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About Life

Life insurance is one of the traditional and largest areas of practice for actuaries

Actuaries work within Life insurance in various roles including:

  • designing and pricing contracts
  • monitoring the funds required to provide the benefits promised
  • recommending bonuses to be added to with-profit policies
  • providing expert advice on investment
  • getting involved in the planning and marketing of products
  • advising on strategic risk measurement.

Life is the largest of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' (IFoA's) seven practice areas

The Life practice area is integral to the IFoA in all of its key areas of influence: research, continuing professional development (CPD), public affairs and regulation.

The Life Board actively influences the environment in which Life actuaries practice

The Life Board, a member-led Board of senior volunteer actuaries, advises the IFoA on important Life issues. The Life Board sets key objectives annually and has oversight of three subcommittees:

The Life Board and its subcommittees shape the IFoA’s education, standards, CPD, events and research

The Life Board and its subcommittees are committed to ensuring that their members are educated and practice in an environment of the highest standard. The Board and its sub-committees are responsible for:

  • developing topics for member-led research working parties and helping push through research outputs, such as sessional research papers, presentations or articles in the British Actuarial Journal (BAJ)
  • pushing forward timely CPD opportunities and events, ensuring all Life members have access to CPD of the highest standard
  • helping to shape IFoA responses on consultations
  • raising issues of strategic interest to the profession.

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Contact Details

For more information about Life working parties contact the CommunitiesTeam.

professional.communities@actuaries.org.uk

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Events calendar

  • Autumn Lecture 2020: Professor Elroy Dimson

    Online webinar
    14 October 2020

    Spaces available

    Many individuals and institutions have a long-term focus, and invest funds for the benefit of future generations. Their strategy should reflect their long horizon. University endowments are one of the oldest classes of institutional investor, and I will present the first study of the management of these endowments over the very long term.

  • GIRO Conference 2020 Webinar Series

    Available to watch globally in November.
    02-13 November 2020
    Spaces available

    This year's GIRO has been re-designed as a virtual conference to offer members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the general insurance field via online webinars. All sessions will be recorded and made available to purchase and re-watch post-event on the IFoA's GI Online Learning Resource area.

  • Life Conference 2020 Webinar Series

    Online
    16 November 2020 - 27 November 2020

    Spaces available

    This year's Life Conference has been re-designed as a virtual conference to offer members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the life insurance field via online webinars. All sessions will be recorded and made available to purchase and re-watch post-event on the IFoA's website.

  • Spaces available

    The webinar will discuss the challenges and opportunities schemes face in evaluating end game options, choosing a target state and understanding the impact this strategic decision could have on member outcomes long after the “end state” is reached. Adolfo, Kevin and Rhian bring over 60 years of experience in the industry and a variety of perspectives as scheme actuary, covenant adviser, trustee, de-risking adviser and insurer.

  • Spaces available

    Cash-flow driven investing is a game-changer for DB pension funds navigating their end-game. Suitable for sponsors who want to reduce risks on their balance sheets. And for trustees, it shifts the focus to providing greater certainty of returns, managing funding level volatility and ensuring they have enough income to pay cash-flow requirements.

  • Spaces available

    The talk will provide an understanding of the priorities and relationships between deficit reduction contributions, in the context of wider scheme funding, and different types of value outflow from the employer based on the working party’s recently published report.