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Research Working Parties

The General Insurance practice area is active in member-led research

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 General Insurance Research and Thought Leadership Committee has oversight of all the working parties listed below and encourages them to undertake research that can be shared with Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) members via sessional papers, articles in The Actuary or the British Actuarial Journal (BAJ), and presentations at conferences and workshops.

The following are active General Insurance research working parties exploring various topics:

  • A Study of Major Hurricanes and Subsequent Market Response - aiming to educate and inform actuaries on the nature and predictability of hurricanes and how they can cause insured loss in different classes of business
  • Better Sensing and Responding to Change - examining ways of better detecting (‘sensing’) and responding to change
  • Data Science - integrate data science application within IFoA into our educational system and techniques
  • Developing your reserving Team - Identifies the extent of the common challenges within reserving teams across the industry and summarise key issues and concerns
  • Flood - focusing on matters relating to flooding and the Actuarial Profession with a particular focus on the UK
  • GI Asia International - providing a forum for GI actuaries to discuss local and international GI issues imapacting members in the region
  • IFRS 17 for General Insurers - (previously the IFRS 4 Phase II for General Insurance Working Party) examines the implications of the accounting changes on general insurers and the work carried out by actuaries
  • Insurance as a Force for Social Good - explores an aspect of what it means for actuaries to work in the public interest in the insurance sector
  • Insurtech Opportunities in General Insurance - To identify the practical use cases for new technology in general insurance, and the opportunities for actuarial involvement in developing and implementing them.
  • Machine Learning in Reserving - is to help move this forward, by identifying what the barriers are, communicating any benefits, and helping develop the research techniques in pragmatic ways.
  • Nat Cat Risk Validation Framework - formed in order to further examine Cat Model Validation
  • Ogden Discount Rate - to consider issues and resolve uncertainties regarding the implementation of the Ogden Discount Rate.
  • Periodical Payment Orders - investigating Periodical Payment Orders (PPOs) and their effects on the UK insurance and reinsurance industry
  • Programming for Actuarial Work -  exploring and supporting the adoption of best practice computer programming concepts and techniques in daily actuarial work
  • Public Data for General Insurance - addressing the use of public data by General Insurance companies and research actuaries
  • 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
  • Solvency II Practical Review - seeking to evaluate the practical implications of Solvency II 1 year post implementation and develop improvements for the PRA to consider in respect of this regulation
  • The Good Actuarial Report - exploring how ‘story telling’ might provide insights into how to better communicate potential future development and adverse outcomes, better supporting decision-making under uncertainty
  • Third Party - investigating emerging claim trends in third party motor insurance
  • Towards the Optimal Reserving Process - exploring the governance and design of existing processes within reserving, ensuring that principles-based guidance (small ‘g’) is given
  • UK Asbestos - investigating asbestos related claims, collect UK based data, investigate trends and react accordingly

If you have your own ideas for member-led research you would like to pursue, please refer to our Guidance for Research Working Parties or contact the Communities team.

All members are encouraged to volunteer for a research working party

Members interested in volunteering for a research working party should check the Volunteer vacancies webpage for current and new working parties.

The IFoA is also actively involved in commissioning strategic and external research relating to General Insurance

Information on research undertaken by universities and other external agencies which receive funding and/or support from the IFoA, as well as the IFoA’s strategy for involvement, the process for calls for research, current research initiatives and funding, can be found in Research and Knowledge.

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Contact Details

For more information about the General Insurance practice area please contact the Professional Communities Team:

professional.communities@actuaries.org.uk

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  • Finance in the Public Interest Series

    16 March 2021 - 23 March 2021

    Spaces available

    There is widening debate that many of our social, financial and regulatory institutions need to be rethought so that we can create more sustainable futures, particularly in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the policy/macro-economic response to the pandemic and how it affects consumers, as well as the impending climate crisis. This multi-day series of three keynote webinars, individually presented by leading economist John Kay, Sir Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, Ashok Gupta, Chair at Mercer Ltd, and Nico Aspinall, Chief Investment Officer at B&CE, will open up discussion on these essential topics. The series will culminate in a panel session with Chief Economist of the Bank of England, Andy Haldane.

  • The price is righter

    16 March 2021

    Spaces available

    This webinar provides an overview of the state of the UK protection market, and how different insurers are using different levels of sophistication to price (such as using customer demand models). It considers how insurers have implemented these sophisticated pricing techniques, and the practical challenges they have faced.

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    This discussion will revolve around the latest industry developments including and introduction to Part VII transfers and Schemes of Arrangement (process, parties involved and recent events), insights and lessons from recent with-profits transactions and restructurings (including Equitable Life and Pru-Rothesay), how firms can apply these learnings to future arrangements, and the outlook for future with-profits transactions and restructurings (including the impacts of Covid-19 and Brexit)

     

  • Spaces available

    What is stewardship and how has the landscape changed under the 2020 UK Stewardship Code? How does effective stewardship create long term value for beneficiaries and what roles do asset owners and asset managers play in active stewardship. This webinar will offer answers to these questions in a practical approach to stewardship reporting.

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    Mis-estimation risk is a key element of demographic risk, and past work has focused on mis-estimation risk on a run-off basis.  However, this does not meet the requirements of regulatory regimes like Solvency II, which demands that capital requirements are set through the prism of a finite horizon like one year.  This paper presents a value-at-risk approach to mis-estimation risk suitable for Solvency II work.