The Actuarial Poet: Suture Lines Review

Victoria Gao reviews Paul Scully's poetry book, Suture Lines, and shares some of his inspiration and passion for the art.

Global trends discussed at ASFA Conference

Enock Chiyangwa shares some key insights from the ASFA National Conference and Super Expo held on the Gold Coast in November 2016.

Our global profession - A look at the South African actuarial experience

President Jenny Lyon details some thought-provoking presentations from the recent South African Actuarial Convention in Cape Town, including the state of the profession there; metrics for effecting ‘big change’; and a new take on driverless cars.

The Actuarial Profession in Zimbabwe

Sam Mawoyo discusses practice areas currently occupied by actuaries and actuarial students in Zimbabwe, and examines challenges facing the profession in the country.

Actuaries in Public Policy

The Actuaries Institute made a large contribution to public policy through research papers, submissions and engagement with policymakers in 2016. Head of Public Policy and Deputy CEO of the Actuaries Institute, Elayne Grace reflects on the highlights of 2016, and what's in store for 2017.

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President's Column

Actuaries Institute 2017 President Jenny Lyon outlines her career journey and passion for people in the profession as well as key priority areas for her year as President.

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A Story about ‘Mad Dog’ - People vs Mission

CEO David Bell reflects on the leadership qualities of Trump's new US Defense Secretary, General James 'Mad Dog' Mattis.

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Love: The Numbers Game

Victoria Gao investigates how the unruly patterns of love can be uniquely deciphered using maths and presents 3 Top Tips, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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An Overview of the Actuaries Climate Index

In this article, David Hudson from the Institute's Climate Change Working Group reviews the recent release of the Actuaries Climate Index (ACI) by American and Canadian actuaries, highlighting its uses and feasibility for UK, Europe and Australia.

Critical Line – Volume 10

Welcome back to another year of puzzles and ponderings! In this month’s installment: the Kakeya Needle Problem and Numbered Cones.

Wealth Management Investment Competition 2016-2017 - Mid-Year Update

In this year’s Investment Competition 163 participants answered 20 demanding propositions put to them as if they were an Investment Analyst / Economist. It is time for your mid-year performance review. Some have made happy their Portfolio Manager boss, while others have some explaining to do!

Actuaries Digital download and print edition - January 2017

Welcome to our round-up of the articles posted on Actuaries Digital during January 2017.

The evolution of disability insurance within superannuation

Disability cover has received considerable media attention recently which has led to significant analysis and review from superannuation funds and their insurers (and reinsurers) on several key issues. Here, Senior Consultants at Rice Warner, Geoff McRae and Andrea McDonnell, outline the issues and the future of this evolving provision.

Climate Risk Management for Financial Institutions

The authors of 'Climate Risk Management for Financial Institutions' - a paper presented at the General Insurance Seminar in November 2016 - discuss how financial institutions can play a critical role in managing the potential financial risks posed by climate change.

The Carer Pay gap

In Julia Lessing’s recent post, she analysed the likely reasons for the gender pay gap between men and women, and concluded that based on available evidence, at least some of it is due to discrimination. But what else is behind it? This week’s post looks at the Carer Pay gap – a gap in pay that currently disproportionately impacts women.

Under the Spotlight: Scott Duncan

[VIDEO] When Scott Duncan realised his childhood dreams to become “a swimming coach, cruise boat captain or a policeman” were not entirely suitable, he became an actuary. Now a Senior Actuary at Taylor Fry, Scott tells us how passionate he is about his job and also shares his hopes of mingling with wizards.

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Pre-Budget Submission - 2017/18

The Actuaries Institute’s Pre-Budget Submission encourages timely Government action to introduce and promote Comprehensive Income Products for Retirement (CIPRs); facilitate the rationalisation of life insurance legacy products; and implement stronger risk mitigation measures to protect against the potential impacts of climate change.

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Editorial

Chief Editor Trang Duncanson presents some of the results of the recent Actuaries.Digital Magazine Survey and reflects on plans for improvement in 2017.

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Is there really a gender pay gap for actuaries?

In this guest post on Actuarial Eye, Julia Lessing analyses the statistics on remuneration for actuaries – is there a gap between men and women? Certainly the headlines suggest there is a gap, as evidenced by an article sent to Jennifer Lang by at least five people. But what is causing it? Julia goes behind the headlines.

A History of British Actuarial Thought

Craig Turnbull, Investment Director at Standard Life Investments (UK), recently published the book 'A History of British Actuarial Thought'. In this book, Craig illustrates the development of the actuarial profession within each of the three key practice areas of life assurance, pensions and general insurance.