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Pandemics: external resources

Pandemics: external resources

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Other actuarial associations

International Actuarial Association (IAA)

Many of the actuarial associations around the world are producing and updating reports and data to help inform decisions in this very chaotic time. The IAA has created a webpage that consolidates links to much of this information.
 

Australian Institute

Pandemics Resource Centre:

Estelle Pearson, Principal at Finity Consulting, writes about what this pandemic situation means for General Insurance actuaries. View the article
 

Society of Actuaries

This Society of Actuaries Research Brief has been constructed to highlight some of the key features of the COVID-19 epidemic and contemplate the risks for the actuarial profession to consider in their work.
 

American Academy of Actuaries

View the AAA resources related to COVID-19.
 

Canadian Institute of Actuaries

View the CIA the CIA’s hub for COVID-19 content
 

Casualty Actuarial Society

View the latest announcements and resources related to the impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak on various CAS operations.
 


Actuarial Consultancies

Hymans Robertson

Aon

The Infectious Disease Response Site is designed as an online resource for clients and industry peers to access information and insight on risk exposures and human capital (duty of care) concerns emanating from an infectious disease event or outbreak.
 

Willis Towers Watson

View Willis Towers Watson COVID-19 resources hub.
 

SCOR

View SCOR’s press release on COVID-19.
 

Partner Re

The COVID-19 – CMO Update and Overview, created by Achim Regenauer, Chief Medical Officer PartnerRe, is intended only as a general overview of COVID-19.
 

Lloyds of London

McKinsey & Company

View the article from senior partners at McKinseys ‘Safeguarding our lives and our livelihoods: The imperative of our time.
 

LCP

View the LCP COVID-19 hub
 


Academic publications

Imperial College London

Imperial College London presents the results of epidemiological modelling which has informed policymaking in the UK and other countries in recent weeks.
 

Lancet

The Lancet has produced a hub to assist health workers and researchers working under challenging conditions to bring this outbreak to a close and created a Coronavirus Resource Centre.
 

Oxford University Press

Access OUP's resources on coronavirus and related topics.
 

University of Oxford

Presentation by Dr Robin Thompson - How do mathematicians model infectious disease outbreaks?
 


Other External resources

British Medical Association

The BMA answer questions about the impact of COVID-19 on work, training, education, and wellbeing of medical professionals.
 

Royal Society for Public Health

View RSPH's Statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19).
 

Association of British Insurers

The ABI have produced a guide to some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding the impact of COVID-19.
 

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

OECD have developed an AI powered tool to enable individuals to allow the latest COVID-19 developments in any country.
 

Institute for Fiscal Studies

View IFS commentary on the Chancellors fiscal response to COVID-19.
 

Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association

The PLSA’s COVID-19 resources is designed to help its members deal with short-term issues and prepare for the longer-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

Isaac Newton Institute 

The INI programme on Infectious Disease Dynamics has a series of reports and seminar listings with recordings and pdf slides available to those with strong mathematical backgrounds wishing to learn more about pandemic modelling.
 

What Happens Next? 

COVID-19 Futures, Explained With Playable Simulations, by Marcel Salathé & Nicky Case. 


Select Committees

Treasury Committee 

Committee hearing on Wednesday 15 April 2020. Oral evidence session with Sam Woods, Deputy Governor Bank of England and CEO of the Prudential Regulation Authority, that feeds into the committee's inquiry into the economic impact of COVID-19. 
 

Health and Social Care Committee

Committee hearing on Tuesday 5 May 2020. The Committee questions the Chief Scientific Adviser and Deputy Chief Medical Officer on the progress the UK is making in relation to COVID-19, and the modelling and data that is being considered. This forms the fifth session in the inquiry into the management of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Committee hearing on Tuesday 17 March 2020. The focus on this session includes  preparations for hospital and community services to deal with a potential COVID-19 epidemic, likely impact on routine NHS services, risks to patients and staff, and information sharing and co-ordination with other agencies and the public.

Committee hearing on Thursday 5 March 2020. The CMO for England, the UK Government's Chief Medical Adviser, is asked to detail current planning to deal with an upsurge in cases of COVID-19, preventative measures to safeguard public health, options for containing the virus and how prepared the NHS is to deal with a major outbreak. 
 


Official sources

UK Government

This includes guidance on social-distancing, staying at home, travel advice, NHS information and links to the latest government announcements.
 

