Our objectives

The Economics Member Interest Group (MIG) is led by the IFoA's Finance & Investment (F&I) Board to:

  • Raise awareness and understanding within the profession of actuaries’ use of economic thought, theories and models, the current debate about these, and the importance for users of actuarial advice and society.
  • Engage in meaningful discussions in various areas of economics, especially those relevant to our stakeholders. For example, in assessing implications for managing long term assets and liabilities and addressing the related risks and uncertainties.
  • Engage with interested parties outside the actuarial profession, including academics, to deepen the level of understanding of MIG members, to help pose and investigate questions of importance to today’s rapidly changing world.
  • Promote discussion and debate about the strengths and limitations of actuaries’ current use of economic thinking, and how existing and different approaches should be used by actuaries in future.
  • Develop thinking to help establish the IFoA’s position, where appropriate, to allow it to contribute to the wider economic debate.

This MIG hopes to achieve these goals through blogs, webinars, discussion fora, educational materials, discussion articles in The Actuary and elsewhere, and live events. It is open to both actuaries and non-actuaries.

Management Committee of the Economics MIG  

The MIG Managing Committee is set up to support the Chair to develop and deliver the core objectives of the group. These individuals are:

  • Martin White (Co-chair)
  • Hugh McNeill (Co-chair)
  • Lav Golchha (Co-chair)
  • Oliver Bettis (Co-chair)
  • Iain Clacher
  • Henry Leveson-Gower
  • Lucy Saye
  • Alex Waite

Getting involved

Keep informed of upcoming events and get involved by becoming a member of the MIG. Sign up by emailing the professional communities team via the link below. By signing up to this MIG you are confirming that your personal details can be shared with the Managing Committee and members of the Economic MIG.

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The Economic Impacts of COVID-19 Digest 3 - 3 November 2020

The Economic Impacts of COVID-19 Digest 2 - 13 October 2020

The Economic Impacts of COVID-19 Digest 1- 30 September 2020

Webinar: Stimulating diverse economic thinking within the actuarial profession - 14 September 2020. Presentation slides


To be added in due course.

Contact Details

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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

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    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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    Crisis management, the process by which an organization deals with a disruptive, sudden and unexpected event that threatens to harm the organization or its stakeholders, has become a key concern in the light of the Pandemic and Geopolitical risks.

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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

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    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.