The science of epidemic handling and response has long been an area of actuarial expertise.
With an increasingly connected and complex world a pandemic can impact our health, wellbeing, and livelihood from many different perspectives and in ways that can be difficult to predict. The multi-faceted influence of Covid-19 reflects the extent to which the work of actuaries and the industries that we work in are also impacted; this is an extreme event that actuaries from all Practice Areas may need to consider carefully in their work – from the obvious healthcare aspect to the wider economic fallout through falling asset values and challenging investment markets, to the non-life insurance industry facing claims for business interruption, travel disruption and legal liability challenges, to risk management practitioners trying to bring it all together.
As the global response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) gathers pace, our IFoA Pandemics Hub aims to provide the actuarial perspective on epidemic mitigation and control. Gathering together the most relevant research, articles, and insight on the subject from recognised experts; this resource is designed to ensure our members are fully appraised as to the actuarial approach.
"At times like this, the IFoA has a significant role to play in both supporting our members and responding to the wider societal challenges. The IFoA COVID-19 Action Task Force aims to provide a range of outputs to support our members across all practice areas. We also seek to provide actuarial insight that could help and inform our members and others and contribute towards managing the impacts of this crisis."
Dr Louise Pryor
Incoming IFoA President-elect
Please see the IFoA’s Coronavirus Policy for our latest operational response to the current COVID-19 epidemic.
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This free 1 hour CPD webinar is designed to meet the IFoA’s Stage 3 Professional Skills Training under the IFoA’s CPD Scheme 2019/2020 and is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Pensions, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive.
Modelling the structure and trends of cancer morbidity risk is important for pricing and reserving in related health insurance fields such as critical illness insurance and care provision. We model the dynamics of cancer incidence over time in different regions in England, using 1981-2016 ONS data. The modelling allows estimation of cancer rates at various age, year, gender and region levels, following a Bayesian setting to account for statistical uncertainty. Our analysis indicates significant regional variation in cancer incidence rates.
In this talk we will outline the steps Aviva took in pulling together our first large-scale disclosures on the exposure of our business to climate change published in March 2019; in line with the recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. After touching on why insurers have such an important role in climate change, we'll cover a brief “how-to” guide for those who have not yet embarked on thinking about these topics before giving a case study of how the learnings from a TCFD disclosure exercise can be applied to investment portfolios.
The insurance industry currently underwrites customers with diabetes based on a range of factors, medical expertise and various medical studies. The work undertaken by the Diabetes Working Party would help the industry to approach this using current research findings to update and enhance how potential risk from diabetes is considered. This includes the need to understand the underwriting implications as treatments improve, and potentially to develop new products that are tailored to those with diabetes. This webinar will present our latest findings in the management of this important chronic condition which will include research in collaboration with the ARC.
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Get ready for the new CPD Scheme launching on 1 September. Join us for a discussion on what the new Scheme will look like in practice. There will be an opportunity to field questions to the IFoA Executive on how the Scheme’s requirements will affect you.
There will be a prestigious line-up of international speakers discussing the insurance and financial industry’s innovation and change in Asia. The conference will take place throughout September via an online platform. The webinars consist of plenary speaking sessions and a series of workshop sessions including Life, GI, Data Science, Sustainability, Risk Management and Investment.
This will be the perfect opportunity for you to discover,ask questions and be at the forefront of current and developing actuarial/financial topics and trends in Asia.
In this webinar we will provide an insight into enterprise-wide risk management in banking, showing similarities to the world of insurance as well as identifying differences. Just as insurance companies have to submit an ORSA, so bank’s have to submit their own equivalent, the Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process or ICAAP.
IFoA Webinar on Examination guidance for those candidates sitting Examinations in September, delivered by the Education Actuaries
This free 90 minute webinar is designed to support the IFoA CPD Co-ordinators, and others, involved in supporting our members to achieve their CPD requirements.
The programme will include an overview of the new CPD Scheme; specifically sharing with you key messages to support you implement and embrace the new CPD Scheme for our members within your organisation and regional community; how to arrange a reflective practice discussion; and an interactive reflective practice discussion learning exercise. In addition, delegates will gain information about accessing, and making the most of the IFoA event Toolkits which you can make use of to run your own in-house events and events for regional communities.