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The IFID Centre organizes and supports conferences on the topic of personal finance, insurance and wealth management. In the past, these events took place at the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Science but, in the future, we will expand our activities and support events taking place in various locations.


For a sample of our past events, please scroll down.


If you are interested in obtaining support for your academic event, please contact our Executive Director.



2016 Annual IFID Centre Conference, organized jointly with the DeGroote School of Business

Theme: The Optimal Household Balance Sheet: Who Has Too Much Debt?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 -- McMaster University, DeGroote School of Business, Ron Joyce Centre, Burlington, ON



Guozhong Zhu (University of Alberta) (co-authors: Vyacheslav Mikhed & Barry Scholnickand)

Personal Bankruptcy Over the Lifecycle


Nitzan Tzur-Ilan (Bank of Israel & Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

The Effect of Loan-to-Value Limits on the Demand for Housing: The Case of Israel


Phillippe d’Astous (HEC Montreal)

Consumption, Debt, and Delinquency Responses to an Anticipated Increase in Cash-on-Hand



2015 Annual IFID Centre Conference

Theme: Tax Efficiency and Retirement Income Planning
Thursday, November 26, 2015 --
Fields Institute, Toronto, ON, M5T 3J1



Runhuan Feng (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

The other side of the table: insurer's modeling of variable annuity guaranteed benefits


Jamie Golombek (CIBC Wealth Advisory Services)

Optimizing Registered Plan Contributions: Is there a right answer anyway?


Huaxiong Huang (Dept of Math & Statistics, York University)

Tax-Efficient Withdrawals, Longevity Risk Aversion and Required Minimum Distributions


Amin Mawani (Schulich, York University)

Tax Efficient Investing

2014 Annual IFID Centre Conference

Theme: Financial and Actuarial Implications of Very Old Age
November 27th, 2014 --
Fields Institute, Toronto, Ontario



Leonid A. Gavrilov (NORC at the University of Chicago)

Determinants of survival to very old age: Role of familial and life course factors


Natalia S. Gavrilova (NORC at the University of Chicago)

Mortality trajectories at very old ages: Actuarial implications


George Graziani (SVP Head Longevity North America, Swiss Re)

Longevity risk- key trends, issues, and opportunities


Les Mayhew (Cass Business School)

On the decomposition of life expectancy and limits to life and some implications for pensions

Presented by: David Promislow (York University)



2013 Annual IFID Centre Conference

Theme: Alternative Annuity Designs
November 28th, 2013 --
Fields Institute, Toronto, Ontario



Jorge Miguel Bravo (University of Évora & Nova University of Lisbon)

Sharing longevity risk in life annuity contracts


Catherine Donnelly (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, U.K.)

The future is not guaranteed: lesser-known relatives of the life annuity


Don Ezra (Principal, Don Ezra Consulting Services)

The Ideal Retirement Annuity: A Personal Perspective


Michael J. Sabin (Independent Consultant, Sunnyvale, CA)

Fair Tontine Annuity



2013 Mini Conference
June 14th, 2013 --
Fields Institute, Toronto, Ontario



Thomas Post (Maastricht University)

What Makes Investors Optimistic, What Makes Them Afraid?


Moshe Milevsky (York University)

Optimal Retirement Tontines for the 21st Century: With Reference to Mortality Derivatives in 1693



2012 Annual IFID Centre Conference

Theme: Withdrawing Money from your Nest Egg

Fields Institute, Toronto, Ontario -- November 22nd, 2012


Wade D. Pfau, Director, Macroeconomic Policy Program

Associate Professor, Economics, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

An efficient frontier for retirement income


Anthony Webb, Economist, Center for Retirement Research, Boston College

Should households base asset decumulation strategies on required minimum distribution tables?


Marie-Eve Lachance, Associate Professor, Finance, San Diego State University

Roth versus traditional accounts in a life-cycle model with tax risk


Thomas Salisbury, Professor, Mathematics and Statistics, York University

Optimizing variable annuity income (Optimal Initiation of a GLWB in a Variable Annuity: No Arbitrage Approach)


2011 Annual IFID Centre Conference: Annuity Day

Toronto, Ontario -- November 24th, 2011

Mark Kamstra, Schulich School of Business, York University

'The Annuity Duration Puzzle'

Raimond Maurer, Finance Department, Goethe University Frankfurt
'Optimal Purchase of Life and Longevity Risk Insurance Products for Retired Couples'

Alessandro Previtero, Richard Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario
'Stock Market Returns and Annuitization. A Case of Myopic Extrapolation'

Gabriele Stabile, Methods and Models for Economics, Territory and Finance (MEMOTEF), University of Rome
'Pension Planning and Investments under Transaction Costs'

2010 Annual IFID Centre Conference: Models for Lifecycle Finance, Insurance & Economics (LIFE)
Keynote Presentation by Professor Menachem Yaari
Toronto, Ontario -- October 28th, 2010


Menahem Yaari (Hebrew University)

Larry Kotlikoff (Boston University)
Implementing the Yaari Model in Practice

Sherman Hanna (Ohio State University)
Positive vs. Normative Approaches to LifeCycle Saving and Spending Decisions

Stan Pliska (University of Illinois at Chicago)
with Discussion by Scott Richard (Wharton, University of Pennsylvania)
Optimal Life Insurance, Consumption and Investment

Takao Kobayashi (University of Tokyo)
with Discussion by Tom Salisbury (York University)
Human Capital and Asset Allocation

Siu F. Leung (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)
with Discussion by Huaxiong Huang (York University)
Consumption and Annuitization

James Feigenbaum (Utah State University)
with Discussion by Jim Davies (University of Western Ontario)
Is it Really Good to Annuitize?

