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IFoA Covid-19 Action Taskforce (ICAT) workstreams

Covid-19 a once-in-a-century event that will shape the profession for years to come.  Some actuaries, particularly those involved in pandemic risk, are now at the forefront of understanding Covid-19. Many more are involved in supporting clients and employers deal with the varied implications.

The IFoA has a significant role to play in the current crisis and in order to ensure that it can do this speedily and effectively, a Covid-19 Action Taskforce (ICAT) was established and is responsible for leading and coordinating the IFoA’s response to the coronavirus crisis.  This volunteer activity across the organisation is led by Louise Pryor (incoming President-Elect) along with Colin Dutkiewicz (Chair, Life Board) and Jo Davis (Head of Communities).

There is also a small team of volunteers working with this ICAT Management Team; Julie Pallister, (lead), Kirstin Cam, Holly Steward and Randy Wright who undertake miscellaneous tasks to aid with the coordination, oversight and running of the ICAT workstreams. To date this has included reviewing and presenting the results of the survey, supporting with workstream volunteer allocations, coordinating responses to reviews of papers and assisting with communications.

We have received interest from 557 volunteers and countless topics which have been amalgamated into 93 workstreams.

Below is what we know thus far and will be updated regularly as more information comes through.

To help the Practice Boards and workstreams in their work, we have produced a helpful Guidance Note. Please contact Dawn McIntosh for further information.

Download the guidance note


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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.