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Life insurance

  • p20-21_IKON_tightrope_62460236 Taken to excessYiannis Parizas discusses an alternative approach to modelling excess levels in regressions 07 March 2019
  • p26_IKON_motor_HIRES_62460325 What's in a name?Alex Manov looks at the risks involved with named drivers and the questions insurers should be asking them 07 February 2019
  • p22-23_cyber_head_HIRES_SuperStock_1849-624 The rules of engagementAndrew Harley talks to Shona Cotterill, Kiruba Eswaran and Magdalena Ramada Sarasola about the influence of insurtech on the life insurance industry. 07 February 2019
  • p18-19_iStock-943992658-[Converted] Breathing roomReform of the Zinszusatzreserve in Germany is giving a stressed industry the space to recover, says Bernd Heistermann. 07 February 2019
  • Cash-in-capsule-shutterstock_364151255 An easier pill to swallowSebastian Dany and Silke Longoni explain the German Ministry of Finance's new method for calculating the Zinszusatzreserve. 06 December 2018
  • p20-21-communications-iStock-480601281-[Converted]v2 Brave new worldTraditional insurance companies can learn a lot from insurtechs, say Ronald Poon-Affat and Jonathan Hughes. 08 November 2018
  • ©iStock Longevity: Moving into the slow laneAfter consecutive decades of improvement, longevity is stalling. Matthew Edwards looks at the factors involved. 11 October 2018
  • Explosion in e-cigarette usage has brought a new challenge ©Shutterstock How vaping is shaping our healthLittle is known about the effects of e-cigarettes on users' health. Niel Daniels, Mark Paulson and IFoA working party members examine the implications for life and health insurance. 11 October 2018
  • web_hourglass_iStock-108328865.jpg Interpreting mortality trendsChris Tavener considers the implications of a slowdown in mortality improvements for actuarial advice to defined benefit pension schemes. 11 October 2018
  • ©iStock With-profits benefits: In the eye of the beholder?Studies show consumers and providers view a with-profits benefits statement in different ways, so should we be communicating value more clearly? Rosalind Rossouw and Ben Stroud investigate. 11 October 2018
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Actuaries in life insurance

This is a traditional area for actuaries, with the roles evolving as life insurance itself evolves. Classic roles include designing and pricing contracts, monitoring the funds required to provide the benefits promised, and recommending the bonuses to be added to with-profit policies.

 Nowadays, actuaries may also provide expert advice on investment, get involved in the planning and marketing of products, and advise on strategic risk measurement - and so be involved in almost any aspect of a company's activity.

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