World Health Organisation

The World Health Organisation has developed a hub with information on how to keep yourself safe, situation reports, updates on research and development, and myth-busters.
 

Bank of England

Bank of England measures to respond to the economic shock from Covid-19
 

The Pensions Regulator

COVID19: What pension schemes need to consider
 

Financial Conduct Authority

The FCA has significant resources focused on responding for the firms it regulates.
 

Financial Reporting Council

View the guidance for companies and auditors during the COVID-19 crisis.
 

Office for Budget Responsibility

Coronavirus reference scenario
 

Office of National Statistics

Latest data and analysis on coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK and its effect on the economy and society.

 


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  • Mortality and Longevity 2020

    1 Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London SW1H 9JJ
    08-08 June 2020
    Spaces available

    Due to COVID-19 this event has been postponed until later in the year. A new date will be announced soon.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding.

  • PHC Conference webinar: CMI Update

    Online webinar
    10 June 2020

    Spaces available

    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series

    An update from the Continuous Mortality Investigation (CMI) with content focused on the work of the Assurances Committee and the Income Protection Committee.

  • Webinar: IFoA Annual General Meeting

    Virtual meeting
    15 June 2020

    Spaces available

    Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries will be held online via a live webinar on Monday 15 June 2020. This will be followed by a Q&A session with the IFoA Leadership Team.

  • Spaces available

    Mark Williams will provide insight on this topic as IFoA Pensions Board Chair, lead actuarial representative on the PASA Working Group and head of Buck’s Square solution.

  • Pensions Conference 2020

    Worldwide
    18-19 June 2020
    Spaces available

    Due to COVID-19, we are running this programme via a series of webinars commencing 16 June.

    Focussing on topics including funding and savings, pension law current issues, ESG, the end game and transferring risk, investment issues, data visualisation and data science. Expect a great line-up of speakers and a wide range of thought-provoking topics. 

  • Webinar: IFoA Presidential Address

    Online webinar
    18 June 2020

    Spaces available

    Tan Suee Chieh will be inaugurated as President of the IFoA at this year’s AGM. Join us for Suee Chieh’s Presidential address on Uncertainty, Culture and Imagination. Using the Covid-19 crisis as the backdrop, he will invite IFoA and the profession to re-imagine our roles in a digital age and a future fraught with uncertainty and opportunity.

  • TIGI 2020 (Technical Issues in General Insurance)

    Webinars
    22 June 2020 - 7 July 2020

    Spaces available

    Technical Issues in General Insurance provides content across all key areas of the general insurance sector whilst also offering cross-practice area technical topic deep-dives.

  • Spaces available

    This is the third webinar in the Extreme Mortality Events series presented by Chair of the Life Board of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, Colin Dutkiewicz.

    This discussion will have a look at the much talked about R0 number.  It will dissect why this average number is so poorly understood, and why it is a bad indicator of the pandemic progression.  In particular it will discuss how serious errors in decision making can be made by relying on this number.

     

  • Spaces available

    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series

    In this session we will present the results of an international survey of claims assessors. We will explore key similarities and differences in claims practices in different locations, and their impact on the management of disability claims. 

  • Spaces available

    Climate change represents a material risk to future financial stability and creates implications for the work, actions and decision making of actuaries. Join us to learn about the science behind global warming and what that means for policy makers and society over the coming decades.

  • Spaces available

    The release of the PRA consultation paper may signal a good time for insurers to review and update their liquidity risk management framework. Within this presentation we discuss our interpretation of what the PRA’s liquidity consultation paper means for insurers and how this compares to our understanding of current market practice through answering the following questions: 

  • Spaces available

    Converting lifetime savings into a lifelong income are a fundamental part of pensions. Yet this is often not part of DC pension plans. One possibility is to offer a post-retirement, pooled annuity option, perhaps structured as a Collective Defined Contribution (CDC) plan, to retirees.  Pooled annuities convert lump-sum savings to a life annuity by collectively pooling longevity risk.

  • Spaces available

    Although ESG has many buyers across the asset allocation community, from pension funds to sovereign wealth funds, it still hasn’t found its place within the core asset management strategy desks where the money is actually invested. The problem as well as the opportunity is Fixed Income.

  • Spaces available

    Technical Issues in General Insurance

    The presentation will cover a summary of findings over the past few years of working on the boundary between data science and actuarial. The webinar will describe and review several data science approaches and discuss their relevance and use in actuarial pricing.

