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Henry Thompson, IFoA Policy Manager explains why the UK political party conferences are such a great opportunity to highlight the expertise of the actuarial profession and promote the public interest
Ethical issues are rising in prominence and risk managers need to keep pace with a highly dynamic environment. Ethical questions span a wide spectrum – sustainable investing, customer outcomes and, increasingly, wider business practices, conduct and culture. Best practice corporate governance guidelines are now requiring risk managers to challenge decisions that involve ethical dilemmas.
Wednesday 21 November 2018 15:30
This event is suitable for qualified and nearly qualified actuaries who work in investments or have an interest in this area. Speakers at this event will cover topics on the age of peak LDI, hedging inflation linked liabilities and challenges facing Solvency II internal model risk calibrations. At the end of the event, there will be a networking drinks reception, which will provide delegates the opportunity to network with fellow attendees.
The interim paper “ A Cashless Society: Benefits, Risks and Issues” assessed a number of key economic aspects with a view to balance the arguments, and documented a log of 20 risks and issues.
Now in its second phase of research, the Working Party is exploring further implications of a cashless society. This paper focuses on the environmental perspectives of a cashless society, and proposes to add a new issue to the register.
This paper explores four key areas:
A recent research report by the Grantham Research Institute at the LSE assesses the role of the independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) in shaping UK climate policy. The report’s supportive conclusions enable lessons to be drawn for both domestic and international climate policymakers.
ClientEarth has recently published an article reporting that a member of Shell’s pension fund has warned that they will take the fund to the Pensions Ombudsman for maladministration – unless it can prove it is managing its climate-related risk.
ClientEarth is supporting the member’s case, which follows only two months after an Australian pension fund member launched a similar action against his pension fund.
The International Actuarial Association (IAA) has published a paper on decarbonisation.
Providing a briefing for actuaries across the Globe, the paper covers topics including; the main types and sources of greenhouse gas emissions; relevant international agreements; commitments made; the policies adopted; likely future developments; and, observations on potential actuarial implications.
We have updated the IFoA Directory of Opportunities to reflect changes to the IFoA’s governance structure.
The redesigned Directory of Opportunities provides an overview of the governance structure and highlights the many ways you can get involved. The directory is a helpful resource for existing volunteers and members interested in volunteering.
A lot of the IFoA’s energy goes into educating and regulating members. This is executed exceptionally well by our quality staff and enthusiastic volunteers, but I want to focus on the IFoA’s influence on policy and public debate. Three years ago, when I joined the Life Board, we would receive a consultation of some form – late. We’d have a week to catch-up and produce something of sufficient quality to at least respond. Thanks to the work of the IFoA Policy staff, and the Life Standards and Consultations Committee, we then got into a position of getting the consultations when they were
The IFoA will host a networking event on 28 November at Staple Inn Hall, London.
Speaker Lisa Altmann-Richer will draw on the latest developments in machine learning and big data to present a framework for how predictive analytics could be used to help improve the forecasting of demand for health care services.
Other actuary news
Added: Fri, 12/10/2018 - 15:44The entire cryptocurrency market is on the brink of collapse following a steep decline in the value of Bitcoin over the last year, according to analysis by Juniper Research.
Added: Thu, 11/10/2018 - 18:13Pharma and biotech firms have attracted well over $19bn (£14.4bn) in venture capital investment worldwide this year, considerably more than was recorded over the whole of 2017.
Added: Thu, 11/10/2018 - 17:00There are now more people that would choose to make their insurance claims online rather than deal with a human being, a poll of over 2,000 UK adults has found.
Added: Wed, 10/10/2018 - 13:50The IAS 19 accounting standard is falling short in providing enough clarity around pension scheme funding requirements and risk, research from Lincoln Pensions has found.
Added: Tue, 09/10/2018 - 18:12Financial regulation in the UK will get stricter after the country leaves the EU whether a Brexit deal is agreed or not, accounting giant KPMG has predicted.
Added: Tue, 09/10/2018 - 15:00UK savers can expect significant changes to the advice they get when transferring out of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes thanks to new rules introduced by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) last week.
Added: Fri, 05/10/2018 - 15:15The UK's £7.7trn asset management sector must step up investment in trade surveillance if it is to comply with growing regulatory scrutiny of individual conduct, KPMG has warned.
Added: Wed, 03/10/2018 - 16:20The Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II) is considered the second biggest challenge facing financial advisers in the UK, greater than Brexit, cyber security, and macroeconomic risks.
Added: Wed, 03/10/2018 - 16:00Regulatory technology investment is set to explode over the next few years, with spending forecast to jump six-fold by 2023 as firms encounter a growing number of compliancy challenges.
Added: Tue, 02/10/2018 - 12:57Insurance companies and banks have significantly improved their resilience to cyber attacks this year, with approximately eight in ten breaches successfully thwarted worldwide.