Life Insurance

Behavioural economics and fraud under microscope at IDSS

Fraud poses a critical risk to the sustainability of injury and disability schemes across Australia. Ahead of the 2017 Injury and Disability Schemes Seminar (IDSS), Hugh Miller outlines where fraud risk will be discussed in the Program, as well as opportunities to improve outcomes in the industry through behavioural economics.

AASB 17 Insurance Taskforce Update – September 2017

The previous AASB 17 Insurance Taskforce update on insurance contract accounting implementation looked at the BBA Drafting Group and particularly focused on the issue of coverage units. This time, its focus falls on the Variable Fee Approach (VFA) work-stream, headed by David Rush.

IDSS to tackle mental health and insurance challenges

Mental health is a key theme at this year’s Injury and Disability Schemes Seminar (IDSS). Here, Hugh Miller outlines some of the issues - including exercise benefits, best practice claims management, and secondary harm - that will be explored by speakers in depth.

Scratching the surface of economic transition in China

Since the Life Insurance and Wealth Management Sub-committee put together the first instalment of their China Series in March this year, Henry has had the opportunity to experience Chinese culture first-hand, by spending a week there in June.

The ADI 2007-11 Table in Practice

After attending last month's Insights Session on Australian Disability Income Table, Graham Kelly provides a comprehensive overview of the session that covered implementation, key learnings, strengths and cautions. 

Reflections on the AASB17 Implementation Taskforce’s Member Insights Session

Trang Duncanson reports on the AASB17 Implementation Taskforce’s Member Insights Session last week.

Longevity Risk: Old Age is Getting Even Older

This student column, by Barry Sun from Macquarie University, delves into the issues surrounding longevity risk. Barry tells us what longevity risk is and summarises the work that is currently being carried out by academics and insurance professionals.

Simple Products

If it takes nine hours to read the online contract for Kindle e-readers, and this is considered simple compared to current insurance contracts, have we gone wrong somewhere? Robert Kerr explores the benefits and drawbacks of increasingly complicated insurance products.

IFRS 17 Taskforce Update - July 2017

With the finalization of the long awaited IFRS17 global accounting standards in May 2017, the Institute of Actuaries IFRS17 Implementation Taskforce will be updating its members monthly on its activities.

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Thinking about life insurance through a genetic lens

Our ability to predict disease risk based on genetics is rapidly advancing. What does this mean for life insurance? Jessica Chen and Damjan Vukcevic share insights from their presentation at the Actuaries Summit 2017.

War Stories from Life Insurance Actuaries

Rickie Fong and Anna Byrne have prepared a recap of the recent insights session, 'War Stories from Life Insurance Actuaries', presented by Greg Martin, Richard Lyon and Grant Peters. The three presented a compact survival guide for fighting corporate wars.

Under the Spotlight: Helen Troup

In this edition, Managing Director at CommInsure, Helen Troup, discusses her upcoming speech on 'Thinking Differently about Customers' to the Actuaries Summit in May; how her actuarial training has helped her career; and what she finds interesting in her current role.

Are we prepared for the ‘futurist’ actuary?

Trang Duncanson reflects on “Futurist” Mike Walsh’s keynote speech at the FSC Life Insurance Conference and ponders our readiness for the near future ‘non-human’ actuary.

China - Too big and inefficient to ignore

The Life Insurance and Wealth Management Sub-Committee has put together the first instalment of their China Series. This article introduces the series, highlighting the economic environment in China and some implications for the future.

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Pre-Budget Submission - 2017/18

The Actuaries Institute’s Pre-Budget Submission encourages timely Government action to introduce and promote Comprehensive Income Products for Retirement (CIPRs); facilitate the rationalisation of life insurance legacy products; and implement stronger risk mitigation measures to protect against the potential impacts of climate change.

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.

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”.

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.

Insurance Contracts IFRS enters the Home Straight

In this article, IASC Convenor Grant Robinson illustrates the historical developments of a common way of reporting insurance contracts which started in 2005. He also shares details of future plans and potential impacts of the new process.

A Claim Pairing Approach to Measuring Superimposed Inflation

There are many ways of measuring superimposed inflation. In this article, Aaron Cutter of Finity explains how to measure superimposed inflation by pairing claims that ‘look-a-like’ - a technique adapted from home price inflation techniques.

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