My First Impressions at the CAS

It has been a great first two weeks here at the CAS; the welcome from the staff has been incredible. I remain humbled by the opportunity I have been afforded to help represent such an amazing organization. Whether it be through my formal orientation with the staff, hallway conversations, or grabbing a bite to eat … Read more »

The CAS Trust Scholarship: Expanding its Reach and Impact in the P&C Actuarial Industry

Fall is upon us again, and university students have been back in the classroom for a few weeks now.  With the new academic year also come exciting changes to the CAS Trust Scholarship that will not only increase the awards available for college students, but also help position the CAS as the premier actuarial society … Read more »

3 Highlights from the CAS Leadership Summit

Over September 5-6, more than 80 Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) leaders, both staff and members, converged in Baltimore for the annual Leadership Summit and related activities. The first day , CAS Vice Presidents hosted in-person meetings with their respective committee chairs and staff. Later that night Leadership Summit attendees networked and socialized at  a baseball … Read more »

Highlights from the August 2019 CAS Board of Directors Meeting

In an effort to help CAS members understand the role of the Board and the strategic issues the Board is addressing, we will be providing updates after each of the in-person Board meetings through our blog. This is the first in what will be an on-going series of blog posts. As you review the highlights, … Read more »

Rating Variables, Educative Statements, and the I.I.I.

The CAS and the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.) recently released a white paper on the use of rating variables to develop insurance premiums. As a member of the CAS Public Relations Advisory Committee and a contributor to the paper, I would like to give you a little behind the scenes information about some of the … Read more »

What is CAS Student Central and How Can it Benefit Your Future Employees?

When I decided that I wanted to pursue actuarial science back in 2006, student resources were scarce and expensive. In fact, I was the one that told my professor that the first exam was no longer calculus (and hadn’t been since 1999). On top of that, information about the property and casualty career path was … Read more »

The Future of Credentialing for Catastrophe Risk

Over the past thirty years catastrophe risk management has grown into a critical part of insurance risk management. The power, rigor and importance of the discipline is clear from the fact that insureds, insurers, reinsurers, regulators and investors all use catastrophe models and the same basic analytic risk management paradigms. The discipline has revolutionized how … Read more »

Publishing Research Through the CAS

The CAS Reserves Committee is currently reviewing papers submitted to our non-technical reserving call paper program. Our call for papers  (annually or bi-annually) provides a smooth path for budding authors to publish their work, since the committee provides a guiding hand at every step of the way: Once an author’s proposal is accepted, the author … Read more »

2019 CAS Spring Meeting: President’s Perspective

The 2019 CAS Spring Meeting in New Orleans has just concluded! As expected, it was a great meeting with tremendous presentations on a wide variety of topics. The CAS offered lots of opportunity to learn, discuss, and expand your knowledge while earning CE credits. The CAS also recognized 60 new Fellows and 253 new Associates. … Read more »

Exploring the Complex Relationship Between Math and Music

Music is expressive, it is simultaneously immediate and timeless, diverse yet universal. Music can lift us to a higher form of communication. (Think of humans and aliens learning to communicate at the end of “Close Encounters.”) And – like most human experience – music is also very mathematical. A caveat- there is a danger in … Read more »