CAS Members and Banking – A New Career Path for Some

The CAS Innovation Council has been working with CAS leadership to explore opportunities for actuaries to work in banking. Background In November of 2016, South African actuaries published the article titled “SA formalize the role of actuaries in banking.”  In the article, the author shared that South Africa’s banking industry employs over 300 actuaries. Michael … Read more »

Let’s All Visit Jupyter

The actuarial workflow typically looks like this: you complete an analysis in a spreadsheet, then you paste the chart into a word-processing document. If you want to make a change to the math, or the data, that copy-and-paste step must be repeated. It’s easy for the two (or more!) documents to fall out of sync, … Read more »

High School Actuarial Day at DePaul University: Building a Diverse Pipeline for the Profession

The first High School Actuarial Day was held on April 18 at DePaul University in Chicago, led by the CAS. Our goal was to expose high school students of color to the actuarial profession. We partnered with DePaul and were joined by the SOA, The Actuarial Foundation, the International Association of Black Actuaries, the Organization of … Read more »

Celebrating National Volunteer Week: Why I Volunteer for CAS

I come from a family of volunteers. My sister and I grew up volunteering alongside our parents at church, at school, and at our community theater. With this background, I was so excited to be asked to serve as an officer in our CAS regional affiliate in Texas after I attained my ACAS credential. When … Read more »

Malaysia: Opportunity Knocks

I really enjoy travel, whether for work or pleasure (or even better, combining work and pleasure).  When I first visited Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a few years ago, I was immediately attracted to this vibrant capital city.  There was so much to love: the diverse architectures and neighborhoods, ranging from some of the tallest buildings in … Read more »

Communities of Interest

One of the most interesting parts of any actuarial meeting or seminar is when experts in the field have the opportunity to have an off-the-cuff discussion, letting ideas fly back and forth. Audience members may even muster the courage to take part in the dialogue themselves. Some of the best exchange of ideas comes from … Read more »

How Well Does Hollywood Know Actuaries?

We’ve all been there.  Every actuary has experienced it: seeing a character in a movie, or a television show, or maybe even a play, who is ostensibly an actuary. Likely they have one or two personality attributes that while perhaps rooted in reality, are emphasized way out of proportion. Uh oh – I’m having a … Read more »

On the Road with the CAS President: My Visit to USAA

One of the things I enjoy the most about serving as the CAS President is meeting with our members. CAS members are passionate about the organization and they ask me challenging questions. Our high level of member engagement makes the CAS especially strong. This was evident again during my recent visit with approximately 70 of … Read more »

In Remembrance: CAS Contributor Richard A. Derrig, PhD

Richard A. Derrig, PhD passed away peacefully in Providence, RI on February 8, 2018.  Dr. Derrig, also known as Richard to those who knew him, was a prolific and long-time contributor to the CAS as an academic member. Richard earned his B.S. in Mathematics from St. Peters College, and his Masters and Doctoral degrees from … Read more »

Mango Talks Professionalism [Podcast]

Podcasts are the most effective educational innovation since the printing press. That’s big talk! Formal learning channels teach you a lot but nothing matches the power of a good conversation for realizing the deepest insights. How many of us are fortunate enough to spend time with superstars? Podcasts are full of awesome people in exactly … Read more »