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General insurance

  • p32-33-Meeting-in-Watercolour--Istock--855195688 The art of quantum negotiationKaren Walch, Stephan Mardyks and Joerg Schmitz describe predictive intelligence and the art of quantum negotiation Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • David Braun David Braun interview: Risk and rewardDavid Braun, managing director and fixed income investment manager at PIMCO, is an actuary with a strong background in insurance and risk, experience which he says is invaluable when running investment portfolios for insurance companies. Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • p17-19-Actuary-Cover-2 The cost of catastrophesJunaid Seria looks back on 2017, a record year for devastating weather events Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • Sarah Winkless MBE © Peter Searle Sticky floors & glass ceilingsSarah Winckless talks with Stephen Hyams about Project AMP, the newly launched mentoring programme for aspiring female actuaries which helps to support their career paths Thursday, February 8, 2018
  • FINAL-BUTTERFLIES4-©-Richard-Gleed- Margins for errorPaul Huber and Nick Kinrade explain how risk margins used in Solvency II and IFRS 17 should be understood and calibrated Thursday, February 8, 2018
  • iStock The road to balanceThe UK government is to increase the Ogden discount rate to counteract the 2017 reduction, which caused motor insurance and reinsurance premiums to rise significantly. Mohammad Khan, Sundip Mistry and Andrew Corner explore how uncertainty around this change affects insurers Thursday, February 8, 2018
  • Avoiding-crisis-iStock-646809156 Sponsored feature: Nine steps to avoiding a reporting crisisMany insurers' existing reporting processes have become increasingly unworkable and unsustainable as stakeholder pressure has grown, a state that will only intensify with new IFRS 17 accounting regulations Thursday, December 7, 2017
  • Old-wooden-abacus-iStock-645092600 IFRS17: Changing standardsGarry Smith and Richard Purcell investigate what the new accounting standard, IFRS 17, means for the insurance industry Thursday, December 7, 2017
  • Illustration A good gigKaren Brolly considers what effects new technology and the gig economy could have on UK insurance and savings products Thursday, December 7, 2017
  • p24-Protection-iStock-483893822 Getting it togetherAndrew Lowe explains why an industry-wide contributory claims database would be invaluable for commercial property insurance Thursday, November 9, 2017
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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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