Hot Topics

FASS 2019 Annual Hot Topics Conference
The FASS Hot Topics Conference is kindly sponsored by Standard Life, part of the Phoenix Group
Tuesday 5th March 2019
Refreshments from 5:30pm, talks start at 6:00pm (note that for security reasons, entry will not be allowed after 6:00pm)
Standard Life House, 30 Lothian Road, Edinburgh
CPD - 2 hours

The Hot Topics Conference is FASS' flagship talks event and featuring four talks covering a variety of topics. This year, the topics range across climate change, financial wellbeing, IBOR transitions and the "Spanish Flu" pandemic. Whilst these talks are aimed at qualified actuaries and students, anyone with an interest in actuarial and financial matters should enjoy the conference.

The talks will be followed by refreshments and a networking event at Brewdog, Lothian Road.

For the 2019 conference, we are delighted to be hosting the following speakers:

Sandy Trust, IFOA Resource & Environment Board
Climate change - time to get strategic
Sandy is a senior actuary with a passion for climate change. Having worked across investment, risk management, customer proposition design and brand, his experience has given him a keen interest in how a low carbon economy could pose risks and opportunities for pension funds, investors and financial services firms. Sandy will provide an overview of the physical aspects of climate change, before looking at the economic impacts and how actuaries can respond to these.

Marc Storan, EY
IBOR transition and its impact on financial services
Marc is an actuarial manager at EY specialising in investment advisory, in particular supporting insurance companies with the asset side of their balance sheets. Marc will provide a summary of the upcoming phase out of IBOR rates and the drivers underpinning this reform. He will discuss the global market response to the transition and the impact this has on the financial services industry.

Dr Gordon Woo, RMS
Age-dependence of the 1918 pandemic
Gordon is a researcher, author and catastrophist at RMS, specialising in mathematical modelling of extreme risks and catastrophe insurance. He will discuss the influenza pandemic of 1918 and explore why mortality rates differed between ages. Although the pandemic was a century ago, research into this field has been ongoing and new information has been discovered over the last few years.

Brian Henderson, Mercer
Financial wellbeing: the impact of health and wealth
Brian is a partner and director of consulting at Mercer, specialising in defined contribution savings and individuals' wellness. He will be discussing economic issues in today's world and how these can affect our wellbeing, both financially and mentally.

There will also be a £25 Amazon voucher awarded for the best question asked for each talk.

If you are interested in attending, please do so by signing into your account at the FASS website, or contact Clare/Andrew at the email addresses below. The event is free to all attendees, thanks to the kind sponsorship of Standard Life, part of the Phoenix Group. For enquiries, please contact: Clare McDermott, Head of the 2019 Hot Topics Conference ( Andrew Murphy, Head of the FASS Talks Committee (