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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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IFRS 17 – On Her Majesty’s Secret Contractual Service Margin

Having given an overview of the building blocks approach in our last IFRS 17 article, this month we look in a bit more detail at the contractual service margin, a new concept introduced by IFRS 17 as a means of smoothing the projected profit of an insurance contract over its duration.

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IFRS 17 - Building Blocs
IFRS 17 – The Building Blocks Approach

We’ve previously considered why IFRS 4 wasn’t ideal in terms of insurance company profit reporting, and given a brief introduction to its replacement IFRS 17. In this month’s article we look at IFRS 17 in a bit more detail, starting with the Building Blocks Approach.

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Drivers of demand 2018
Emerging Drivers of Demand in 2018

2018 has got off to a fast start – we have already seen a high level of demand from clients in a range of areas, and are anticipating a very busy year. We look at some of the factors fuelling this demand.

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Training services
An Overview of our Training Services and Actuarial Bootcamp

Over the past two years, APR has provided training services to the actuarial staff of nine clients across the Life and GI sectors, primarily in the core technical areas of Excel and VBA; building on the success of these courseswe are now expanding the range of training we are able to provide to clients.

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CAA experiences
CAAs at APR – our experiences so far

It is now approaching a year since APR employed our first CAA-level Actuarial Analysts, so we thought this would be a good time to share our experiences, look at how our CAA cohort might develop and, not too shamelessly, give a bit of a sales pitch to potential clients and analyst recruits.

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EUSprig Conference
EUSprig 2018 Annual Conference

Chris Nash gives us his report on this years EUSprig (European Union Spreadsheet Risk Interest Group) Conference. It was here that he attended a series of lectures on a variety of spreadsheet related topics such as developing spreadsheets with three or more dimensions and whether or not digital natives are spreadsheet natives.

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Once again APR staff excel in exam results

APR’s staff have provided another fantastic set of exam results with an overall pass rate of 89%. Roger Austin congratulates all of our staff and highlights some of their exceptional achievements.

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IFRS 17 – A New Hope

Having established in our second article that IFRS 4 has a number of shortcomings when it comes to insurance company profit reporting, the next article in the series gives a high-level introduction to its replacement, IFRS 17, and starts to look at whether and to what extent it will address these deficiencies.

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Five Reasons to Become a Certified Actuarial Analyst

Following the creation of the Certified Actuarial Analyst (CAA) qualification in 2014, APR recruited our first Actuarial Analysts in 2016, and now have four full-time staff working towards this qualification. We look at our top five reasons why choosing to work towards the CAA qualification with APR may be the best place to start a career in actuarial science.

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