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About Pensions

Pensions actuaries advise trustees and companies on the management of their pension schemes

Pensions actuaries work with other specialists, such as pensions lawyers and administrators, to help different pension schemes meet the needs of trustees, employers and scheme members. Pension schemes are affected by the investment market and changing legislation and regulation. Actuaries provide specialist advice on the following issues:

  • scheme funding - the funds needed to be held in respect of scheme benefits now as well as the funds needed to be paid in the future
  • investment - strategies for selecting the most suitable assets for the funds held in the scheme
  • scheme design - the level and form of benefits to be provided to the members
  • accounting for pensions - determining the impact the pension scheme has on the company's accounts
  • managing risk - strategies for managing and mitigating the risks associated with providing pension benefits, affecting the trustees, company and members
  • corporate transactions - advising on the pensions aspects of sales or mergers which can have a significant impact
  • individual benefits - advising trustees, companies and often individual members on complicated options relating to individuals' pension benefits.

The Pensions practice area is a source of expertise within the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA)

The Pensions Board is the senior, member-led committee of volunteer actuaries. It advises the IFoA on important pensions issues and is a source of expertise within the profession on matters relating to the pensions practice area. It supports and promotes the interests of practice area members in accordance with the profession’s strategic objectives

The three subcommittees that underpin the Pensions Board are:

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Contact Details

For more information about Pensions working parties contact the Communities Team.

professional.communities@actuaries.org.uk

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  • India Town Hall

    Webinar
    28 January 2021

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    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual India Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor with IFoA Council Member Mahidhara Davangere and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann. 

  • Spaces available

    What are the options for the world economy looking ahead?

    In this Thought Leadership Lecture, Economist, Vicky Pryce, will be discussing world economic trends, including the differences in geographical performance and how output is recovering and where.

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    Trust and Leadership for Actuaries

    Led by Dr. Jim Baxter, University of Leeds, this webinar introduces some key ideas in the ethics of trust, with a particular focus on those in, or on the path to, leadership roles. Dr Baxter is joined by a panel of experienced leaders who will give their personal perspectives on how they understand the value of trust and how they seek to promote and inspire trust, drawing on their experiences of leadership. The panel includes:

  • Health and Care Hot Topics webinar

    Online webinar
    10 February 2021

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    In this webinar, we have two presentations showing the latest research on the implications for life and health insurers of two key issues: genomics and pandemic risk.

    Dr Peter Joshi and Paul Timmers will share their research on how well-established underwriting processes can allow for genomics in predicting expected mortality and morbidity. They will then discuss the potential for stratified screening and personalised medicine to improve health and reduce claim costs.

  • Spaces available

    As the world’s attention begins to turn to COP26 later this year in Glasgow, Sarah Gordon (Chief Executive, Impact Investing Institute) will share her vision for how the financial services industry can deliver for people and the planet, as well as how to encourage more investment with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.

  • Sub-Saharan Africa Town Hall

    26 February 2021

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    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual SSA Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor with IFoA Council Members Mukami Njeru, Prosper Matiashe and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.

  • MENAP Town Hall

    2 March 2021

    Spaces available

    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual MENAP Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.