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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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  • The Growth Mindset for Actuaries

    13 October 2021 - 8 December 2021

    Spaces available

    This practical course is aimed at actuaries at any stage of their career who want to develop their own growth mindset and apply it to their work setting and personal or professional lifelong learning. The content of the course builds on the lecture given by Dr Helen Wright on Growth Mindset as part of the President’s 2021 Lecture series, and will be delivered over a period of 2 months, from mid-October to early December.

  • Spaces available

    In this webinar, we will discuss how cause-of-death data from the Office for National Statistics can help us to understand how inequalities arise at the all-cause level. The key to understanding mortality inequality is to think about the chain that connects risk factors, relative risks, and cause-of-death mortality through to all-cause mortality.

  • Spaces available

    The importance of biodiversity for finance, business and policy is being increasingly recognised. While many studies highlight the overall economic impact that biodiversity loss could have, it is much more difficult to quantify and understand the particular impact that is may have on individual businesses or communities. The management and measurement of these risks is a field where actuaries are well placed to contribute.

  • Spaces available

    The climate crisis and the degradation of our planet will affect societies everywhere. How we address these threats will require solutions that transcend borders. As a global profession, the actuarial community is well-placed to consider and propose effective risk management solutions to help manage the climate crisis.

  • GIRO 2021 Webinar Series

    8 November 2021 - 19 November 2021
    Spaces available

    Join leading experts to discuss key issues, emerging ideas and new research across the general insurance sector.

  • Spaces available

    Content will be aimed at all actuaries looking to understand the issues surrounding mental health in insurance and in particular those looking to ensure products and processes widen access for, and are most useful to, those experiencing periods of poor mental health.