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Curriculum 2019
Curriculum 2019 Review

Following the April 2019 exam sitting, the first under Curriculum 2019, we take a look at the changes and how they affect employers, managers and actuarial students (and report on another fine set of results for APR students).

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Champions League All English Ties
Champions League – All English Ties?

With the first legs of the 2019 Champions League quarter finals about to kick off, what were the chances of an all-English tie when the draw was made, or indeed two, or none at all. The maths behind calculating these probabilities is relatively straightforward, but what about simulating the various scenarios in a model?

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IFRS 17 Discount Rates
IFRS 17 – Dis-count Dracula

In this month’s IFRS 17 article Ajay Kotecha looks at the final building block in the set – the time value of money (or effect of discounting), including what the standard says about the methodology to use and some of the complexities around calculation.

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Teach First Futures Scheme
Making Use of a 1% Charitable Causes Scheme – Teach First Futures

APR offers all employees 1% of their work time to support “a good cause such as a voluntary organisation or to a local community project”. Adam Smith describes how he made use of this allowance to support the Teach First Futures scheme.

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IFRS 17 refresher
IFRS 17 – The Story So Far

Over the course of 2018 we posted a number of articles aimed at introducing the key features and concepts of IFRS 17 to help Nearly / Newly Qualified Actuaries get to grips with this new accounting standard. Our next article looking at discounting will be out shortly, but in the meantime we thought it might be helpful to give a brief summary / reminder of the articles published so far.

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IFRS 17 Risk Adjustment
IFRS 17 – The Risk Adjustment Bureau

Having got to grips with the Contractual Service Margin, in our latest IFRS 17 article we look at the Risk Adjustment – another building block which is designed to cover the usual variability of future cash flows around the best estimate over the lifetime of a product.

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APR exam results autumn18
Another Fine Set of Exam Results

All of the results from the autumn actuarial exams are now in, and with an overall pass rate of over 75% across all exams sat the results for the Autumn exam season have seen APR’s staff demonstrate their quality once again.

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APR Charity Day 2018
APR Charity Day 2018

On 30 October 2018, 22 APR staff, contractors and three partners raised a record sum of £10,738 for five charities of their choice simply by attending work that day. Read more about this year’s APR Charitable Initiative here.

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IFRS 17 EFRAG Issues
IFRS 17 – Issues Raised in Recent EFRAG Meetings

European Insurers have raised a number of concerns over the new IFRS 17 accounting standard to the IASB. At the beginning of September, the EFRAG Board sent a letter to the IFRS Foundation listing the issues that required further thought – we take a look at some of these issues.

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MiFID II – Costs & Charges Disclosure (Or: How I learned to balance complexity with clarity)

On a recent client project, Chris was introduced to the EU directive MiFID II. In this article he explains the scope and remit of the directive and discusses his experience of producing MiFID II disclosure statements, thereby demonstrating the importance of balancing complexity with clarity.

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