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Actuarial history research support

Secondary resources relating to the historical origins and development of early actuarial science are available for those considering new research in this field or related areas

Significant recent works on actuarial and related financial and insurance history are available from the library include:
(Title links below lead to IFoA Library catalogue where members can 'Request' to borrow the book)

Actuary members and others have long contributed to the historical literature in articles for Journal of the Institute of Actuaries, Transactions of the Faculty of Actuaries, The Actuary magazine and its forerunner Fiasco. See Selected Books and Papers on Actuarial History and Pioneers for more information.
 
Topics for historical research 

European Sources for Research of Actuarial History and the Scope for Translation (seminar paper, by Trevor Sibbett FIA, June 2007) suggests topics to explore the European heritage for actuarial investigation. Possible new themes to examine include:

  • early forms of pensions and life annuities
  • instruments of state debt financing at interest
  • demographic insights and the development of mortality tables and survival projections from the seventeenth century
  • the progress of life assurance and other provident funding as they became established on actuarial lines from the late eighteenth century
  • early forms of non-life insurances.

Contact Details

For any library enquiries please contact:

libraries@actuaries.org.uk

We try to respond to email queries within one working day. Researcher access to historical resources may require notice in advance of visit in order to retrieve items from storage.

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Events calendar

  • Autumn Lecture 2020: Professor Elroy Dimson

    Online webinar
    14 October 2020

    Spaces available

    Many individuals and institutions have a long-term focus, and invest funds for the benefit of future generations. Their strategy should reflect their long horizon. University endowments are one of the oldest classes of institutional investor, and I will present the first study of the management of these endowments over the very long term.

  • GIRO Conference 2020 Webinar Series

    Available to watch globally in November.
    02-13 November 2020
    Spaces available

    This year's GIRO has been re-designed as a virtual conference to offer members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the general insurance field via online webinars. All sessions will be recorded and made available to purchase and re-watch post-event on the IFoA's GI Online Learning Resource area.

  • Life Conference 2020 Webinar Series

    Online
    16 November 2020 - 27 November 2020

    Spaces available

    This year's Life Conference has been re-designed as a virtual conference to offer members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the life insurance field via online webinars. All sessions will be recorded and made available to purchase and re-watch post-event on the IFoA's website.

  • Spaces available

    The webinar will discuss the challenges and opportunities schemes face in evaluating end game options, choosing a target state and understanding the impact this strategic decision could have on member outcomes long after the “end state” is reached. Adolfo, Kevin and Rhian bring over 60 years of experience in the industry and a variety of perspectives as scheme actuary, covenant adviser, trustee, de-risking adviser and insurer.

  • Spaces available

    Cash-flow driven investing is a game-changer for DB pension funds navigating their end-game. Suitable for sponsors who want to reduce risks on their balance sheets. And for trustees, it shifts the focus to providing greater certainty of returns, managing funding level volatility and ensuring they have enough income to pay cash-flow requirements.

  • Spaces available

    The talk will provide an understanding of the priorities and relationships between deficit reduction contributions, in the context of wider scheme funding, and different types of value outflow from the employer based on the working party’s recently published report.