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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries
Wednesday 29 January 2020


  • Francesco Sebastian Surviving changeProfessor Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest thinkers of our time, sadly passed away in March. His research on gravitational singularity changed the orbit of theoretical physics and cosmology. And his non-conformist personality earned him a place in our hearts.
  • Marjorie Ngwenya Time to tackle an age-old issueWe live in societies that celebrate longevity. In the UK, reaching the age of 100 is commemorated with a congratulatory message from the queen.
  • Derek Cribb Seen and heardThe actuarial world is developing at a fast pace with regard to technology, business areas and geography.
  • p12-13-Opinion-Pound-coin- EIOPA not careless but complacentThe IFoA Risk Margin working party gives its view on risk margin, possible future changes and the review of its purpose
  • Francesco Sebastian Variety showNever think that lack of variability is stability. Here, Nassim Nicholas Taleb flags a cognitive bias that affects how many of us perceive risks.
  • Derek Cribb Charting a courseThe IFoA's strategy was published in June 2016. The refresh reflected five years of global, industrial, political and economic change, and reset the future direction of the organisation.
  • Online-insurance-services-concept-iStock-683187592 A data-enriched journeyIan Betley assesses the increasing importance of insurtech in the industry
  • Marjorie Ngwenya Fighting for a fair futureAmong the aims of this year's International Women's Day, which falls on 8 March 2018, is a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
  • Marjorie Ngwenya Inspiring aspirationsThe end of one year and the start of another is a time when many of us reflect on what we have achieved and what we've still not checked off the list of the previous year's aspirations. It is only when we look back that we truly appreciate how much we have accomplished and experienced in the year.
  • Derek Cribb Taking stock to focus on the futureJanuary is when I take stock of where we have been, and think about where we are going. On reflection, I am very proud of the progress we made in 2017, against a backdrop of global uncertainty and unprecedented continuing political change. Being a relatively small profession, our agility enables us to not only weather the storm but also to harness uncertainties as an opportunity for innovation and positive change. Last year was the first full year with our refreshed strategy, which seeks to ensure the sust
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