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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries
Thursday 02 April 2020


  • Derek Cribb Support network for overseas studentsI have spoken before about lower exam pass rates outside the UK and our commitment to supporting these learners in their path to qualification.
  • Create an open-door environment in the office ¬©Ikon Take the strain off of workersMike Blake explores the impact of workplace stress, and suggests some measures employers should be taking to tackle the issue.
  • Francesco Sebastian The key to longevityAccording to Prince, the musician, the key to longevity is to learn every aspect of music that you can.
  • Assisted suicide: a need for compassionRoy Colbran in The Actuary, July responds to Tony Ratcliff's challenge for the profession to think about assisted suicide, making the case in favour on the basis of personal autonomy and also as a cost-saving measure.
  • Assisted suicide: not the profession's roleThe earlier responses to Marjorie Ngwenya's April article on the need to explore the implications of increased longevity (Antony Ratcliff, June, and Roy Colbran, July) both support the legalisation of assisted suicide (AS) as a partial solution.
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman Book review: Thinking, Fast and SlowI want you to really think about this: two life offices write exactly the same type of business in the same geographies, to the same target market, with the same sales channels, operating for the same length of time, with the same product features.
  • Jules Constantinou The actuarial profession: spread the wordI envisage my role of president as facilitating the creation of an environment where members and staff of the IFoA can all work together with a single focus to secure the future of our profession.
  • Derek Cribb A fair assessment of the FRCFor over a decade, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has provided regulatory oversight of the IFoA in the UK, through our mutual agreement following the Morris Settlement.
  • What about tolerance?Your article How's your risk appetite? (bit.ly/2MwlphA) rightly draws attention to the importance of defining clear, relevant and practical risk appetites before undertaking risk management.
  • Derek Cribb Derek Cribb: A world of differenceThis month's edition of the magazine has an international theme, and I wanted to use this as an opportunity to draw focus to some of the IFoA's recent global activity and plans.
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