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Is a national insurance scheme to tackle the longevity problem the answer? - Opinion

David Rush examines Paul Keating's recent suggestion of a national insurance scheme to tackle the longevity problem, and puts forward a different solution - allowing for more aggressive investment, a regular premium, with-profits, and pure endowment.

Survey reveals surprising social networking preferences of actuaries

Recently, the Social Networking Actuaries Group (SNAG) asked members about their preferences for social meet ups. Bill Konstantinidis highlights survey findings and the committee's goals. 

General Insurance and Trust – is there a role for Actuaries?

The issue of consumer trust has attracted significant attention in the financial services industry in the last year or two. Here, Estelle Pearson offers her view on why this evolved to be the case and gives a glimpse into how the role of actuaries may potentially need to adapt to help foster trust again in the general insurance industry.

Actuaries Digital download and print edition - October 2018

Welcome to our round-up of the articles posted on Actuaries Digital during October 2018.

Climate Change Blog - October 2018

Welcome to the fourth instalment of the Climate Change Blog, an article series that aims to cover news and events related to climate change and relevant to actuaries and the industries they advise.

The Future of Life Insurance

The world is constantly evolving and changing, and that includes the insurance industry. What are these trends, what does this mean for insurers and actuaries alike, and what do we need to be aware of when relying on “robots”?

The view from a start-up perspective: Is competition broken? How can it be fixed?

Insurtech, fintech and disruptor are the new buzz words. Ask John Connor a few years ago what these words meant and he would have pictured a mix of bohemian tech-savvy hipsters in a trendy office, a place not for the traditional actuary. He was wrong, there are many actuaries working in fintech and insurtech start-ups.

Ethical challenges of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been described as the 4th Industrial Revolution. Here, Dr Attracta Lagan, leading Australian business ethicist and advisor to Boards and CEO’s, explores some of AI's ethical challenges.

The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

Members are aware that Royal Commissioner Hayne has delivered an interim report of findings on September 28. This report does not cover insurance or superannuation matters which will be included in the final report, scheduled for release on 1 February 2019.

Dipping into Diversity – ‘sound bites of thought’ – From tick boxes to genuine inclusion

Here, Helena McGeorge, Member of the Institute’s Diversity and Inclusion Working Group, discusses an article on inclusion and authenticity in the workplace.

Diversity and Inclusion, how can we make a difference?

In a recent conversation with Suzanne Patten, Justine Whitaker, the Senior Manager at IAG for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, shared her views and practical tips of how we all can make a difference.

Under the Spotlight - Simon Guthrie

Read about Simon Guthrie's colourful career as he moved from non-traditional actuarial work in industry to academia, where he is now a Senior Lecturer at Macquarie University. He shares his personal thoughts including some useful insights for the next generation of actuaries.

President's Report to Members - September 2018 Council Meeting

President Barry Rafe covers the key issues discussed and the decisions made at the Actuaries Institute Council meeting held on 3 September 2018.

Actuaries Digital download and print edition - September 2018

Welcome to our round-up of the articles posted on Actuaries Digital during September 2018.

Changing minds - CEO Column

Elayne Grace CEO reflects on biases, the need to truly listen and the importance of creating space where new evidence can grow.

Climate Change Blog - September 2018

The third instalment of our Climate Change Blog summarises news relating to physical risk – an area which is never out of the news for very long. David Hudson covers crop insurance, increasing rain storms in Australia, floods, and physical risks in banking and much more.

When analytics projects go wrong - Normal Deviance

Many organisations have seen big-ticket analytics projects turn into a morass of expense, confusion and lacklustre results. While some mistakes are unavoidable, there are ways to make the best of such experiences.

Under the Spotlight - Daniel Cooper

This week, Head of Consulting and Research at Lorica Health, Daniel Cooper goes Under the Spotlight. The former gridiron quarterback shares details of his actuarial journey and how he balances work, family and fitness.

Under the Spotlight - Annette King (Councillor)

Councillor Annette King describes herself as a leader, future-focussed, client and people-centred, change agent, energetic and authentic. Read about how all these qualities are reflected in her professional and personal journey as an actuary. 

History of AI Winters

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a very popular topic in the media now, but the concept of AI was first proposed almost 70 years ago. What happened in the AI research community over this time period and why did it take so long for the breakthroughs to occur? Milton Lim looks at the booms and busts of the AI industry over the years.

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