Category Archives: Communications

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 »

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 »

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 »

Every Year is an Election Year at the CAS!

The United States presidential election is upon us. As an actuary, I find statistics interesting and recently read that voter turnout rates for U.S. presidential elections has been between 50-60 percent over the past decade. In comparison, here at the CAS, only around one-third of all eligible voters cast a ballot when CAS election season … Read more »

International Picnic Day – More than Your Picnic Basket May Be at Risk

This Saturday marks International Picnic Day! Celebrated around the world, June 18 is the day that people take their food and eat outside, enjoying the fresh air, beautiful sun, and…swarm of insects. Some claim the original concept of a picnic dates back to outdoor medieval feasts held by the nobility. Others assert that picnics came … Read more »

The Staff Actuary’s Blog: The CAS Institute

Not surprisingly, one of the many things I’m helping with, in my month-old position as CAS Staff Actuary, is the development of The CAS Institute and its credentialing programs, beginning with a data science and predictive analytics credential.  This is an initiative for which I was delighted to have cast an approving vote last year … Read more »

Join the Live Stream Event during the RPM Seminar

The Planning Committee for the Seminar on Ratemaking and Product Management (RPM) is excited about providing a live streaming option on Tuesday, March 15, for the RPM seminar. This option provides our members with an additional way to receive CAS Continuing Education Credits in an interactive way, even while being offsite. In addition to the … Read more »

The CAS University Award Program: Celebrating Property and Casualty Achievement

When I was an undergraduate actuarial student at the University of Michigan in the early 1990’s, I didn’t realize that property and casualty actuarial work existed separate and distinct from the life insurance field. In fact, it was the first day of my actuarial internship, the summer before my senior year in college, when I discovered … Read more »

New CAS Institute to Offer Specialty Credentials

As I announced on November 16 at the CAS Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, during the CAS Board of Directors meeting held on November 15, the Board unanimously approved the formation of The CAS Institute, which will provide credentialing and professional education for technical quantitative specialists whose work often overlaps and supports that of actuaries. The … Read more »