Tomorrow evening (Thursday 6th June 2013) I have been invited to facilitate a ‘blue sky’ thinking session at Staple Inn with some of the brightest thinkers in the city of London to come up with the subjects and themes that should drive the Finance & Investment research agenda for the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) over the next decade.
Whilst a career as an actuary* was recently ranked as the best job of 2013** I think identifying the right research directions is really important to ensure that the actuarial profession remains relevant, forward looking and at the cutting edge of the finance and investment thinking in the future.
I have 3 questions for you (both actuaries and non-actuaries are welcome to respond):
- What is the most important thing people gain from the actuarial qualification?
- What are the biggest challenges and opportunities facing actuaries in finance and investment firms?
- What do you think should drive the Finance & Investment research agenda for IFoA over the coming decade?
Please reply to this post or email me on [email protected] with your answers, as well as any other ideas or suggestions by 3pm GMT tomorrow (6th June).
Many thanks in advance,
* Actuaries put a financial value on risk – for instance, the chances of a hurricane destroying a beachfront home or the long-term liabilities of a pension.
** The best job of 2013 – CareerCast.com, a career website owned by Adicio Inc., recently ranked 200 jobs from best to worst based on five criteria: physical demands, work environment, income, stress, and hiring outlook. Based on these criteria, a career as an Actuary came out on top. You can find the full ranking here.