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Careers in finance and investment

Finance and investment actuaries work in a wide range of roles for many different types of employers.

Investment actuaries work in areas such as investment management, investment consulting, investment banking and retail financial advice. Actuaries bring strong analytical skills to these roles and have a deep understanding of how assets interact with liabilities which is particularly important in managing or advising on the assets backing insurance or pensions liabilities. Finance actuaries work in areas such as financial reporting, capital management, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. Actuaries bring strong understanding of financial issues in insurers and other financial institutions allowing them to hold senior management or advisory roles. 

Finance and investment interact closely with all other actuarial practice areas so strong communication and engagement skills are very important.

The F&I Board aims to promote actuaries already working in this practice area and to support the transition of those from more traditional actuarial roles. This careers page provides a number of profiles of actuaries working in Finance and Investments (F&I) across a range of roles; this may indicate what a career in F&I might look like, how actuarial skills can be applied to this practice area and the path to there.

Please also visit the IFoA Finance and Investment Community on LinkedIn.

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    Over recent months there has been a sharp rise in M&A activity involving British businesses, with interest from overseas, domestic buyers and Private Equity investors.  

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    Frank Redington is recognised as one of the most influential actuaries of all time. In this talk, Craig will review some of Redington's most important ideas. He will identify the consistent actuarial principles that form a common thread across the contributions Redington made to a broad range of actuarial fields, and will highlight the ongoing relevance of Redington's thinking to 21st century actuarial practice.

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    The IFoA Mental Health working party look back over their week of blogs and podcasts considering all aspects of the relationship between mental health and life insurance. The expert panel spans adviser, underwriter and actuarial experience and they  explore triggers for purchasing insurance relating to mental health, the various routes to insurance and how these may be more suited to different people depending on their conditions and preferences, the products and processes involved in purchasing these as well as what claims and support are available to policyholders and how to access them.

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    Part of the 'Finance in the Public Interest 2022' webinar series. If it was ever okay to consider your business in isolation from its surroundings, today it most definitely is not. Thinking about business within its surrounding system is now a necessity. The question we seek to discuss is: How should we prescribe the boundaries in which we consider problems to enable us to create better products and more resilient companies and systems?

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    What will happen to DC pension savers who see life annuities as poor VFM but still want an income for life?  Pooled annuity funds could offer them a decent lifetime income while reducing significantly the complex choices and risk inherent in income drawdown.  They could be the next generation of CDC pension schemes, slotting into the existing DC framework as a post-retirement option.