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Is there really a gender pay gap for actuaries?

In this guest post on Actuarial Eye, Julia Lessing analyses the statistics on remuneration for actuaries – is there a gap between men and women? Certainly the headlines suggest there is a gap, as evidenced by an article sent to Jennifer Lang by at least five people. But what is causing it? Julia goes behind the headlines.

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A History of British Actuarial Thought

Craig Turnbull, Investment Director at Standard Life Investments (UK), recently published the book 'A History of British Actuarial Thought'. In this book, Craig illustrates the development of the actuarial profession within each of the three key practice areas of life assurance, pensions and general insurance.


Aftershock: Can ‘model change’ impact the real economy in New Zealand?

Alexander Pui discusses the interaction of catastrophe modelling, under-insurance, credit ratings, and interest rates. He warns of the potential spiraling of under-insurance that could be triggered by a higher evaluation of earthquake risk in New Zealand.


Reinventing life insurance underwriting

After a frustrating visit to a financial planner to reassess his life insurance cover, Angat Sandhu considers issues in the life insurance underwriting process and how the industry might “retain the soul, but design a new body”.


Mindfulness and meditation for actuaries

Milton Lim, actuary at Taylor Fry, spent a year travelling and meditating at retreats. In this article, he shares with us what he's learnt about mindfulness, meditation and emotional intelligence.

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2017 Look Ahead Calendar

The 2017 calendar is already filling up with exciting seminars, dinners and courses. Take a look at the 2017 Look-Ahead Calendar to save the dates.


Actuaries Digital download and print edition December 2016

Welcome to our round-up of the articles posted on Actuaries Digital during November 2016.


Practice Update videos now available

The Actuaries Institute has just released the first collection of Practice Update videos! See what each committee has been up to and also earn CPD points.


Looking Back or Looking Forward - President’s Column

2016 is coming to an end, as well as President Lindsay Smartt's appointment at the Actuaries Institute. In this final column, he reflects on the past year and also shares his hopes for 2017.


David Morrison, 2016 Australian of the Year on ‘Empowering Leadership’

[VIDEO] In anticipation of the 2017 CPD Tour, we interviewed General David Morrison AO, 2016 Australian of the Year, who shared his thoughts about leadership and the key themes for the tour.

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Construction of detailed correlation structures across GI business segments

In this article, Benjamin Avanzi, Greg Taylor, and Bernard Wong from UNSW have teamed up to illustrate the uses of large-scale correlation structures in General Insurance.



In this editorial, Trang Duncanson reflects on the past year, especially as an active life insurance practitioner. She also shares her top five points to help us reflect on 2016, just in time for Christmas.

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The Critical Line: Volume 9

Welcome to the ninth and final volume of The Critical Line for 2016! Chris Ebbs and Jevon Fulbrook have prepared a cryptic puzzle about an actuary at a Christmas party.


Welcome to New Members

A warm welcome to the Institute’s newest members in Australia and overseas.

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2016 Actuary of the Year Sarah Johnson celebrates with new Associates and Fellows at the Sydney Celebration and Networking Dinner

Tuesday 29 November was truly a night of celebrations. Not only were our Sydney graduates awarded their qualification certificates as Fellows and Associates, but after being announced 2016 Actuary of the Year last month, Sarah Johnson was officially presented with the award.


Young actuaries share their views on GIS2016

In this article, six young actuaries come together to share their experiences and takeaways from GIS2016.


GIS2016 Wrap up

GIS2016 was a truly thought provoking and relevant seminar for those in the general insurance industry who are constantly faced with challenges, especially around big data and cyber risk. This article wraps up the two day seminar that was held this month.

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The Critical Line: Volume 8

December is upon us, and with that Dan Mayoh has brought us an instalment of the Critical Line that has nothing in particular to do with Christmas. Christmas is for friends and family, but puzzles are for everyone year-round!

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Analysis of HSC Scaling

Martin Mulcare recently contributed to Jennifer Lang's blog 'Actuarial Eye' with an article about scaling in the HSC. How does scaling work and how can students use it to their advantage?


Actuaries Digital download and print edition - November 2016

Welcome to our round-up of the articles posted on Actuaries Digital during November 2016.