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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries
Wednesday 16 October 2019
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Opinion

  • Marjorie Ngwenya Casting the net wideAs an IFoA member based outside the UK, I believe I have a different perspective from that of my predecessors. I'm currently based in Johannesburg, but spent most of my career in the UK. I have also been fortunate to have visited members in many other countries. I am therefore invested in fostering relationships with our UK-based members as well as responding to the ever-growing demand for IFoA membership and interaction overseas.
  • Derek Cribb The business of scienceThe recent extreme weather in the US has caused devastation on a massive scale. Because of hurricanes like Harvey and Irma, people in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean have seen their lives and livelihoods washed away in an instant.
  • p4-Richard_Purcell Professional prospectsWhat defines us as a profession? Is it our technical expertise, the high standards we hold ourselves to or the ability to apply our skills in a business setting? Perhaps it's a combination of these or other factors.
  • Marjorie Ngwenya Adapting our focusWe talk a lot about professionalism in the financial services industry, but it can be hard to define exactly what that means. According to the Oxford English Dictionary it is 'the competence or skill expected of a professional'.
  • Derek Cribb Reason from experience?The recent extreme weather in the US has caused devastation on a massive scale. Because of hurricanes like Harvey and Irma, people in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean have seen their lives and livelihoods washed away in an instant.
  • Why carbon monoxide should matter to actuariesCarbon monoxide, or CO, is a deadly gas emitted from appliances using any carbon-based fuel that burns (gas, coal, petrol, diesel, wood, etc).
  • Marjorie Ngwenya Shaking things upDisruptive technology has become something of a catchphrase in contemporary conversation. Most believe that Harvard Business School professor Clayton M Christensen coined the term in 1997, and it refers to groundbreaking technology that displaces established methods, shaking up and sometimes creating completely new industries.
  • p4-Richard_Purcell Championing health and techMuch progress has been made in tackling diseases around the world in recent years. However, there is growing evidence of antimicrobial resistance, which is thwarting efforts to improve health.
  • Clipboard-in-his-hand-doctor-iStock-539834092.jpg The impacts of climate change on healthAccording to the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly a quarter of worldwide deaths and disease burden are owing to environmental factors. As the environment changes as a result of climate change, what will happen to health?
  • Questioning standardsI write to express a mixture of sorrow and anger at the dismal attempt by the IFoA's chief executive to justify the new TAS 100. He writes in his monthly column (The Actuary, September 2017, bit.ly/Actuarytransition): In raising the TAS requirements to a higher level of principle, it makes sense at the same time to broaden their scope.
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