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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries

Home and away

For me, 2011 started full of ideas of how the year would pan out. The reality, though divergent from my plans, has been welcome and I am hopeful it will continue to improve.

Volcanic ash activity has returned to plague international airspace, although I am pleased to note that holidaymakers can now insure their trips against the risk of cancellation due to numerous insurers’ product innovations.

This month, Jane Curtis officially takes on the presidency of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. This edition carries Jane’s first presidential column and we look forward to sharing an interview with Jane in the near future.

Our topics for this edition are general insurance and pensions. Our interview of the month is with Andy Reid of Deutsche Bank, who elaborates on the unfolding of the longevity hedging market. Alongside this edition, we have our annual Working Overseas supplement in which you will find anecdotes from our members working abroad along with tips on how to execute a successful relocation.

Last month, I indicated that I would be stepping down as editor at the end of the year. SIAS is still seeking applications for the editorial vacancy and the deadline for registering interest in the role is 29 July. Even if you would just like to hear a bit more about the role, I am happy to have an informal chat or answer your questions.

We are also on the search for a new puzzles editor to take over from Tom Bratcher. If you share Tom’s natural ability to fabricate riddles, please get in touch by emailing puzzles@the-actuary.org.uk

Finally, best wishes to features editor Tracey Brown from all the editorial team on her forthcoming marriage this month.

Marjorie Ngwenya