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Resources for Subject SA7 Investment and Finance Advanced

The following are suggested additional resources for SA7 and sources referenced in the Core Reading. Please refer to the IFoA SA7 Core Reading for further guidance.

Books | Conference and other papers | Country reports | Journals | Newspapers and magazines | Background data

Economist Intelligence Unit: Country reports  (referenced in SA7, Unit 9)

The Economist Intelligence Unit provides leading country analysis and forecasts. IFoA members and full students can access the latest reports as received for the following countries after member login to the IFoA website:

  • China         
  • France
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

You need to be logged in as a member to view the reports of each of these countries on this page.

The reports are for the latest month only. Reports are for non-commercial educational use by members of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.  The terms and conditions of supply are at http://www.eiu.com/public/terms.aspx This arrangement is managed by the library service, please email libraries@actuaries.org.uk with any enquiries.

The Economist: The World in 2019 

Sources on recent world and regional trends affecting investment The Economist's annual survey for the year ahead offers points of interest and background to support study of investment issues, its outlook from last year can be considered in retrospect too. The Economist now makes this annual print magazine available as an ‘App’ for purchasers, but selected articles of the latest edition are available at http://www.theworldin.com/

Books

Students may wish to follow up as additional background reading the following books referenced in units (indicated below) in SA7 Core Reading. Some of the books below are not available on-line but you may request to borrow them from: libraries@actuaries.org.uk or via title links below to book details on the IFoA Library catalogue:

Conference and other papers

Listed below are selected papers referenced in Units in SA7 Core Reading with others suggested for background information:

Journals 

You can access the following journals after member login via Athens and use the Actuarial Knowledge Hub to search articles. Contact the libraries for a login:

Newspapers and magazines

Background data

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