Category Archives: Research

ASTIN: Give It a Try!

When I first became an actuary 30 years ago, and again about 20 years ago when I first entered academia and began devoting more time to research, I enthusiastically joined ASTIN, the non-life special interest section of the International Actuarial Association.  I enjoyed receiving the green volumes of the ASTIN Bulletin twice per year, and … Read more »

Nominate Deserving Individuals For the Michelbacher Significant Achievement Award

The Casualty Actuarial Society invites nominations for individuals to be considered for the Michelbacher Significant Achievement Award. The award recognizes an individual who has made significant personal contributions to the advancement of casualty actuarial science and practice. The recipient will be presented with a plaque and monetary award at an upcoming CAS meeting. Nominations should … Read more »

CAS Reserves Committee Inducts Three Papers into Inaugural Class of the Reserving Research Hall of Fame

To both honor and draw attention to certain important reserving-related papers and research, the CAS Reserves Committee has established the Reserving Research Hall of Fame (RRHOF). At the September 2016 Casualty Loss Reserve Seminar, RRHOF’s inaugural class was announced, and we are now seeking your input on future possible inductees. Our criteria for inclusion is … Read more »

The Staff Actuary’s Blog: 2016 Actuarial Research Conference

In the category of U.S. Cities, the answers are: Birthplace of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, and musician Prince. Headquarters of retailer Target, Inc. Location for WJM-TV and Mary Tyler Moore. Site of the 51st annual Actuarial Research Conference. For all of these, the appropriate game-show response would be:  “What is Minneapolis-St. … Read more »

The CAS Launches Research Committee Wikis

Over the past several years, two CAS research committees have developed wikis that are open to CAS membership as well as the general public. They were created with the goal of providing content and learning materials to anyone who is interested. The CAS Open Source Software Committee (OSSC) wiki (http://opensourcesoftware.casact.org/) is the online resource for … Read more »

The Staff Actuary’s Blog: CAS Research Need Not Involve Triple Integrals! (Not that there’s anything wrong with those…)

In this blog post, I hope to accomplish two things at once, both involving CAS research. First, I’m happy to share that we have added a page to the website for our peer-reviewed research journal, Variance, titled “Articles in Press.”  Currently, because of copyediting and the lengthy publication process, we have a collection of accepted … Read more »

New Year, New Ideas!

Have you explored the latest feature of the CAS Online Community? It’s called the Idea Share, and its purpose is to generate fresh, new ideas for research projects! No submission is too big or too small, so if there’s a prospective project that’s been percolating in the back of your mind, we’d love to hear … Read more »

Survey: Are You Thinking Outside the Triangle?

At the CAS Centennial Celebration and Annual Meeting, Don Mango, Dave Clark, Jim Guszcza and I are presenting a session called “Reserving for the Next 100 Years: Thinking Outside the Triangle.” We’re going to talk about whether we’ve been innovative in reserving, and it’s quite debatable. On the one hand, the CAS has over 400 … Read more »

Inside the Latest Edition of the CAS E-Forum

The Summer 2014 – Volume 2 edition of the CAS E-Forum contains five reserves papers written in response to a call for papers issued by the CAS Committee on Reserves (CASCOR). “Combining Estimates,” by Tom Struppeck, provides a methodology for combining two or more estimates into a single estimate. In “The Analysis of ‘All-Prior’ Data,” … Read more »

Risk Premium Project II Database — A Valuable Research Resource

The Committee on Theory of Risk (COTOR) began the Risk Premium Project (RPP) in 2000 with RPP I, which represented an extensive, thorough, and up-to-date analysis of the theory and empirics of risk assessment for property-casualty insurance.  Given the vast development in this field, the RPP II update extended the findings from RPP I with … Read more »