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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries
Tuesday 23 April 2019
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Opinion

  • Derek Cribb Inconsistencies in our constituenciesRecently, and what seems to have been more frequently than in any other decade, we have taken ourselves to the ballot box at a national and local level, exercising our right to make our voices heard. Certainly in the last few years, we have seen the unexpected (or expected in some cases) occur based on the will of the people. In some of the more notable and historically altering elections, the outcome may have been decided by a disillusioned electorate tired of what they are presented with.
  • p9-12-Update--International-Convention-Centre,-Birmingham-Shutterstock--198519566 A change would do you good?John Lim looks ahead to the 2017 Life Conference to be held in Birmingham, UK in November, in a year of great transformation
  • Diversity and fellowsI saw with interest that no females were nominated for honorary fellow this year. The IFoA now has 119 honorary fellows dating back to 1977, of which 10 (8%) are female. Honorary fellows are eminent individuals in business, academia and government.
  • Derek Cribb Turning uncertainty into opportunityIn political terms, we certainly are living in interesting and unpredictable times. As a profession we have spent the past five years building our public affairs reputation through helping policymakers understand uncertainty.
  • p4-Richard_Purcell Going globalIn a world that is increasingly interconnected we have seen the profession take great strides to grow, better serving members and stakeholders, wherever they are based around the globe.
  • istock_578592768 Animal spirits' vs the efficient market hypothesisAlex Waite asks whether actuaries are evolving to remain relevant in their economic predictions
  • Derek Cribb Recognising our global reachIt is a pivotal and exciting time at the IFoA. We have formed a joint venture with the Society of Actuaries to promote the Certified Actuarial Analyst, a gateway generalist qualification, on a global scale.
  • Colin Wilson Leading the wayA year ago, I closed my presidential address with these words from Thomas Edison: If we do what we are capable of, we will astound ourselves, and subsequently I have focused on what the IFoA can do to enhance our collective thought leadership.
  • p4-Richard_Purcell Actuaries doing their bitAt a recent event I was reminded that there are about 4,000 members who volunteer for the IFoA, almost 15% of the profession. It's quite a staggering number really, and underlines just how big a part members play in driving our profession forward.
  • JUNE_SOAPBOX An automatic enrolment wish listWill Wynne suggests some changes the UK government should make under its automatic enrolment review
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