Category Archives: Communications

An Actuary’s Guide to Working from Home

For many CAS members, social distancing requirements have changed work/life balance for at least the next few weeks. Many of you are learning how to deal with an extended work from home period for the first time.  For some folks that means they are alone; others may be dealing with spouses, roommates and kids of … Read more »

COVID-19 and the P&C Insurance Industry

Property casualty insurance is an interesting beast. Whereas life, health and pension are defined by what they cover, P&C – as a label – scarcely does justice to its scope. At a moment like this, it seems more fitting to apply the more apt, if nebulous, term “general insurance” to consider how actuarial practice will … Read more »

Highlights from the November 2019 CAS Board of Directors Meeting

In pursuit of the Board’s efforts to serve and communicate with the members, this is another installment in our on-going series of blog posts summarizing highlights from CAS Board of Directors meetings. We hope that these posts help CAS members understand the role of the Board and the strategic issues the Board is addressing. As … Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Speaking at Society Symposium was Super

Last month I spoke at the Society of Actuaries 2018 Analytics Symposium in Minneapolis. The experience was a delight. Because it was an SOA conference, I had expected that at times I would feel confused or missing critical background, but there were very few instances of this. Several presentations may have meant more to me … Read more »

Challenges to the Casualty Actuarial Profession 2018

In previous years I’ve posted about some of the challenges facing the property and casualty actuarial profession. In 2018 we are facing a new, unique set of challenges, and I invite your thoughts on a few relevant topics: Big Data Recently, actuaries have been inundated with the availability of big data. We now have the … Read more »