The Critical Line - Volume 12

Jevon Fullbrook brings us this month's Critical Line challenge, with a puzzling Easter-egg hunt!

Presidents Column – Sharing experiences at the Presidential Dinners

Jenny Lyon reflects on the recent Presidential Dinners held around Australia and draws some lessons from how actuaries outside the main financial centres in Australia are working flexibly, across a diverse range of fields.

Under the Spotlight: Tyson Johnston

Tyson Johnston, Director of Business Development and Strategy at Pacific Life Re, is a hardworking and motivated actuary - whether it be in the office, on the bike or in the gym. Here, Tyson goes Under the Spotlight to share his personal passions and wisdom as an actuary.

Bridging the gap between students and industry

Actuarial students often graduate equipped with technical knowledge but lacking in soft skills and industry exposure. This student column by Travis Barr from Monash University, details what actuarial students can do to get ahead and gain industry exposure during uni.

Get Excited for the Young Actuaries Conference!

2017 Young Actuaries Conference is designed to help young actuaries “Get the Edge” in their career. The conference aims to shed light on specific skills young actuaries need to adapt and build a successful and purposeful career. Victoria Gao reports.

Mortgages 2017: Finding focus in a complex market

James Hickey, Partner at Deloitte Actuaries & Consultants, discusses affordability and mortgage pricing based on the Deloitte Mortgage Report 2017.

Ensuring the financial sustainability of the NDIS

Sarah Johnson, Scheme Actuary for the NDIS and the 2016 Actuary of the Year, explains what defines financial sustainability in the NDIS insurance model and the role of actuaries in maintaining it.

5 minutes with Kitty Chan 陳潔心 - Actuaries Liaison Manager, Asia

We sit down with Kitty Chan, the Actuaries Institute’s new Liaison Manager based in Hong Kong to learn about her experience as an actuary, and outside the profession.

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InsurTech – what, where, why?

Angat Sandhu outlines the major sectors and geographies 'Insurtechs' are playing in, revealing their potential to impact insurance customer experience, distribution and data analytics, as well as partner with and disrupt the industry.

Netflix – Redefining Creativity

Netflix was one of the first online streaming services and is by far the most popular, but is that all it deserves credit for? By tracking what visual and aural triggers you respond to, Netflix have taken content creation and promotion to the next level. Macquarie Uni actuarial student Abhishek Maran explores the role of data tracking in Netflix’s creative success.

Under the Spotlight: Helen Troup

In this edition, Managing Director at CommInsure, Helen Troup, discusses her upcoming speech on 'Thinking Differently about Customers' to the Actuaries Summit in May; how her actuarial training has helped her career; and what she finds interesting in her current role.

Actuaries Digital download and print edition - March 2017

Welcome to our round-up of the articles posted on Actuaries Digital during March 2017.

Under Water: The U.S. National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorisation

The U.S. National Flood Insurance Program is due to expire this year. As Congress currently carries out the reauthorisation process, Rade Musulin,Vice President of Casualty of the American Academy of Actuaries and CEO of FBAlliance Insurance, tells us about the program and discusses reforms Congress is considering for the future.

Normal Deviance – Getting started in analytics

Welcome to Actuaries Digital’s new (semi-regular) column about data analytics! Here, Hugh Miller, Senior Actuary at Taylor Fry, will explore common questions about analytics, and occasionally, answer them too.

Are we prepared for the ‘futurist’ actuary?

Trang Duncanson reflects on “Futurist” Mike Walsh’s keynote speech at the FSC Life Insurance Conference and ponders our readiness for the near future ‘non-human’ actuary.

An Introduction to iCare, the "social insurer"

Despite the rain the room was full when Dai Liu presented an Introduction to icare Insights Session at the Institute on 16 March, 2017. Jamie Reid reports on an informative session about the largest general insurance service provider in Australia.

Robotic Process Automation – Revolutionising Service Provision

In the midst of constant technological change and development, acceptance, awareness and adaptation is key to survival and staying ahead. In this article, Malvi Jethwa from Curtin University discusses the impact of Robotic Process Automation.

Climate Related Financial Disclosures - The Way Forward?

Member of the Climate Change Working Group, Wayne Kenafacke discusses the recent recommendations report from the G20’s Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures.

Analysts at Atlassian and LinkedIn take out Actuaries Kaggle Competition

A trio of former work colleagues ‘the Nelson Boys’ won the 2016 Actuaries Kaggle Competition to predict the cost of motor vehicle accidents on Victorian roads.

Under the Spotlight: Victoria Gao

In this issue, Victoria Gao goes Under the Spotlight. She is Assistant Product Analytics Manager at Commonwealth Bank, new member of the Actuaries Digital Editorial Committee and member of the Young Actuaries Conference Organising Committee. Victoria is a passionate actuary, not only about her career but also about art, movies and literature.