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  • 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
  • Infrastructure pension investment S&P: insurers could fill infrastructure funding gapInsurers are well-placed to help plug the $500bn per year gap in infrastructure funding between now and 2030, despite Solvency II 'looming on the horizon', Standard & Poor's has said. 07 July 2014
  • Focal glasses Curved timeDavid Blake and John Pickles examine how our preference for time influences the way we value investments 03 July 2014
  • Mosque - Shutterstock Eastern promiseFaisal Zai examines how Islamic Takaful insurance is growing as the burgeoning economies of MINT countries begin to make their mark 03 July 2014
  • Surfing - Shutterstock Can the tide turn for Oz pensions?Australia's system of superannuation has wide coverage but often provides an inadequate level of retirement income. Stephen Huppert says that government, regulators and the pension industry need to work together to improve the situation 03 July 2014
  • Pensions Institute calls for clarity on investment chargesThe Pensions Institute has claimed that as much as 85% of transaction costs in some investment funds are being hidden from investors, and called on all asset managers to reveal their full expenses. 28 May 2014
  • Coins money ISTOCK Don't block DB to DC transfers, Treasury toldThe government has been urged not to block the transfer of pension funds from defined benefit schemes to defined contribution for members who have not yet retired 23 May 2014
  • EU Solvency II insurance pensions Interest rate rise 'good for life insurers', says S&PStandard & Poor's has raised the possibility that most life insurers could profit from an increase in interest rates as it would take away some pressure on net investment returns 14 May 2014
  • Over-55s saving more for retirement, Aviva poll findsSavings levels for over-55 have vastly improved as they attempt to cushion themselves against the rising cost of living and the fear of not having enough money in retirement, Aviva has claimed today. 07 May 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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