Standing on the precipice

Following the recent Financial System Inquiry, Australia appears about to embark on a period of innovation in the retirement income sector. Georgina Hemmings draws insights from the UK annuities market to discuss ways to use mortality and interest rate assumptions to achieve a better outcome for retirees.

The Changing Face of General Insurance

From driverless cars to claims “big data is nothing new”, from telematics to robotic exoskeletons and the impending effect on actuaries, this General Insurance Seminar held a mirror up to Australia's insurance industry and called for change. David Gifford reviews a jam-packed One Day event.

New members meet at Institute

The Institute welcomed 19 new members last month. While the eastern seaboard was glued to State of Origin Game 1, new members gathered at Institute HQ to mark their first steps into an actuarial career. Juanita Jamsari reports.

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Viral Singapore Math Problem

Arun Isaac looks at why one complex and niche logic question from a Singaporean Maths Olympiad was shared and viewed by millions of social media users.

Taking the Lead at the Actuaries Summit

A snapshot of the plenaries, concurrents and networking that went on at this year's Actuaries Summit by members of the Organising Committee.

Tech and telematics poised to transform insurance

VIDEO: Speakers at the Changing Face of GI Seminar warned of the pitfalls in investing in legacy products at the expense of innovation and failing to harness the value of 'unstructured, volatile and real-time' big data.

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Flying closer to the sun – the new drivers of decarbonisation

Pension funds, investment managers and now global insurers and energy companies are preparing for a carbon-free future – and we actuaries must do the same.

Scientists uncover evidence of large earthquakes under central NZ

Scientists have, for the first time, discovered direct geological evidence of a “subduction earthquake”, and it suggests these events may be more frequent that previously thought. Paul Somerville of Risk Frontiers discusses the latest findings.

Project Management Skills – Your Career

Project Management – now that’s a buzz word we always hear! But do we, as actuaries, associate that skill with ourselves?

Seven Healthy Sessions at the Summit

Nicholas Stolk overviews seven sessions presented on private health insurance and related topics at the Actuaries Summit 2015.

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Environmental risks from a fixed income investor perspective

Yen Wong, Manager Credit in the Global Fixed Income team for Colonial First State Global Asset Management, describes the integration of environmental, social and governance issues into the credit analysis and investment process.

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The times suit us …

As the Institute steps up its efforts on public policy, CEO David Bell reflects on the importance of the actuarial profession’s contribution.

Project Management: the art and science of making things happen

VIDEO: Trang Duncanson on what makes a strong project manager and she uses those skills in her role as Head of Actuarial, Insurance, at National Australia Bank (NAB).

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Actuarial Insight into Ebola

The World Health Organization recently declared Liberia free of the disease that has claimed more than 4,700 lives in the country, but officials say ending the Ebola outbreak entirely will prove difficult. Actuary Jennifer Lang points to interesting implications for insurers.

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Votes sing for Australia in Eurovision 2015

Eurovision fever swept over the equator to Australia last weekend, as for the first time, our great country was somehow allowed to compete in the world’s most televised glitterfest. Arun Isaac reports.

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Summit through Young Actuary eyes

Young actuary and PwC consultant Ruby Huang reflects on the hot topics and her networking experience at the 2015 Actuaries Summit.

Welcome to New Members - April 2015

Welcome to those members that joined between February and April.

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Appointed Actuary Role Review

The role of the Appointed Actuary went under the microscope last week as members packed into the Institute Forum to hear a panel discussion with Deputy Chairman of APRA, Ian Laughlin, along with Brett Ward, Jamie Reid and Hoa Bui.

Highlights of Gala Dinner and Day Two at the Actuaries Summit

Up early for Day Two of #ActSum, delegates gathered to hear about the career highs, lows and lessons of distinguished actuarial leaders as well as new breakthroughs in cancer treatment and data analytics.