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Life insurance

  • What 2016 told us about death What 2016 told us about deathMatthew Edwards looks at the most interesting pieces of mortality news of 2016, both in the UK and internationally Thursday, March 9, 2017
  • Dementia Is dementia really on the rise?Carl Campbell seeks to uncover whether dementia-related mortality is deteriorating, as well as the potential impact on critical illness (CI) insurance claims Thursday, March 9, 2017
  • p30-32-Endgame--Chess-pieces--Superstock--1795R-34810  With-profits endgameWith-profits funds are in terminal decline, and many are closed to new business. But these funds will need careful management over their remaining lifespans, says Tim Sheldon Thursday, February 9, 2017
  • web-p26-27-Unit-Businessman-under-three-tiered-umbrella--Ikon--11591106.jpg Tailoring guaranteesDavid Macdonald discusses how new hedging techniques are increasingly being used by life insurers to deliver unit-linked guarantees Wednesday, February 8, 2017
  • P25 ILS: Redefining the capital management landscapeLuca Tres and Paul Whiting discuss the redefining of the life insurance capital management landscape Thursday, November 3, 2016
  • p26-27-Price-optimisation--People-ascending-on-stairs-in-Mountain--Ikon--10360119 If the price is right for lifeAdvanced pricing techniques are commonly used in motor insurance. Alastair Black and Alan Clarkson explore how they are starting to be used in the life industry Thursday, October 6, 2016
  • Old man pondering Over-50s find 'funeral plan' products misleading, says website leaderAshley Shepherd, managing director at later life website Over50choices.co.uk, has called on the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to act over what he considers are misleading insurance advertisements aimed at the over-50 age group. Thursday, October 6, 2016
  • Pounds and Euros © Shutterstock MPs to consider changes to Solvency II following BrexitThe Treasury Select Committee has launched an inquiry into Solvency II, a harmonised EU-wide insurance regulatory scheme, following the UK's decision to leave the EU. Tuesday, September 13, 2016
  • A woman working while holding a baby © Shutterstock Industry bosses join forces to tackle women's underinsuranceSenior executives across the insurance profession have created a committee to examine the risks faced by women. Monday, September 5, 2016
  • Blood test © iStock Insurers and charities join forces to tackle HIV misconceptionsThe Association of British Insurers (ABI) has produced a guide to raise consumer awareness that life insurance products are available to those living with HIV. Thursday, July 28, 2016
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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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