- development of the next generation of single and multi-population mortality models that are robust, straightforward to apply and that are designed explicitly to push back the barriers to financial innovation
- developing open access modelling of the key drivers of mortality such as smoking, obesity and other lifestyle factors and understanding how these interact with all-cause mortality and cause-of-death mortality data
- development of a robust, scientific approach that helps key stakeholders to understand better the wider range of options for managing longevity risk
- development of new methods for pricing and reserving for Critical Illness Insurance.
This multidisciplinary team is led by Professor Andrew Cairns (Heriot-Watt University). The programme is co-sponsored with the Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries. The programme supports two PhD students in actuarial science.
ARC Webinar Series 2021: Introducing the new Longevity Index for England (LIFE) app, 23 June 2021
This session explored how the new index has revealed previously uncaptured mortality inequalities by using predictive variables at a high degree of granularity. Globally renowned leader in actuarial science Professor Andrew Cairns and his co-investigator Torsten Kleinow demonstrated the uses of new LIFE index such as the causes of high or low mortality and regional differences in mortality. View the webinar.
CIA Webcast, 29 January 2020
Learn more about this joint study that used Canada Pension Plan and Québec Pension Plan data to examine the mortality of Canadian pensioners subdivided by pension level. Professor Andrew Cairns and Gavin Benjamin (Co-chair of the CIA's Project Oversight Group), discuss key findings, forensic analysis of mortality by pension level, data anomalies, and the benefits of collaboration. Read the paper: http://bit.ly/2NChJNV
Annual ARC Workshop, 02 December 2019
The research team (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh) discussed their work on mortality and deprivation, cause of death, and modelling the impact of socio-economic and geographical effects. The workshop highlighted the wider impact of this research programme, with further discussion on other areas of interest and development. The presentation slides from this workshop are available to view in the outputs and events section. Recordings of the event are available on the IFoA's YouTube channel.
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Louise Pryor, IFoA President, will chair this free-to-view session, in which Alex Darsley, TPR, Actuarial Regulatory Policy, will be discussing the regulator’s Climate Change Guidance Consultation, which is seeking views on new guidance designed to help trustees meet tougher standards of governance in relation to climate change ri
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.
Climate change is one of the greatest risks facing our world today. Addressing it will require multi-faceted solutions. Through this panel session, we will explore the different levers that can be used to meet net-zero targets including climate science and data, government engagement, and mobilising green finance.