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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries


  • p18-19__dominos_IKon_11980048 An orderly transitionIn a follow up to their October article, Simon Richards and members of the IFoA Working Party on LIBOR reform give feedback on the latest consultations and explain their potential consequences 07 March 2019
  • New valuation expectations ©iStock TPR publishes guidance for scheme valuationsThe Pensions Regulator (TPR) has today published guidance outlining how it expects employers and trustees to approach upcoming scheme valuations. 05 March 2019
  • Investors positive about Brexit ©iStock Majority of private investors see Brexit 'opportunity'More than half of private investors in the UK view Brexit as an opportunity, with the overwhelming majority confident about the outlook for their investments. 04 March 2019
  • Record FinTech investment recorded ©iStock Global FinTech investment doublesFinancial technology investment more than doubled across the world last year, with the UK and US both enjoying record levels of fundraising. 01 March 2019
  • New equity release mortgage modelling ©Shutterstock ARC considers alternative models for Equity Release Mortgage calculationsThe Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) has proposed a new model that better reflects historic UK house prices for equity release mortgage calculations. 25 February 2019
  • "Increasing maturity" in ESG development ©Shutterstock Investors report growing interest in sustainable developmentEnvironmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are becoming increasingly important to investors worldwide, an annual survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has found. 19 February 2019
  • DC funds urged to change their "impatient" approach ©Shutterstock Illiquid assets could boost pension pots by 10%Defined contribution (DC) pension scheme members could enjoy a 10% boost to their savings by adding illiquid assets to their default investment strategies, new research has found. 18 February 2019
  • Climate risk to pension savings ©Shutterstock FTSE 100 pension schemes 'highly exposed' to climate changeFTSE 100 companies are leaving their workers' pension savings highly exposed to the potential impacts of climate change, research from ShareAction has revealed. 15 February 2019
  • fig-1 Dynamic discountingCorporate bonds provide a good matching investment strategy in a defined benefit pension scheme, says Sathish Umapathy but a new approach to discounting the liabilities is needed 07 February 2019
  • p28-29_ikon_62000041-(1) Keeping promisesSimon Brimblecombe examines issues around actuarial assessment of social security retirement schemes. 07 February 2019
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Actuaries in finance and investment

Finance and investment actuaries work in many areas, including institutional, equity, bond, real estate and other investment.

Investment today centres around the capital markets: that is, stock and bond markets, and currency, property and derivatives markets.

Many actuaries are involved in day-to-day activity in these markets (on behalf of their clients or employers), while others advise on the longer-term characteristics and implications of different investment stances.

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