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Both libraries at Edinburgh and London are closed in line with the IFoA coronavirus policy - please check this policy for further reports.
The Libraries also cannot lend printed books at present, with apologies for the inconvenience.
Please see our Library Notices for information about eLibrary resources and services still available during the closure period.
The libraries in London and Edinburgh have study booths, areas for group work, free wifi and refreshment areas.
As well as a comprehensive collection of books and journals, the libraries also offer free reference access to the Core Reading, Acted Notes, past exam papers and further reading for the examinations of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA).
Members' lounge and library
Tel. + 44 (0)20 7632 2114
Library and Publications Manager: Tom Bishop
Librarian: David Raymont
Members' lounge and library
Tel. + 44 (0)131 240 1823
Contact: Dr Ken Bogle, Librarian
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Books can be borrowed in person or by post
The standard loan period is one month but you will be able to renew loans subject to other member requests within one week of the due date. Books borrowed by post are sent free of charge but you will be responsible for return postage. Books sent outside of the United Kingdom are loaned for a period of 6 weeks from the date of despatch.
|IFoA Members resident in the UK or ROI||up to 6||You must be in current membership|
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|Members of overseas actuarial bodies resident in the UK or ROI||up to 4||On production of proof of membership|
Non-member candidates for CM1 or CS1 exams
up to 2 books from the
Temporary access to ebooks on CS1 reading list
Candidates must be registered for the exam and provide an IFoA registration or ‘ARN’ number.
Apply to IFoA Library Service for temporary Athens access.
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We can supply articles from journals covering all areas of professional practice and research
There may be a charge for this service. If you are searching for documents or need advice on papers published on a particular topic contact the library and we will assist. If you register for our Athens service you will have direct access to full text articles of many leading journals in mathematics, pensions, insurance, risk management and demography.
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What are the advantages of using artificial intelligence (AI) in investing? What are the differences between traditional quant and AI? This new webinar discusses challenges and the future of AI in the investment sector.
Delivered by the IFRS 17 Contractual Service Margin working party.
The Certified Actuarial Analyst (CAA) qualification has rapidly established itself as adding real value, to insurers and consultancies, and to the clients of consultancies, around the World. CAAs work alongside actuaries and actuarial students, as well as other financial services professionals, in an increasingly broad range of roles and fields.
This session is a repeat of the one earlier today at 09:30
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.
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.
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.
This webinar will provide an update on the emerging thinking around future regulation of DB schemes:
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.
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.
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.