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Life insurance

  • Cash-in-capsule-shutterstock_364151255 An easier pill to swallowSebastian Dany and Silke Longoni explain the German Ministry of Finance's new method for calculating the Zinszusatzreserve. 06 December 2018
  • p20-21-communications-iStock-480601281-[Converted]v2 Brave new worldTraditional insurance companies can learn a lot from insurtechs, say Ronald Poon-Affat and Jonathan Hughes. 08 November 2018
  • ©iStock Longevity: Moving into the slow laneAfter consecutive decades of improvement, longevity is stalling. Matthew Edwards looks at the factors involved. 11 October 2018
  • Explosion in e-cigarette usage has brought a new challenge ©Shutterstock How vaping is shaping our healthLittle is known about the effects of e-cigarettes on users' health. Niel Daniels, Mark Paulson and IFoA working party members examine the implications for life and health insurance. 11 October 2018
  • web_hourglass_iStock-108328865.jpg Interpreting mortality trendsChris Tavener considers the implications of a slowdown in mortality improvements for actuarial advice to defined benefit pension schemes. 11 October 2018
  • ©iStock With-profits benefits: In the eye of the beholder?Studies show consumers and providers view a with-profits benefits statement in different ways, so should we be communicating value more clearly? Rosalind Rossouw and Ben Stroud investigate. 11 October 2018
  • 1200px-Bank_of_England.svg A career at the Bank of EnglandRuth Hendon and Vanessa Leung provide insight into opportunities for actuaries within the Bank of England, and what it is like to work in the 300-year-old institution. 06 September 2018
  • ©Ikon A weighty matterWith obesity rates showing no signs of declining, Nay Wynn examines their effects on health, and how actuaries can factor this in when underwriting life insurance policies. 09 August 2018
  • August Headshots Routes to the topIn this second instalment of our 'routes to the top' series, Bradley Shearer speaks to more senior executives about their career paths, giving further practical professional advice to us all. 09 August 2018
  • p28-29-Solvency-iStock-830763576 Improving approvalJennifer Khaleghy and Ashish Kwatra give four lessons to improve your IMPAP for internal model approval 12 April 2018
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Actuaries in life insurance

This is a traditional area for actuaries, with the roles evolving as life insurance itself evolves. Classic roles include designing and pricing contracts, monitoring the funds required to provide the benefits promised, and recommending the bonuses to be added to with-profit policies.

 Nowadays, actuaries may also provide expert advice on investment, get involved in the planning and marketing of products, and advise on strategic risk measurement - and so be involved in almost any aspect of a company's activity.

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