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Conflicts of interest

Conflicts of interest is one of the key regulatory areas for the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and its members

The Actuaries' Code (“the Code”) has six principles which Members are to comply with in order to build and promote the confidence in the work of actuaries and the actuarial profession.

These six principles are:

  • Integrity
  • Competence and care
  • Impartiality
  • Compliance
  • Speaking Up
  • Communication

As one of the six key principles of the Code, impartiality is placed in sharp focus and states that:

“Members must ensure that their professional judgement is not compromised, and cannot reasonably be seen to be compromised, by bias, conflict of interest, or the undue influence of others.”

The IFoA's conflicts of interest materials includes:

 

Additionally, the IFoA has a mandatory pension Actuarial Profession Standard (APS) which includes a specific conflict of interest provision:

The IFoA has also previously produced case-studies focusing specifically on conflicts of interest:

Please note that these case-studies have yet to be updated in line with the Actuaries’ Code and revised Conflicts of interest Guide for Members

Also, previous practice-specific presentations on conflicts of interest may also be of interest:

Contact Details

If you have any enquiries about non-mandatory guidance please email

regulation@actuaries.org.uk

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  • Finance in the Public Interest Series

    16 March 2021 - 23 March 2021

    Spaces available

    There is widening debate that many of our social, financial and regulatory institutions need to be rethought so that we can create more sustainable futures, particularly in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the policy/macro-economic response to the pandemic and how it affects consumers, as well as the impending climate crisis. This multi-day series of three keynote webinars, individually presented by leading economist John Kay, Sir Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, Ashok Gupta, Chair at Mercer Ltd, and Nico Aspinall, Chief Investment Officer at B&CE, will open up discussion on these essential topics. The series will culminate in a panel session with Chief Economist of the Bank of England, Andy Haldane.

  • The price is righter

    16 March 2021

    Spaces available

    This webinar provides an overview of the state of the UK protection market, and how different insurers are using different levels of sophistication to price (such as using customer demand models). It considers how insurers have implemented these sophisticated pricing techniques, and the practical challenges they have faced.

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    This discussion will revolve around the latest industry developments including and introduction to Part VII transfers and Schemes of Arrangement (process, parties involved and recent events), insights and lessons from recent with-profits transactions and restructurings (including Equitable Life and Pru-Rothesay), how firms can apply these learnings to future arrangements, and the outlook for future with-profits transactions and restructurings (including the impacts of Covid-19 and Brexit)

     

  • Spaces available

    What is stewardship and how has the landscape changed under the 2020 UK Stewardship Code? How does effective stewardship create long term value for beneficiaries and what roles do asset owners and asset managers play in active stewardship. This webinar will offer answers to these questions in a practical approach to stewardship reporting.

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    Mis-estimation risk is a key element of demographic risk, and past work has focused on mis-estimation risk on a run-off basis.  However, this does not meet the requirements of regulatory regimes like Solvency II, which demands that capital requirements are set through the prism of a finite horizon like one year.  This paper presents a value-at-risk approach to mis-estimation risk suitable for Solvency II work.