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Cross practice research working parties

The Cross Practice area is active in member-led research across all Practice Areas. Member-led research working parties are volunteer-led groups which conduct research on timely topics of interest to the practice area and the wider profession

The current cross practice research working parties are:

  • Behavioural Finance - this Cross Practice Working Party investigates how various aspects of behavioural finance impacts on the work of actuaries
  • Climate Change - focusing on a broad range of topics covering all practice areas likely to be effected by climate change
  • Consumer Risk Metrics - developing simple and easy ways to understand risk metrics that will allow consumers to understand risk in a consistent way - this is a Cross Practice Working Party shared with Life and Risk
  • Extreme Events - this Cross Practice Working Party is shared by Life and F&I - widens understanding of the various methodologies that could be used for developing benchmark figures, including the advantages and disadvantages of each
  • FRC and Risk Reporting - current focus is on research into Long Term Viability Statement and Risk Culture
  • Infrastructure - This cross-practice working party will undertake research to uncover information about the risks and rewards which investing institutions are likely to experience
  • Managing Uncertainty with Professionalism - seeks to develop general and simple principles to support actuaries in managing and communicating uncertainty in all fields
  • Modelling, Analytics and Insights from Data - established to investigate “Big Data” and primarily focused on the latest and emerging thinking associated with modern mathematical tools and techniques
  • Operational Risk (OR) - a cross Practice Working Party that acts as the conduit for Operational Risk (OR) research across all practice areas
  • Pensions and Long Term Care Steering Group - A cross practice Working Party investigating the challenges of meeting long term care costs, a significant funding challenge for individuals, and both, current and future governments
  • Practical Guide to Climate Change for GI Practitioners - a cross practice working party created to examine the main implications of Climate Change for General Insurance actuaries and identify the best ways to manage those implications
  • Practical Guide to Climate Change for Investment Actuaries - a cross practice working party created to examine the main implications of Climate Change for Investment actuaries and identify the best ways to manage those implications
  • Practical Guide to Climate Change for Life Actuaries - a cross practice working party created to examine the main implications of Climate Change for Investment actuaries and identify the best ways to manage those implications
  • Programming of Actuarial Work -   exploring and supporting the adoption of best practice computer programming concepts and techniques in daily actuarial work
  • Risk Considerations for Autonomous Vehicles - seeking to identify the key risks associated with AV and examning in detail how the insurance industry might be affected
  • Infrastructure - undertaking research to uncover information about the risks and rewards which investing institutions are likely to experience with infrastructure investment
  • Secondary Annuities Scoping Group - seeks to conduct research related to annuitants and their engagement in a future secondary annuities market in the UK

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  • Spaces available

    There is a lack of publicly available information covering the practices insurers employ to manage their exposure to reinsurance recapture risk. A working party was set-up to shed light on the different approaches insurers use to mitigate this complicated to manage risk. This report is intended to form part of a publicly available information repository that market practitioners can refer to and reflect on as best practice evolves and develops.

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    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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    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.

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    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

  • Spaces available

    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.