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  • Icki Iqbal Soapbox: Learners, earners and burnersPeople in the UK have expectations of a retired standard of living that the nation's resources cannot provide, says Icki Iqbal 06 November 2014
  • NAPF issues call for infrastructure ministerThe National Association of Pension Funds has called for a minister with specific and sole responsibility for infrastructure to be appointed ensuring suitable assets from pension fund investors are used in government projects. 17 October 2014
  • Actuary New routes to marketAlec Innes, Albert Shamash, Stephen Birch and Ross Evans explore the benefits and challenges of collaboration with a bank for an insurer to gain access to long-dated loan markets 02 October 2014
  • Balancing coins The tipping pointIt has been a busy year for longevity swap transactions. Martin Lockwood asks whether capacity in this market has now been reached, and shares his thoughts on how UK pension schemes can prepare for such transactions 02 October 2014
  • Woman_iStock Glass ceilings: a self-fulfilling prophecy?Tracey Zalk provides a review of the Women in Energy conference 02 October 2014
  • Graph- Shutterstock A copula approach to volatility index in IndiaChinnaraja Chendur Pandian provides an overview of measuring volatility in India 16 September 2014
  • Treasury's infrastructure investment guide 'of interest to insurers'Actuaries have said that the latest government guide to investing in UK infrastructures assets will be of welcome interest to UK life insurers who are keen help boost the economy and improve yields on their assets. 23 July 2014
  • Ad Kok and David Beddows Going Global with Insurance Capital StandardsEarlier this year, The Actuarial Association of Europe (formerly the Group Consultatif) held a seminar in Brussels entitled 'The New Global Insurance Capital Standard'. David Beddows and Ad Kok share their thoughts, inspired by the presentations and lively discussions that took place 14 July 2014
  • US & Canada flags A tale of two countriesWhy are banking systems unstable in some countries but not in others? Charles Calomiris and Stephen Haber use the examples of the United States and Canada to reveal how a mix of politicians, bankers and other interest groups make financial crises more likely to occur 14 July 2014
  • Catastrophe bond issues hit record high in first half of 2014Insurers issued a record $4.5bn of catastrophe bonds in the second quarter of 2014, according to a report by Aon Benfield Securities. 10 July 2014
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Actuaries in finance and investment

Finance and investment actuaries work in many areas, including institutional, equity, bond, real estate and other investment.

Investment today centres around the capital markets: that is, stock and bond markets, and currency, property and derivatives markets.

Many actuaries are involved in day-to-day activity in these markets (on behalf of their clients or employers), while others advise on the longer-term characteristics and implications of different investment stances.

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