenary 4: What financial services will older people be looking for in 10 years’ time and what needs to change for their needs and expectations to be met?  Tom Wright, Age UK
Plenary 5: Closing keynote, Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP

Momentum Conference 2013
Video
Spring Lecture 2013
Video
Open Forum - Insurance Accounting: A New Era II?
12 September 2013, video
Conflicts of Interest: Interactive Session (GI and Life)  
11 February 2013, video
Sessional Research Event: Holistic Balance Sheet and Employer Covenant
28 January 2013, video

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