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Life insurance

  • p28-30-Heart-transplant- What if artificial organs could replace the need for donors?Artificial organs look likely to play an increasingly important role in transplantation. Nay Wynn considers the implications for insurance 12 October 2017
  • http://www.fm-world.co.uk/comment/perspectives/interpreting-the-data/http://www.fm-world.co.uk/comment/perspectives/interpreting-the-data/ Appetite for adverse selectionPradip Tapadar and Guy Thomas argue that some adverse selection can be a good thing in insurance 11 May 2017
  • p22-24-longivity-tree-ring-iStock-538650790.png Prolonging the longevity trendIt is well known that life expectancy has steadily and markedly increased over time in the UK. Many actuaries apparently take it as a natural law that the historic longevity trend will continue into the future. 13 April 2017
  • What 2016 told us about death What 2016 told us about deathMatthew Edwards looks at the most interesting pieces of mortality news of 2016, both in the UK and internationally 09 March 2017
  • Dementia Is dementia really on the rise?Carl Campbell seeks to uncover whether dementia-related mortality is deteriorating, as well as the potential impact on critical illness (CI) insurance claims 09 March 2017
  • p30-32-Endgame--Chess-pieces--Superstock--1795R-34810¬† With-profits endgameWith-profits funds are in terminal decline, and many are closed to new business. But these funds will need careful management over their remaining lifespans, says Tim Sheldon 09 February 2017
  • web-p26-27-Unit-Businessman-under-three-tiered-umbrella--Ikon--11591106.jpg Tailoring guaranteesDavid Macdonald discusses how new hedging techniques are increasingly being used by life insurers to deliver unit-linked guarantees 08 February 2017
  • P25 ILS: Redefining the capital management landscapeLuca Tres and Paul Whiting discuss the redefining of the life insurance capital management landscape 03 November 2016
  • p26-27-Price-optimisation--People-ascending-on-stairs-in-Mountain--Ikon--10360119 If the price is right for lifeAdvanced pricing techniques are commonly used in motor insurance. Alastair Black and Alan Clarkson explore how they are starting to be used in the life industry 06 October 2016
  • Old man pondering Over-50s find 'funeral plan' products misleading, says website leaderAshley Shepherd, managing director at later life website Over50choices.co.uk, has called on the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to act over what he considers are misleading insurance advertisements aimed at the over-50 age group. 06 October 2016
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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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