Svetlana Pashchenko (University of Virginia) (Ph.D. Paper Award Winner)
with Discussion by Tom Davidoff (University of British Columbia)
Accounting for Non-Annuitization

2009 Annual IFID Centre Conference: Retirement Income Analytics
Toronto, Ontario -- November 25th, 2009


Eytan Sheshinski, Hebrew University
'Recent Innovations in Annuities'

Michael Sherris, University of New South Wales
'Securitization, Structuring and Pricing of Longevity Risk'

Nabil Tahani, York University
'Targeting Retirement Odds: Better Approximations with Higher Sustainability'

Ph.D. Student Paper Award Winners:

Luis Goncalves-Pinto, USC Marshall School of Business
'How Does Illiquidity Affect Delegated Portfolio Choice?'

Kim Peijnenburg, Dept of Econometrics and Operations Research Tilburg University
'Optimal Annuitization with Background Risk and Equity Exposure During Retirement '


IFID Centre/Ibbotson Associates Conference on Guaranteed Living Income Benefit (GLiB) Insurance Products
Chicago, Illinois -- November 11, 2008

Moshe A. Milevsky; "Who Buys Guaranteed Living Income Benefits (GLiBs) and Why?"

John O Brien; "The Retirement Investing Challenge"

David F. Babbel; "Un-Supermodels and the EIA"

William Reichenstein; "Withdrawal Strategies to Make Your Nest Egg Last Longer "

Peng Chen; "Retirement Income Planning: A New Efficient Frontier and Outcome Based Investment Strategies"

IFID/MITACS Conference on Financial Engineering for Actuarial Mathematics
Toronto, Ontario -- November 9th & 10th, 2008

    Erhan Bayraktar; "Proving the Regularity of the Minimal Probability of Ruin via a Game of Stopping and Control "

Sid Browne; "Active portfolio management: investment goals and portfolio constraints (or how to invest, if you must)"

Steven Haberman; "The Lee-Carter Mortality Model for Mortality Dynamics: Recent Devlopments "

Sheldon Lin; "Pricing Perpetual Catastrophe Put Options and Related Issues"

Michael Ludkovski; "Optimal Risk Sharing under Distorted Probabilities "

Manuel Morales; "On a New Generalization of the Expected Discounted Penalty Function"

Ragnar Norberg; "Management of Financial and Demographic Risk in Life Insurance and Pensions "  

Annamaria Olivieri; "Developing a Stochastic Mortality Model for Internal Assessments " 

Shige Peng; "On Risk Measure via Gaussian Distributions under Model Uncertainty" 

Gordon Willmot; "Generalized penalty functions in dependent Sparre Andersen models "   

4th Annual IFID Centre Conference -- May 31st, 2005

     Jeffrey Brown; "The New Retirement Challenge"

Phelim Boyle; "Variable Annuity Guarantees"

William Reichenstein; "Non-qualified Guarantees in After-tax Optimizations"

Chester Spatt; Discussion of "Non-qualified Guarantees in After-tax Optimizations"

Lowell Aronoff; "An Exchange for the Canadian and US Payout Annuity Markets"

Garth Bernard; "Successful Product Innovation: Taking Concepts to Market"

Paul Kaplan; "Asset Allocation with Annuities for Retirement Income Management"                

3rd Annual IFID Centre Conference -- April 28, 2004

Roger Ibbotson,  Lifetime Advice: Asset Allocation, Life Insurance & Payout Annuities

Harry Marmer, "Lessons from Capital Market History"

Laurence Booth, "Retirement Models"

Malcolm Hamilton, "The Risks and Returns for DB & DC Pension Plans"

Kristen Moore, "Optimal Asset Allocation and Ruin-Minimization Annuitization Strategies: The Fixed Consumption Case"

Ashraf Al Zaman ,"Asset Location and Allocation with Multiple Risky Assets"

Francesco Menoncin, "Mortality Risk and Real Optimal Asset Allocation for Pension Funds"

Raimond Maurer, "Betting on Death and Capital Markets in Retirement: A Shortfall Risk Analysis of Life Annuities versus Phased Withdrawal Plans"

Susan Thorp, "Annuitization and Asset Allocation with HARA Utility"

Chester Spatt, "Diversification and Capital Gains Taxes with Multiple Risky Assets"

Alexander Melnikov, "Hedging Methodologies in Equity-Linked Life Insurance"

2nd Annual IFID Centre Conference -- November 21, 2002


James Poterba (Economics, M.I.T.), "After-tax Benchmarks for Individual Investors"

Chester Spatt (Carnegie Mellon University), "Optimal Asset Location and Allocation with Taxable and Tax-Deferred Investing" (with R. Dammon and H. Zhang)

Terrance Odean (University of California-Berkley), "Recent Developments in Behavioral Finance"

Michael Stutzer (University of Colorado), "The Ratings Game: What is the Risk in Risk-Adjusted Mutual Fund Returns?"

Svein-Arne Persson (Norwegian School of Economics), "Mortgage Financing: To Fix or To Float?"

Joao Cocco (London Business School), "Household Risk Management and Optimal Mortgage Choice" (with John Campbell)


1st Annual IFID Centre Conference -- September 24, 2001


Richard Roll (UCLA)

Zvi Bodie (Boston U.)

Robert Brown (U. of Waterloo)

Pauline Shum (York U.)

Ted Cadsby (CIBC)

Mark Warshawsky (TIAA-CREF)

Mike Orszag (Watson Wyatt)

Larry Kotlikoff (Boston U.)