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General insurance

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  • p26-27---Relay-Baton--iStock-476438256 The wide-ranging implications of IFRS 17The new accounting standard for insurance contracts, IFRS 17, will have wide-ranging implications for (re)insurers, and many firms are preparing for significant changes to their business operations Thursday, June 8, 2017
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  • Huw Evans Flying the flag for insuranceHuw Evans, director-general of the Association of British Insurers, talks to Yves Colomb and Richard Purcell about Brexit, rebuilding public trust and going digital Thursday, February 9, 2017
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  • Andrew Brem The digital revolutionaryAndrew Brem, chief digital officer of Aviva, talks with Richard Purcell and Stephen Hyams about the challenges of digital transformation to create a better customer experience Thursday, December 1, 2016
  • P32 Getting into the fast land with driverless carsTim Marlow examines the complex issue of liability for the drivers of autonomous vehicles Thursday, November 3, 2016
  • Cover-Hour-Glass_02 Diffusing the demographic time bombDr Chris Ball looks at how an ageing population can be supported to work longer to encourage the benefits of extending employment lives Thursday, November 3, 2016
  • Shutterstock Cancer - a diagnosis for the futureKarin Neelsen describes new technology to diagnose cancer and how this is likely to affect pricing and claims handling in insurance Thursday, November 3, 2016
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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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