Actuaries will be central to insurers’ preparations for SII

January 2016 marks the introduction of Solvency II, the new European wide methodology which will be used to maintain a safe and robust insurance industry capable of meeting its obligations to policyholders. With this new regime being introduced in just 17 months’ time, insurers haven’t got long to finalise their preparations. The scope of change is significant and will result in a much greater demand for actuarial skills. For a start, actuaries will need to provide the core actuarial function that all insurers require. Actuaries will also need to fulfil additional roles, including understanding and building appropriate models to help firms assess what their business might look like under different scenarios.

Revolution Not Evolution: AE for GIP

In a landmark series exclusive to Actuarial Post, Canada Life’s Paul Avis sits down with Editor Ellie Burns to put forward his ground-breaking argument on automatic enrolment for GIP. In the first of three Q&A’s, Paul highlights why AE for GIP is so urgently needed for the market, individual and employer and why it should be regarded as the priority benefit.

What took you so long, George?

With the now well quoted “Let me be clear: no one will have to buy an annuity” the Chancellor focused post Budget commentary on the anti-annuity theme, and the eye watering reaction of insurer share prices following the announcement. The upheaval detracted from the broader more positive message underpinning his proposed pension reforms, which is that properly advised consumer choice will lead to better outcomes for people in their retirement.

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