News & Views
2021 – Are You Prepared for the Sustainability Agenda?
What impact will climate change have on insurers? James Robinson explains why it should be a priority issue. He discusses the types of risk posed and the actions insurers can take. He also considers the relevant regulation and timescales.
September 2020 Exam Results
The September 2020 exam results have now been published and APR staff achieved a 74% pass rate across all exams taken. In this article, Ajay Kotetcha compares our performance with the industry average.
Catastrophes – The Challenges of Man-Made Cats
Covid-19 is expected to cost the global insurance industry well over $100 billion and the pandemic will no doubt prompt (re)insurers to review the risks they are exposed to, particularly with regards to catastrophes (‘Cats’). In this article Rob Givens gives a brief overview of the different types of Cats, explores the challenges that man-made Cats pose for (re)insurers and summarises some of the key considerations when dealing with man-made Cats.
APR Charity Day 2020
This year’s APR Charity Day took place on 26 November, and we smashed last years’ totals, with 38 staff and 7 contractors combining with the APR partners to donate £16,857 across five different charities selected by our staff. Find out about how it works and the charities we are supporting here.
APR 2020 Qualifiers – Skill or Luck?
It is commonly accepted in actuarial circles that passing all your professional exams first time is quite an achievement. In 2020 APR boasted three qualifiers who did just this and it prompted our study co-ordinator to dust of his hypothesis testing kit and carry out a little bit of statistical analysis to test if this feat suggested that they were exceptionally good students or if they just got lucky.
Work Experience at APR: The Mini Actuarial Academy
Applications for APR’s 2021 Mini Actuarial Academy are now open. In this article, we talk through our mini academy and what it offers, including a review of our summer 2020 instalment and some thoughts on the challenges of delivering this virtually.
Password Encryption in VBA
How can spreadsheets be better protected? John Nicholls explains some key cryptography concepts, then proposes a VBA solution to this problem, which allows individual logins and multiple access levels.
Recruitment and Onboarding in a WFH World
In this article Sammy Ford shares her thoughts on the challenges, and opportunities, of recruiting and onboarding new staff in a WFH world. Some of our recent starters also give their top tips for making the most of a remote induction process.
Happy Black History Month from APR!
In this article, to celebrate Black History Month, Curtis Anderson sharing some thoughts on what Black History Month means to him, and its relevance to education. He also speaks to the chair of the Diversity Advisory Group to discuss the future of diversity and inclusion within the actuarial profession
The impact of the pandemic on where and how we work
How has Covid-19 changed the way actuaries work? In this article we first discuss some of the main impacts: the good, the bad and the challenging. Then we have a gaze into our crystal ball and put forward our views on how the way we work will have changed once the pandemic is over.