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Actuaries in Other Countries 1999 CAS Seminar on Ratemaking Paul Gates-Lane, Clark, Peacock (UK) Mary Frances Miller-Select Actuarial Services Mark Scully-Tillinghast – Towers Perrin Alice Underwood-Zurich Re North America Nashville, March 11-12, 1999
2 Overview of Presentation Introduction and International Overview (MS) Update on Mutual Recognition among International Actuarial Bodies (MFM) European Perspective (AU) The Actuary in the UK (PG) Discussion
3 Overview of Non-Life Actuaries in Other Countries
Actuaries in Other Countries 1999 CAS Seminar on Ratemaking Update on Mutual Recognition of International Actuarial Bodies Mary Frances Miller
Actuaries in Other Countries 1999 CAS Seminar on Ratemaking A European Perspective Alice Underwood
7 The Continental European Insurance Industry Many small, largely self-contained markets. (But how much will the Euro change this?) Several different languages. Various regulatory bodies and sets of accounting standards. No statistical reporting agency such as ISO or NCCI. Quality of companies’ internal systems and data collection varies from country to country. The property-casualty actuarial profession is still relatively “new.”
8 Actuarial Training and Qualifications in Europe Professional requirements vary from country to country exam systems academic degree programs on-the-job-training The ability to speak several languages is extremely valuable. Generally, a greater emphasis on academic education than in the US. (A Ph.D. in mathematics is considered a big plus.) But just as in the US, European actuaries are a very diverse group.
9 Property-Casualty Actuarial Functions in Europe Reserving: historically done by the accountants. Pricing: historically markets had tariff rates, and/or pricing was done by underwriters. Currently actuaries are moving into reserving and pricing roles. Actuarial responsibilities can also include Special data studies Software development Product development
10 Actuaries in the European Company Structure There may not be an “actuarial department” as such. Even if the company has several actuaries, they may be scattered about the organization. There may or may not be a Chief Actuary. Actuaries and/or the Chief Actuary may report to the CEO, CFO, the Chief Underwriter, or to another officer.
11 CAS Actuaries in Europe Taking exams Getting study time Expenses: materials, seminars, fees Exam (or Fellowship) raise, bonus, and/or promotion? Staying in touch professionally Casualty Actuaries of Europe Seminars The internet
12 Some Oversimplifications and Stereotypes: the North American point of View European ActuariesNorth American Actuaries Mathematicians Statisticians Academics “first” Business people “first” TheoryData Over-complicated MathematicsStraightforward Methods
13 Some Oversimplifications and Stereotypes: the European point of View European ActuariesNorth American Actuaries Mathematicians Statisticians Highly Educated American “Educated” Elegant ModelsNumber Crunching Mathematically Sophisticated Unsophisticated
14 But here comes the part you REALLY want to know: what about NON-ACTUARIAL stuff?
15 Language Issues Yes, English is widely spoken. But… You will be much more effective in business situations if you can speak (or at least understand) the local language… better yet, several languages. Probably some of your coworkers will be uncomfortable speaking English. You will almost certainly need to use the local language outside the office. If you don’t speak the language perfectly, this is a limitation. But it’s one you can overcome.
16 Cultural Differences Will vary, of course, from country to country. Possible issues include: Shopping hours (and variety) Women in the workforce and/or at home Formality and informality Other “working style” aspects Meals -- type, length, importance Government agencies “Ugly American” syndrome
17 Lifestyle issues Again the nature and importance of these issues will vary from country to country. But possible considerations include: Married, or single? Children Pets Cost of living Vacation Laundry
18 Bureaucracy Once again these issues are strongly country-dependent: Work permits Other government paperwork The hiring process Notice period Pensions Taxes
19 Potential “Downsides” of Living Abroad Culture shock Language barriers Expense Isolation Professional From family and friends From US politics and popular culture
20 Potential “Upsides” of Living Abroad Travel Vacation Tax savings? Cultural enrichment Developing language skills New solutions to the “two body” problem Isolation from US politics and popular culture
21 General Pointers Set your preconceived notions aside. Learn more about the country you’ll be working in. Topics: as previously mentioned Sources: books, internet, people Brush up on your language skills. Once there, watch and listen to how other people interact. Be patient. Don’t assume that the North American way of doing things is always the best way. (Or at least don’t say that is is!)
Actuaries in Other Countries 1999 CAS Seminar on Ratemaking The Actuary in the UK Paul Gates
23 Actuaries in the UK Belong to these organisations : Institute of Actuaries England, Wales & Ireland Faculty of Actuaries Scotland Others CAS, SoA, CIA, IAA, European qualifications
26 UK Actuarial Demographics Institute of Actuaries Qualified actuaries in the UK = 3,500 Non-qualified actuaries in UK = 2,900 Institute fellows overseas = 1,300 Faculty of Actuaries Qualified actuaries in the UK= 700 Non-qualified actuaries in UK = 400 Faculty fellows overseas = 300
28 Do they need us? Life assurance - statutory role Pensions - statutory role P&C - no statutory role Exception is Lloyd’s Future?
29 Do they want us? P&C Significant growth in 25 years GISG conference attendees in 1984 = 90 GISG conference attendees in 1998 = 350 [GISG = General Insurance Study Group] New areas of work reinsurance companies Lloyd’s managing agencies consultancy start-ups
31 Pricing Role of Actuaries Primary business & reinsurance International flavour in London Data quality varies Market bodies Market information
32 Pricing role of actuaries (2) Casualty US, UK, other countries Medmal, D&O limited outside US Motor UK very large not much US GLIM Reinsurance
33 Pricing Role of Actuaries (3) Marine & Aviation London market airlines, light aircraft, airports, satellites hull, cargo, rig, LMX Property direct (GLIM/stat modelling) catastrophe Financial reinsurance
34 Reserving role of P&C Actuaries Similarities with US same techniques Bornhuetter-Ferguson chain ladder stochastic sometimes even same business! Sparse data sets - “actuarial judgement” Unusual lines of business
35 Lloyd’s Earlier problems APH, LMX, late 80s/early 90s Change in make-up of Lloyd’s regulatory, corporate capital, Equitas Actuarial involvement statutory requirements managing agents Equitas
36 Institute of Actuaries Founded 1848 Professional interest Exams CPD Papers Sub-committees General Insurance Board
37 Training 100 Series actuarial principles 300 Series four practice areas 400 Series specialisation in one area 200 Series communications CPD requirements (practising certificates)
38 Exams Syllabus changes frequently! Currently 9 exams (moving to modular approach) Requires fairly detailed knowledge of four practice areas - specialisation at late stage Coursework less intense Exams questions more random