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General insurance

  • May births & deathsIt is with great regret that we announce the death of the following members. We offer our condolences to their families and colleagues. 09 May 2019
  • Professional skills webinarWhat do we mean by 'speaking up' and 'whistleblowing'? Is there a difference? 09 May 2019
  • Marathon Marathon in memoryRegular charity runner Charles Cowling recently completed one of the world's six marathon majors, Tokyo, with son and actuarial student Tom. 09 May 2019
  • Drivers unhappy with dual pricing ©Shutterstock Loyalty doesn't pay in motor insuranceHalf of motorists think it should be unlawful for insurers to charge existing customers more than new customers for the same cover. 01 May 2019
  • p20-21_IKON_tightrope_62460236 Taken to excessYiannis Parizas discusses an alternative approach to modelling excess levels in regressions 07 March 2019
  • New Swiss insurance deal ©Shutterstock UK and Switzerland agree post-Brexit insurance dealThe UK and Switzerland reached an agreement to allow free trade between each other's insurance sectors post-Brexit at the World Economic Forum in Davos last Friday. 28 January 2019
  • p26-26-Crop-Insurance-Indian-women-at-harvest-Alamy--D8GE65.jpg Cultivating crop coverDavid Dror on the new methods that are shaking up insurance in low and middle-income developing countries. 08 November 2018
  • ©iStock Capital modelling gets agilePaul Maitland explains how an agile approach can benefit insurance risk models. 08 November 2018
  • The transition brings considerable uncertainty ©iStock LIBOR reform: A seismic shiftHetal Patel, Cyprian Njamma and the IFoA working party on LIBOR reform discuss the process and implications of transitioning away from the scandal-hit benchmark rate. 11 October 2018
  • iStock-529135690-[Converted]-2 How many sides to your triangle?Justin Thomas and Amit Parmar discuss the impact of a variable Ogden discount rate on actuarial methodology. 06 September 2018
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Actuaries in general insurance

Actuarial involvement in general insurance has grown significantly in recent years. Nowadays, general insurance actuaries might help insurance companies estimate the reserves they require for future claims as well as identify the other management information they need.

Actuaries will also work on rating insurance products in areas such as motor and household insurance where large volumes of data exist. In other fields, they will advise building societies on the capital requirements for their own insurance companies, and advise reinsurance companies on their rates for 'excess of loss reinsurance'.

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