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Preparing for the Exam Rock : Dave Strugnell

So how does one cope with this? How does one structure a sensible approach to the remaining exams? How does one make sure those hours spent studying really count in the end?
At the request of the ASSA Academy, Dave Strugnell will address these questions, and some recent qualifiers will share the secrets of their success, too.

Converting a DC pension pot into a retirement income stream: Dr David Knox

Traditionally DB schemes provided pensions (sometimes indexed) and retirees had little to worry about,
provided the scheme was well funded or the employer was able to maintain long term support. However, as
pension scheme design is now changing around the world with the growth of DC arrangements, many retirees
face the bewildering task of ensuring that their lump sum lasts as long as they do. There is no simple answer.
The decumulation process is much more complex than the accumulation years. Dr David Knox will reflect on
the Australian experience, where there has
been a compulsory DC experience for 24 years, and the tensions
and options that providers, retirees and regulators face.

The Life Assurance Committee - Francesco Nagari

The Life Assurance Committee: Sessional meeting where Francesco Nagari provides an update on the IASB Staff’s progress in drafting of the new standard (likely to be named IFRS17) and the likely next steps and timing from here. He also talks about some of the more recent conceptual developments since the 2013 Exposure Draft and speculate on some of the business and financial impacts these decisions will have.

The Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, 2015 (“TLAB 2015”)

The Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, 2015 (“TLAB 2015”) was passed by the National Assembly on the 27 November 2015 and then later passed by the National Council of Provinces on 1 December 2015.
The TLAB 2015 has been proclaimed in the Government Gazette on 8 January 2016 and is now the Taxation Laws Amendment Act of 2015 (“TLAA”).

Data Science / Business Intelligence Sessional Meeting: Part 2

The Wider Fields Practice Area is intended to cover new and emerging fields of practice where actuaries through their particular skill-set and/or experience could play a leading role. The Wider Fields Practice Area Committee seeks to both recognize and promote awareness of the existence of such practice areas among members. Speakers Machiel Kruger - Predictive modelling using survival data mining (Part 1) FC de Vos - Advanced analytics on a shoestring (Part 2)

Nicola Comninos (Head: Equities, Equity Derivatives & BI JSE)

Investment Seminar: Nicola Comninos, Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), heads up Equities, Equity Derivatives and Business

Intelligence at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). She is currently responsible for Equities and

Equity Derivatives product management, market and product innovation, client partnerships and new

business origination as well as the JSE Business Intelligence function. She is the business owner of the

JSE Equity Market and Equity Derivatives Markets Trading Advisory Committees, sits on JSE Retail

Advisory Committee and is a trustee of JSE Pension Fund. Nicola also holds B.Com Honours Investment

Management (Cum Laude) and B.Com Investment Management (Cum Laude) degrees . She was

previously employed as an Investment Consultant at acsis Limited and an Assistant Actuary at mCubed


Tom Plaistowe (Senior Executive: Infrastructure and Development Assets OMIG)

Investment Seminar: Tom is currently responsible for the appraisal, analysis, and portfolio management of infrastructure and

development assets for the Old Mutual Group. He is Chairman of the African Infrastructure Investment

Managers (AIIM), a company jointly owned by Old Mutual Investment Group and Macquarie Bank,

which manages a range of infrastructure funds. He is a Director of Setsing Financial Services and the

Community Growth Management Company, both asset management companies. He is chairman of the

N3 Toll Concession Company and a director of Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concession Company,

Railway Systems (Zambia), New Limpopo Bridge and Rainprop.

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