Current research activities
The IFoA places the advancement of actuarial science at the heart of its activities by commissioning and funding research that:
- advances actuarial science as a subject
- supports industry practitioners
- helps inform evidence-based public policy development
Cutting edge Actuarial Research Centre (ARC) research projects have produced interesting outputs addressing some of the key challenges in actuarial science.
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Future research activity
Over the next few years the IFoA has identified two additional areas it would like to research:
Actuarial practitioners have traditionally utilised conventional economic theory to identify the approach to adopt in economic and financial issues. The experience of the 2008 economic and financial crisis challenged conventional economic tools, with other schools of economic thought brought into sharp focus. In the first instance, a survey of current practice amongst actuarial practitioners has been commissioned, with a view to undertaking a wider research project later.
Equity release mortgages
The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and the Association of British Insurers (ABI), through the Actuarial Research Centre (ARC), has recently commissioned a research project on Equity Release Mortgages: No Negative Equity Guarantee. The call for tender closed on 7th September 2018. Read the call document
More information on this jointly commissioned research project will be available shortly.
Periodical Payment Orders
Periodical Payment Orders (PPOs) are a significant feature of insurers' and reinsurers' balance sheets already. PPOs are having an impact on the UK insurance and reinsurance industry and on pricing and capital modelling efforts of GI actuaries. In the first instance, a feasibility study will be carried out which will: a) lead to the compilation of mortality tables for lives who have suffered the types of traumatic injury that give rise to PPO awards and b) Identify the most appropriate health database(s) that can be used to compile these tables, e.g. the THIN and/or CPRD GP data sets.
More information on the PPOs project will be available shortly.
Further reading, videos and audio recordings:
IFoA eLibrary and new 'Actuarial Knowledge Hub'
An in-house resource which can assist with study, research and Lifelong Learning.
The eLibrary is available to members and affiliates registering for Athens access. Once registered, you will have access to an integrated research portal in the form of the Actuarial Knowledge Hub. The Hub brings together several distinct sources of research in actuarial science in one search:
- the online journals and ebooks available to IFoA members
- the valuable catalogue of over 20,000 abstracts and references from journals worldwide built up over many decades by library staff
- the IFoA library catalogue and its 20,000 records of hard copy holdings
- a complete index of Actuary magazine features
- the catalogue of rare books collected by the Faculty and Institute since their formation. This is a unique archive of historical books and pamphlets devoted to the history and development of actuarial science
- thousands of relevant references from research databases across the world
To support Lifelong Learning, remain a breadth of current actuarial work and its impact.
Increase your knowledge and awareness of current topics in these areas:
Following the successful launch of the 2017 ARC webinar series, the IFoA ran a further successful series in 2018 to once again showcase its most cutting edge research programmes addressing some significant challenges in actuarial science. Details of the 2018 webinars are available on the ARC webinar page. Recordings are available to view now on the IFoA’s on line resources web page for members and the ARC's YouTube channel for non-members.
Lifelong Learning and Continuing Professional Development
When this learning is relevant to your work or role and addresses a personal development area, this can also be used to meet your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.