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First SIAS Evolution Conference is a great success

On Thursday 20 July, APR’s James Robinson attended the Staple Inn Actuarial Society’s first conference.  Pitched at nearly- and newly-qualified actuaries, the four sessions focussed on soft skills for aspiring actuaries. Read more about this successful event here.

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Structuring Actuarial Models

As actuaries, much of our work will involve building, testing or otherwise working with cash flow models. Joe Barnett looks at some of the pitfalls actuaries can encounter when designing models, and provides some thoughts on how to structure models so that they are as easy as possible to follow, test and maintain within the time constraints often faced.

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More exam success for APR students

Last Thursday’s IFoA exam results completed another solid set for APR’s actuarial students – the overall pass rate of around 75% across a total of 27 exams sat may not quite have reached the dizzy heights of some previous sessions, but nonetheless represented a strong showing and significantly above the national average. Read here about some of the top performers.

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Give a spit – save a life

One of APR’s staff spent a day at this year’s Comic Con at London’s ExCel arena, raising awareness of Anthony Nolan’s stem cell register. Read more about the day, the fantastic work being done by Anthony Nolan and how you can help by “giving a spit”.

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Locum Protection insurance – typical of the challenges facing insurers

Life can be tough as an insurer.  A niche market can be a profitable place to establish a presence but can leave a company vulnerable to changes in the regulatory, political or business environment.  The 2017/2018 General Medical Services contract for GPs, which came into force from 4 April, is a strong illustration of this vulnerability, as it looks set to make redundant much of the Locum cover offered to practices.

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APR Charity Day 2016

Find out how the principles of Effective Altruism inspired APR staff to increase participation in APR’s charitable causes schemes, volunteering by giving up some of their salary rather than their time, raising over £5,500 for a number of charities in the process.

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Inheriting a piece of actuarial code

When researching about being an actuary there is often a lot of explanation about the risk management and mathematical side of the work.  What is often not mentioned is how often actuaries encounter the need to code. Martin Prutton looks at how to avoid some of the pitfalls associated with inheriting (or bequeathing!) actuarial code.

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Reflections on a QRT Project

Kunal Patel shares some of his experiences working on a QRT project at a large insurer, and talks us through some of the key stages involved.

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