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Library resources supporting study for IFoA exams

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) Library Service supports IFoA students, and registered non-member entrants for some IFoA exams, by facilitating access to complementary learning resources.

The Curriculum page guides students to supporting resources and exam papers for IFoA examination subjects. Core reading, available from the IFoA eshop, is the first source reference to use when preparing for each IFoA examination. Students may also choose to purchase and work with materials produced by providers of tuition that address the IFoA exam syllabus.

For most examination subjects, the IFoA Library Services offers 'Resources' pages that list suggested additional reading and references, some with links to online content. These are not examined or required reading but may complement subject syllabus study. However, there are also some textbooks that do form 'core reading' for examinations CB2, SP6, and SP9. The links below will take you to the relevant curriculum exam resources subject page. We have grouped the Resources for all exam subjects here so that you can see the full range of current instructive publications on actuarial topics and quickly navigate to your chosen subject.

Resources for Core Principles exam subjects

Resources for Core Practice exam subjects

Resources for Specialist Principles exam subjects

Resources for Specialist Advanced exam subjects  

Access to digital resources

After you have logged in via member login to the Actuarial Knowledge Hub, you can follow 'Access ebook' links to book titles listed from the Resources pages above for each exam subject. The Library Service will recommend the route to ebooks when the borrowing of printed library books may not be as practicable or cost-effective for you, particularly for our students overseas. More eBooks complementing IFoA exam studies are continuously being added to our eLibrary platform as they become available.

For non-members who have registered for the next CM1, CS2, or SP9 exams, the IFoA Library Service will set up an OpenAthens account and special login upon request for you to access those ebooks listed for these exams only. Access will be effective for the period up to the end of the exam session. Please contact to request this access after you have confirmation of your exam registration. Please see exam dates for when registration opens.

Staple Inn Actuarial Society papers. The SIAS website also offers a news page for students to find SIAS papers suggested as additional reading for SA exam subjects. Click on the exam subject to reveal SIAS papers of interest.

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  • Spaces available

    The Actuaries’ Carbon Collaboration (ACC) is a group of actuaries and other professionals working towards a coherent understanding of the issues around greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by considering them in an actuarial context.

    Emissions into and absorption from the atmosphere can be modelled in the same way that we model variable cash flows, including the impacts of uncertain quantities and timing. The ACC’s work investigates both the insights that this analogy provides and its limitations.

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    This talk presents the work of the Data and Modelling workstream of the IFoA Mental Health Working Party. We explore data and modelling considerations in the risk assessment and underwriting of mental health conditions. We will also consider how newer risk factors and improved data availability might open up opportunities for additional underwriting and product designs.

  • Pensions Dashboards

    12 July 2022

    Spaces available

    As the industry prepares for Pensions Dashboards, we have lined up a specialist panel who is at the heart of the ongoing work in this area. Hear the latest developments, future proposals and have the opportunity to put forward your questions to our speakers.

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    Crisis management, the process by which an organization deals with a disruptive, sudden and unexpected event that threatens to harm the organization or its stakeholders, has become a key concern in the light of the Pandemic and Geopolitical risks.

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    Artificial Intelligence is heralded as a game-changer to the ways industries use data, with the insurance industry especially looking to embrace these new technologies. This brings many questions – not least around data privacy, ethics, potential biases and so on – with regulators increasingly interested in developments.

    Moreover, whilst the stunning progress of specific technologies such as Watson and Alphazero made headlines some years ago, current commercial applications of AI remain far from mature.

  • Spaces available

    This webinar will cover:

    • Some background on the risks of misselling in an ESG context, including the DWS case

    • Achieving positive impact is a strong antidote to the risks of greenwashing or ESG misselling, however this risks having a tension with fiduciary responsibilities

    • This tension can be resolved with a concept called Universal Ownership

    • Under Universal ownership, investors have an appetite to make a loss in order to achieve positive impact, and yet still have no compromise on their fiduciary responsibilities

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    This session will focus on the transformation roadmap of the healthcare sector in KSA and the role of actuarial capabilities in enhancing its evolution to the desired end stage as per the objectives of the Vision 2030. The discussion will focus how the system has evolved so far and shed light on  the expected future changes. Through examining  the transformation, we will highlight how the sector is and can use actuarial  expertise to not only assist with this transformation but also use basic actuarial principles to identify the key risks and their respective mitigation strategies.

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    The purpose of this research paper is to explore enterprise risk management lessons which can be learnt from the Covid-19 pandemic in preparation for potential future pandemics as well as other “gray rhino” or “black swan” events. This paper is not intended to be an all-encompassing solution to the issues presented by Covid-19; rather, the content has been provided to help drive discussions regarding how risk management processes may need to evolve in line with the dynamic nature of the underlying risks that they sometimes need to capture.

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    The IFoA's Infrastructure Working Party, led by Chris Lewin, will present its new introductory guide to infrastructure investment, which will be published on the IFoA web-site prior to the webinar.   Those readers whose institutions have already taken the plunge into infrastructure will know that it is a highly complex and diverse field of activity.   This guide does not explore all the matters which investors take into account, but it does discuss many of the more important points, including the risks and past returns, benchmarking, and ESG and SDG considerations.    Attendees will be invi

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    Health contributes to happiness at the personal, family, community and societal level.  Health, importantly underpins all our economic security. This talk will explore the drivers of our health, the measurement of health and the steps we can take to improve health – most of which lie outside the NHS.