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Risk Outlook

The Risk Outlook explains the risk-based approach used by the Regulation Board to identify, prioritise, and where appropriate, publicise risks to the public interest which arise in connection with actuarial activity

The purpose of this approach is three-fold:

  1. to bring relevant risks to the attention of members and our wider stakeholder community
  2. to inform the IFoA’s regulatory strategy and the prioritisation of our regulatory work; and
  3. to contribute to the IFoA’s assessment and management of its own risk.

The Risk Outlook paper, published in December 2016, provides an overview of our extensive 2015/2016 engagement programme with members to analyse areas of risk to the public, as relevant to actuaries and their work.

The Regulation Board reviews, refreshes and updates that analysis routinely.  Included in the various ways in which it addresses the identified risks, it may issue targeted communications, known as "Risk Alerts", from time to time, when appropriate to do so.

Issued Risk Alerts are listed below (please note that these are accurate as at the time of publication and should be read in that context):

Date Title Description
22 April 2020 Risk Alert: COVID 19 This Risk Alert aims to help bring to the attention of Members some specific issues that have been identified that they may need to consider in the immediate term as a result of the COVID - 19 outbreak.
13 May 2019 

Risk Alert: Disclosure of information relating to models

Members must disclose to their own client and, in some circumstances, fellow actuaries, an appropriate level of information in relation to the model they are relying on. 
13 November 2018

Risk alert: GMP Equalisation – immediate issues

Actuaries should ensure that the advice they provide in relation to GMP equalisation (including any adjustments to benefits or transfer values) is limited to those aspects on which as actuaries they are competent to advise - specifically, this would not include advice on the legal implications.

5 January 2018 Risk Alert: General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) GDPR comes into force on 25 May 2018. While many organisations may already be well prepared, it is important that all Members are aware of how the substantial changes and increased obligations under GDPR may impact on their individual role within their workplace.
23 November 2017 Risk Alert: Model Manipulation There are a number of risks associated with the use of models. Members must exercise care when using models to ensure that the rationale for selection of a particular model is sound and, in applying that model, it is not inappropriately used solely to provide evidence to support predetermined or preferred outcomes.
12 May 2017 Risk Alert: Climate-related risks Actuaries should ensure that they understand, and are clear in communicating, the extent to which they have taken account of climate-related risks in any relevant decisions, calculations or advice.
4 February 2017 Risk Alert: Change to the discount rate for settling personal injury lump sum awards Members should be aware of the announcement by the Lord Chancellor about concluding the review of the Ogden discount rate and publishing the result. This change will affect most members working in General Insurance.
30 June 2016 Risk Alert: General Insurance Reserving Risk alerts are designed to bring members' attention to topics which arise out of actuarial work which could impact on the public interest.
30 June 2016 Risk Alert: Commutation Factors Risk alerts are designed to bring members' attention to topics which arise out of actuarial work which could impact on the public interest.

Contact Details

If you have any queries please contact

regulation@actuaries.org.uk

Regulation, Level 2, Exchange Crescent · 7 Conference Square · Edinburgh · EH3 8RA

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  • 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.