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Actuarial Risk Principles

'Risk management- an actuarial approach' is a high- level guide to measuring and managing risks while taking full account of the impact of stakeholder perspectives and system characteristics

Actuaries are well aware of the importance of risk management as an important tool to help reduce losses, control uncertainty and optimise decision making in order to improve outcomes

We believe that our training and experience gives us an excellent base for tackling risk management challenges.  It leads us to consider the full range of risks that might affect an organisation, and focus on measuring impacts, both positive and negative.  Actuaries are also used to analysis not just based on short-term horizons but potentially extending many decades into the future, and understanding how the impact of risks can be valued in financial terms where this is warranted.

Matt Gurden, Chair of the IFoA’s Wider Fields Working Party, introduces the Risk Principles framework

You can watch the video recording of the launch event for the Actuarial Risk Principles framework in June 2017, which includes presentations of three case studies.

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The IFoA’s Wider Fields Working Party, led by Matt Gurden, has developed the Actuarial Risk Principles framework in order to summarise the key aspects of an actuarial approach to risk management, and how they are inter-related

The risk principles document looks at how a multi-faceted approach to decision making can add value in both existing and 'wider' actuarial fields, by providing decision makers with a better understanding of the risks involved.  

It includes case studies in which topic specialists explore how these risk principles can be applied to analysing the risks implicit in three major issues of international scope:

  • Climate Change
  • Cyber Risk
  • Automated Vehicles

Risk principles and climate change

The first edition of the risk principles document was introduced in December 2016 alongside a successful webinar run in conjunction with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, which discussed how the risk principles could be applied to climate change risk.  

Watch the Webinar on Climate Change Risk.

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    Climate-Related Risk - This free to view webinar on Climate-Related Risk is the first in a series focusing on some of the ‘Hotspots’ identified in the JFAR Risk Perspective bringing the Risk Perspective to life with practical illustrations and insights from subject experts from the IFoA and other Regulators

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    Recent decades have seen institutions, such as employers and financial services, give people more choice and flexibility, but these freedoms have come with more responsibilities. Individuals are now responsible for managing more of their own financial risks, from ensuring they put enough money into their pension to securing affordable protection to be financially resilient.

  • Actuarial Innovation in the COVID-19 era

    This event is online. 
    26 April 2021 - 7 May 2021
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    Join us for this brand new IFoA webinar weries comprising of a fortnight of webinars, panel sessions and a hackathon, that showcase the range of ways in which the actuarial profession has added value, in the public interest, to the understanding and management of the current and future pandemics through insight and learning.

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    This event is now temporarily closed on Monday 26 April, but the session will be repeated on Tuesday 27 April, 09.00-10.30. Please click here to register your place. 

    Actuaries have a lot to offer biodiversity management over the next decade as the world develops more depth to its response to this global challenge. This sessional offers an opportunity to learn about this emergent risk, to contribute to our thinking as a profession and help us develop the next steps forward.

  • Europe Town Hall

    28 April 2021

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    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual Europe Town Hall, hosted by John Taylor with IFoA Council Members Alan Rae, Jennifer Hartley, Maribel Vasquez Flores and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.

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    Sessional Meeting - Free to viewMis-estimation risk is a key element of demographic risk, and past work has focused on mis-estimation risk on a run-off basis.  However, this does not meet the requirements of regulatory regimes like Solvency II, which demands that capital requirements are set through the prism of a finite horizon like one year.  This paper presents a value-at-risk approach to mis-estimation risk suitable for Solvency II work

  • Finance & Investment Virtual Conference 2021

    Available to watch globally in May.
    10-12 May 2021
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    This year's Finance and Investment Virtual Conference takes on the timely theme of ‘resilience’, something we have all learnt a lot more about in the last year! Our diverse range of talks will explore the theme of resilience in a variety of ways including in building robust investment portfolios, in the incorporation of ESG factors, in govern

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    This talk will explore the potential benefits that wearable tech can bring to health & protection insurers and their customers. The traditional approach of integrating wearables into insurance has largely focused on measuring steps and using rewards-based incentive programs to encourage more activity.

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    Join us for this talk with Professor Sir Adrian Smith as part of the 'Dr Patrick Poon Presidential Speaker Series'. Professor Smith joined The Alan Turing Institute as Institute Director and Chief Executive in September 2018. In November 2020, he became President of the Royal Society, in addition to his leadership of the Turing. He is also a member of the government's AI Council, which helps boost AI growth in the UK and promote its adoption and ethical use in businesses and organisations across the country. He received a knighthood in the 2011 New Year Honours list.

     

  • CILA 2021

    Available to watch globally in May.
    19-21 May 2021
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    We continue to live in a world of global uncertainty. Survival depends on our ability to simultaneously navigate through the diverse root-causes, ranging from: the consequences of Climate Change; on-going financial consequences of the COVID pandemic; or self-imposed changes in regulatory requirements and accounting standards.

  • Pensions Conference 2021

    Online webinar series
    16-22 June 2021
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    Welcome to the programme for our 2nd Virtual Pensions Conference. This year's conference features 11 webinars offering members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the pension industry. There will also be opportunity to ask questions and contribute to the discussion.