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 »

CAS’ Continuing Diversity Efforts

Led by the CAS Diversity Committee, the CAS continues to ramp up efforts to promote diversity and inclusion within the actuarial profession. Last year, we organized or supported a number of signature events, such as: Our general session on diversity and inclusion (D&I) at the 2018 Spring Meeting, Presentations by the International Association of Black … Read more »

Are You Qualified?

Earning the ACAS designation is a great accomplishment. Your college education, hundreds of hours of studying, and maybe a little exam luck have earned you a valuable accreditation for work in insurance and other industries. The question you should now ask yourself is “What does a CAS designation allow me to do?” If you work … Read more »

Overcoming the Insurance Talent Gap

You’ve likely heard about the talent gap facing the insurance industry. The gap was detailed in a 2018 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics; it found that there would be over 200,000 open positions in the industry by 2022 due to an aging workforce. Since that time, our industry is experiencing unprecedented change brought … Read more »