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Internal audit - the Cinderella of the Audit Committee’s responsibilities
Internal audit is often the Cinderella of the audit world. It’s a regulatory requirement for insurance companies to have an internal audit function, so why not make it as useful as possible? This session will look at how to link an internal audit plan to the risk register, and how that helps audit committees and boards to spot problems and fix them. And, of course, how to demonstrate that this is happening.

Application of technology and data science for actuarial advice
Tools like python/R are being heavily used to provide end-to-end analytical solutions for risk management. They help to set up a framework/platform to collect risk data and work out stochastic analytics to provide insights into the risks faced by a firm, be it in any sector. Data science techniques are being used to not only assess risk, but to predict outcomes in the future based on stochastic analysis and impacts of mitigation techniques. This webinar talks about the possible applications of technology to assist actuarial advice in such situations.

An update from the IFoA’s Covid-19 Action Taskforce [ICAT] Risk Management workstreams

Covid-19 has required an urgent and cross-practice initiative to facilitate the extensive impact this pandemic has across all industries. IFoA members have been keen to contribute in a different way, so we developed the IFoA Covid-19 Action Taskforce [ICAT] to coordinate our effort, with a more efficient governance. Chair: Peter Telford Speakers: Gilli Engel, Jessica Crowson, Maryam Abdullah and Hazel McNeilage


6 July 2020
The New Normal – The Human Factor – Increased Risk?
Speakers: Tim Vincent – CEO Observer Solutions, Benedict Olaoya – CISO SGN, Drew Perry – Chief Hacker Tiberium

26 February 2020
Webinar: Joining the Dots - how complete is your picture?
Speakers: James Orr, Geraldine Finucane, Cassandra Archer, Amanda Istari, Jenny Xu, Bank of England, PRA



Risk and Investment webinars 2019
Monday 17 June 2019

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Don't overlook the impact at the total-scheme level when de-risking
(Length 00:38:26)

Climate change - time to get strategic
(Length 00:59:28)

An opportunity to make a difference: a deep-dive into offshore wind
(Length 01:03:27)

An emerging risk process that can cope with Brexit
(Length 00:47:17)

You've been IBORed
(Lenght 00:51:47)

Are actuaries good at setting Strategic Asset Allocations ("SAA") for insurers?
(Length 01:02:08)

Square peg, round hole...
(Length 00:57:49)

The Good The Bad The Actuary
11 April 2019 (Length 01:27:58)
Personal Risk Management for Non-Executive Directors
14 November 2017 (Length 01:32:02)
Actuarial Risk Principles: improving decision making
21 June 2017 (Length 01:33:24)

Risk, Investment, Pensions Conference 2017
5-7 June 2017

Plenary 2: The Professional Toolkit: A Simple Approach to Managing and Assessing Culture in the Workplace 
(Length 01:03:45)
Pensions session: Workshop A1: Making tax on retirement savings fair and efficient
(Length 00:49:08)
Pensions session: Workshop B1: Is Selling Gilts for Buy-in the Best Way of Securing Pension Promises?
(Length 00:46:13)
Pensions session: Workshop C2: Running off Mature Schemes
Risk and Pensions Plenary 5: If DB Pensions Didn’t Exist, Would We Invent Them?
Finance and Investment Sessions: Workshop D5: QE and the Inflation Dogma; Does it Work and Does it Make Sense?
(Length 00:48:31)
Pensions Sessions: Workshop E2: Fiduciary Duty - The Past, the Present, the Future
(Length 00:43:02)
Finance and Investment and Pensions Plenary 6: Intergenerational Fairness
(Length 00:59:38)
Plenary 7: Future for Actuaries?


Momentum 2016
30 November - 2 December 2016

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

Operational Risk Working Party
21 March 2016
Sessional event: Mis-estimation risk: Measurement and Impact
29 February 2016, video
Revisions to the UK Corporate Governance Code - Raising the bar on Risk Management: How prepared are UK companies?
24 November 2015, video
Sessional Research Event: Longevity Basis Risk Methodology
8 December 2015
Model Risk - Daring to open the Black Box
23 March 2015, video

Risk and Investment Conference 2015
3-5 June 2015, video

Sessions available:
Plenary 2: Insights on Current Economic Affairs
Professor Richard Werner
Plenary 3 (RM): ERM from the Point of View of the Investor
Andrew Hitchcox, IFoA Risk Management Board
Plenary 3 (F&I): UK Bonds in a Global Context
Andrew Roberts and Ross Walker, RBS
Plenary 4: Freedom and Choice in Pensions Panel Discussion
David Berenbaum, Pensions Advisory Service, Maggie Craig, FCA and Mark Stopard, Partnership
Plenary 5: Stranded Assets
Mike Clark, Advisory Panel to the Stranded Assets Programme of the University of Oxford Smith School; Mark Campanale, Carbon Tracker Initiative and Sorca Kelly-Scholte, Russell Investments
Workshop A2: Risk and Returns in Infrastructure
Chris Lewin and Working Party Members
Workshop B3: Why Actuaries Can Make Bad CROs
Richard Winter, Bank of England
Workshop C2: The Impact of Low Yield Environment on European Life Assurance
Eugene Dimitriou, PIMCO
Workshop D2: Do Multi Assets, Absolute Return Funds have a Place in Insurance Portfolios?
Russ Bowdrey, Aviva


Momentum Conference 2015
2-4 December 2015, video

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


Risk and Investment Conference 201

Plenary 1:  The Economic Impact of the Scottish Referendum
Plenary 2:  The Rules of the Money Game
Plenary 3: What it takes to be an Investment Officer in the New Normal
Plenary 5:  Panel Discussion Meeting the Needs of the Customer
Plenary 6:  Bitcoins and Non-Standard Currencies
Plenary 7:  Limits to Growth

Momentum Conference 2014
If you attended this conference you cannot claim CPD for watching the conference videos online.
The Implications of the Scottish Independence Referendum for Financial Services
Autumn Lecture 2014: The Age of Uncertainty: What do we know about getting old?
Liquidity: Essence, Risk, Institutions, Markets and Regulation.  A report of the Liquidity Working Party
17 November 2014, video
Spring Lecture 2013
Autumn Lecture 2013

Risk and Investment Conference 2013

Plenary 1: Actuarial discipline: a threat or an opportunity?
Professor Karel Van Hulle, KU Leuven and Goethe University Frankfurt
Plenary 2: Panel discussion: Communicating Risk, more of an art than a science
Panel members: Helen Chung, Swiss Re, Nick Dumbar, Bloomberg, Wendy Jarrett, NICE and Anthony Reuben, BBC News
Plenary 3: The story of the Prudential Regulation Authority: What kind of regulator will it be?
Andrew Bulley, Prudential Regulations Authority
Plenary 5: A recipe for risk culture: views from the top
Jon MacDonald, Royal London Group
Plenary 6: Risk appetite in practice: designing a risk-led investment stategy at NEST and the PPF
Martin Clarke, PPF and Mark Fawcett, NEST
Plenary 7: No good deed goes unpunished: risk, complexity and unitended consequences
Tim Harford, Economist, presenter and writer

Momentum Conference 201

Plenary 2: The Future of Actuarial Science
Donald Mango, Guy Carpenter
Plenary 4: All Aboard
Simon Grout, Steve Allan, Scott Mitchell


Momentum Conference 201

Effective Decision Making
Marcus Hurd

A Review of the use of Complex Systems applied to Risk Appetite and Emerging Risks in ERM Practice
17 September 2012, video

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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

    Spaces available

    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.