Listen in as Rob Frasca and Henry Siegel continue their discussion of the insurance contracts projects of FASB and IASB. They will discuss the basic measurement model that the boards are proposing with a focus on long-duration products.


Listen in as Andy Peterson again has a talk with Vic Modugno. This time the focus is on the impact of insufficient retirement savings on workforce management, a  research project that he recently conducted.

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Category:Pension -- posted at: 11:12am CST

In this episode, Dan Theodore reads from and summarizes "Recent Developments on Policyholder Dividend Accruals" from the May 2012 issue of Taxing Times.

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Category:Taxation -- posted at: 2:49pm CST

In this episode, Dan Theodore reads from and summarizes "Life Settlements: Congress Wades Into The Fray" from the October 2012 issue of Taxing Times.

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Category:Taxation -- posted at: 10:48am CST

In this podcast Rob Frasca and Henry Siegel will discuss the basics of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), such as what is the IASB and what are they responsible for. Also discussed are where the IFRS are required and their status in the United States and which standards are applicable to insurance companies. Rob and Henry will then begin a discussion on the basics of IFRS 4, such as why is it necessary and why is there so much discussion about it. How does it relate to US GAAP? And finally they will cover where it stands right now and the expected timeline for a final standard.


Listen in as Andy Peterson discusses estimating Equity Risk Premium with with Vic Modugno, who recently prepared a paper on the subject for the SOA. Equity Risk Premium (ERP) is the amount by which the stock market index would outperform a risk-free rate. Vic explains the two ways that ERP can be calculated - by using historical data or by using implicit methods. He also discusses the issues with each method, such as standard error with historical data and how to treat buybacks with implicit methods. Vic will also explain how the two methods are converging and the one finding that he thought was most important from the research.

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Category:Pension -- posted at: 2:11pm CST

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Category:Health -- posted at: 2:08pm CST

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Category:Health -- posted at: 9:52am CST

What's going to happen with the exchange in 2014?

  • Introduction to the "metallic" plans.
  • How do actuaries determine Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum?
  • What are outstanding questions related to the plans?
  • What's going to happen with families buying on the exchange?
  • Additional things to know about actuarial value.
  • What will happen with the actuarial calculator over time?
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Category:Health -- posted at: 9:00am CST

"Do you know what it's like to work for you?" ~Robert Sutton. This episode contains snippets extracted from the Question and Answers session of the August 2010 webcast "Making the Transition: From Analyst to Manager."

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Category:Actuary of the Future -- posted at: 11:30am CST

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:16am CST

This podcast gives a brief synopsis of articles in the February 2012 issue of the Taxing Times newsletter.

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Category:Taxation -- posted at: 11:12am CST

The authors of the "Partial Exchange Keeps Improving" article from the February 2012 issue of the Taxing Times Newsletter discuss key points of this important topic.

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Category:Taxation -- posted at: 11:09am CST

Listen to Chairperson Kristin Schaefer as she discusses her column "From the Chair" in May 2012 issue of the Taxing Times Newsletter.

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Category:Taxation -- posted at: 11:04am CST

Direct download: aof_networking_ep02-final.mp3
Category:Actuary of the Future -- posted at: 11:02am CST

Topics:

  • What is networking?
  • What are the benefits of networking?
  • When and where does one network?

To Learn More:

http://entrepreneurs.about.com/od/businessnetworking/Business_Networking_for_Entrepreneurs.htm

Direct download: aof_networking_ep01-final.mp3
Category:Actuary of the Future -- posted at: 11:01am CST

This podcast addresses two questions and contains snippets extracted from the Question and Answers session of the August 2010 webcast "Making the Transition: From Analyst to Manager."

  • How do you deal with analysts who don't respond enthusiastically when work is asked of them?
  • What is the best advice you would give someone who is making a transition to manager?
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Category:Actuary of the Future -- posted at: 11:00am CST

Topics

  • What is the key to managing your new responsibilities without feeling overwhelmed?
  • What are some tips to develop with your people so that they can take on increasing responsibility?
  • Once tasks are identified, how do you delegate them effectively?

Note: This episode contains snippets extracted from the Question and Answers session of the August 2010 webcast “Making the Transition: From Analyst to Manager.”

Quote: “Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don’t interfere.” ~Ronald Reagan

References: “Making the Transition: From Analyst to Manager” webcast http://www.soa.org/professional-development/archive/webcast-recordings.aspx

Learn More: Develop Your Staff : http://www.soa.org/library/proceedings/record-of- the-society-of-actuaries/2000-09/2001/january/RSA01V27N275PD.PDF

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Category:Actuary of the Future -- posted at: 9:00am CST

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