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Appointed or C-Suite?

Institute President Lindsay Smartt shares some thoughts on the current review of the Appointed Actuary role.

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Under the spotlight: Don Johnstone

Director at Deloitte, Don Johnstone simply describes himself as a global citizen with a thirst for adventure. Read on to find out about his interesting hobbies, impressive work experience and personal thoughts.

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2016 GI Glimpse seminar highlights

Following its success last year, the Actuaries Institute hosted the GI Glimpse seminar for the second time on 3 August 2016. Targeted towards the Institute’s younger members working in the general insurance industry, this half-day seminar aims to provide a snapshot of the topical issues currently faced by the general insurance industry. This year, the seminar focused on three topics: innovation, data analytics and cyber risk.

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The Objective of Superannuation - letters to the Editor

Geoff Dunsford writes in about the Actuaries Institute letter that provided feedback to the Government on its March Discussion paper on the Objective of Superannuation.

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Better Recovery through Neuroscience

An understanding of basic neuroplasticity could help make our worker’s compensation claims systems less harmful and more sustainable. Rob Aurbach outlines his award-winning research paper.

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Insurers in Quest of the Perfect Heart Attack Definition

Earlier this year Australian life insurers were in the spotlight, allegedly using “out-dated” medical definitions in their Trauma policies. As a consequence, many insurers review(ed) their medical definitions and claims management practices, with particular focus on the definition for heart attack.

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"Perfectionism is our biggest weakness" Ian Pollard tells Leadership Seminar

[VIDEO]: One of our greatest collective weaknesses is a strive for perfectionism and imposing that on others, pioneering actuary and Rhodes Scholar Ian Pollard told delegates at the Institute's Leadership Development Seminar on Monday (8 August).

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Inspiring new generations of leaders

Chris Scheuber shares practical insights from the 2016 Actuaries Institute Leadership Development Seminar.

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AI needs actuarial intelligence

Actuarial skills in experimental design could shape the way artificial intelligence (AI) works and drives business innovation, a Seminar in Sydney has heard.

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What Insurers can learn from Pokémon Go!

Actuarial analyst Amy Li outlines some of the weirder headlines flowing on from various brands and insurers jumping on the Pokémon GO bandwagon, and how the ‘gamification of exercise’ and augmented reality could transform insurance.

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The Critical Line: Volume 5

Welcome to the next instalment of the Critical Line! Continuing with the games theme of his previous blackjack related puzzle, Dan Mayoh turns our attention this time to the game of Mastermind.

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Do Actuaries have the skills to be Chief Analytics Officers?

Actuaries have the mathematical, statistical and programming skills to take a company’s data to the next level. But how do their skills align to current Chief Analytics Officer (CAO) roles, and what courses are on the market to help actuaries them bridge the gap? Bill Konstantinidis investigates.

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Wealth Management Investment Competition 2016-2017

In this year’s Investment Competition we asked you to act as an Investment Analyst / Economist and respond to 20 demanding propositions. The competition closed for entries on 15 July. We had 163 participants who were looking to help their Portfolio Manager boss and to win bragging rights (and some fantastic prizes) across the Actuarial profession!

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9 things I learned after becoming an actuary

Actuaries Digital Editor Kirsten Flynn reflects on nine things she’s discovered since starting her actuarial career.

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Citius, Altius, Fortius: How can actuaries reinvent themselves?

With the Rio Olympics around the corner, the Olympic motto “Citius, Altius, Fortius” (Faster, Higher, Stronger) offers a topical yet trenchant inspiration as to how actuaries should be critically examining their roles, careers, and potential. Marc Mer, Magnolia Aspiras, and Kaise Stephan consider this, especially in light of the APRA consultation paper on the role of Appointed Actuaries.

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Under the Spotlight: Jia Yi Tan

Jia Yi Tan is the Senior Manager, Pricing Master Trust, and currently seconded to the product and account management area of Industry Funds at CommInsure. She has always dreamt of becoming an actuary since she was fifteen and is passionate about making a positive difference to organisations, the community, life insurance industry and the world!

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DAT203x: Data Science and Machine Learning

How long has the concept of Data Science been around and what are the best tools available for mining 'big data'? A new MOOC coordinated by the Actuaries Institute's Data Analytics Working Group presented the latest knowledge in this exciting field. Course participant Kriti Khullar AIAA, reports.

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Actuary Entrepreneur - Kevin Lin, FSF2016

Kevin Lin presented the paper 'Actuary Entrepreneur' at the 2016 Financial Services Forum. His experience in developing a child care business was used as a case study and this article highlights a couple of situations where actuarial techniques were key in making decisions.

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Fiscal forecasting and climate change

The Climate Change Working Group (CCWG) was formed in January 2016 with the goal of supporting the Actuaries’ Institute Public Policy position on climate change. Our aim is to promote the application of actuarial skills, including quantification of risk, cost-benefit analysis, and long term financial forecasting, to climate change-related issues.

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Actuaries as Entrepreneurs – Have you got what it takes?

Are you radical? Visionary? A risk-taker? Then the common perception is you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur. But is there more in the make-up of an entrepreneur than just these characteristics, and can they be learnt or must you be born with them?