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Resources for Subject SA5 Finance

Suggested additional reading for Subject SA5 Finance

Articles | Books | Journals | Newspapers Economist Intelligence Unit: Country reports

The following will give you a different viewpoint on topics presented in SA5

You are not expected to have read all the items but you should ensure you familiarise yourself with current finance issues and general background.

Economist Intelligence Unit: Country reports

The Economist Intelligence Unit provides leading country analysis and forecasts. IFoA members get access to detailed economic and political forecasts compiled by a wide network of on the ground contributors and highly skilled analysts on behalf of the EIU. Reports are available for the following countries:

  • 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 This arrangement is managed by the library service, please email with any enquiries.

The Economist: The World in 2017

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


Title links below are to sessional research paper versions. Members can access articles from British Actuarial Journal (BAJ) via DOI links below after Athens login to the IFoA eLibrary. Please contact Library Service to request an Athens account, available to IFoA members and Affiliates. Staple Inn Actuarial Society (SIAS) website offers access to SIAS papers referenced below here.


The books below may be ordered on loan from: Titles link to book details on the IFoA Library catalogue where you can 'Request' to borrow the book. The libraries may acquire later editions of some titles to those cited and will advise upon requests. Where an eBook option is available this is delivered through the MyiLibrary service, you will need an Athens log in and password from the Library Service.

* Please contact Library Service to request an Athens account, available to IFoA members and Affiliates.



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