  • Spaces available

    A practical and theoretical look at risk from wider perspectives, drawing on theories and examples from other fields, as well as social experiments, the session aims to stimulate members to consider information asymmetry, bias, Bayesian methods, behavioural finance and behavioural psychology when determining pension scheme risk. 

  • Spaces available

    This talk expands on recent changes to Solvency II regulation to include sustainability risks and explores whether private equity offers an opportunity for making l long-term and impactful investments. 
    We will answer the following questions: 

    How sustainable private equity could be used in your portfolio to qualify for more favourable capital treatment under Solvency II?

  • Spaces available

    Technical Issues in General Insurance

    Across the General Insurance market actuarial pricing tools are being migrated from Excel to web-based technologies. Web based pricing technology offers many synergies with AI and Machine Learning. But they are often hampered by poor design and practically always perform worse than their Excel counterparts!

    The following will be presented: 

  • Spaces available

    In this talk we cover the practicalities of implementing ESG within real asset investment decisions. Capital deployed in real assets is invested for a long term and has far reaching impact on the environment and society.  However, implementing ESG into real asset investment decisions is not straightforward and requires a different approach to public market assets.

  • Spaces available

    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series

    This webinar will provide an overview of how and why we built a Death Toolbox using Shiny.  This includes a live demonstration of the tool that enables a user to explore mortality datasets without knowing specialist coding techniques.

  • Spaces available

    An update from the Continuous Mortality Investigation (CMI). Content will focus on the work of the Self-administered Pensions Schemes (SAPS) Mortality Committee and the Mortality Projections Committee and will cover the most relevant and up-to-date outputs.

  • Spaces available

    The PPF’s Purple Book provides the most comprehensive data on the UK universe of Defined Benefit (DB) pension schemes in the private sector.  Analysing how this landscape has changed over time shows that whilst the risk profile of DB schemes has reduced underfunding has persisted.  The session will explore these trends and provide an insight into how funding may evolve in the future under a number of our modelled scenarios.   

  • Spaces available

    The IFoA is running a webinar on Thursday 9 July 2020 which will focus on the challenges and issues facing defined contribution savers who wish to access illiquid investments.

    Our speakers will provide perspectives from their diverse experience, including DC fund implementation, platforms, master trusts, the role of trustees, regulation, and parallels with other fund types. They will then come together in a panel discussion with audience interaction. 

    The webinar is likely to be of interest to actuaries working across the spectrum of financial services, including investment advisers, asset managers, insurers, fund platforms and DC master trusts.

  • Spaces available

    An online webinar delivered by John Taylor, President of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries who will look at the prospects for the actuarial profession in the era of unprecedented technological innovation.

  • Spaces available

    Climate change risks are likely to become material for many risk management and investment decisions. This will require to incorporate explicitly climate change in the tools used for risk management and investment decisions. At present existing climate change tools are often too crude for decision making.

  • Spaces available

    Because of Covid-19, forecasters predict a severe recession in 2020, followed by a V or U-shaped recovery. This impacts both individuals and companies. However, compared to previous recessions, the impact on banks of higher credit losses should be mitigated to some extent by government actions. 

  • Spaces available

    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series

    This session will provide an overview of the Population Health Management Working Party's research including defining impactability and impactability modelling, discussing some examples of specific modelling approaches, considering the practical challenges across the NHS as well as wider public perception and ethical issues.

  • Spaces available

    Many actuaries consider career opportunities in the Finance and Investment practice area after having started off in more traditional actuarial roles such as valuations, capital management or pricing. This session is aimed at helping actuaries to better understand roles in Finance and Investment and how they can fine tune their skills to pursue such careers.

  • Spaces available

    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series

    With the rising prevalence of dementia, how can we manage this risk effectively and can insurance do more? Matt Singleton, Ageing Lead at Swiss Re, will cover these topics and demonstrate how insurance could help people address their concerns.

  • PHC Conference webinar: Gene Modification

    Online webinar
    6 August 2020

    Spaces available

    Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Gen Re Life/Health Research and Development, Dr John O'Brien, will discuss the impacts of Gene Modification for life/health insurance. 

  • Spaces available

    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series. 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. 

  • Spaces available

    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series. 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.

  • Spaces available

    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series. 

    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.