Listen in as Shaun Daugherty, Esq., reads “Chairperson’s Corner,” which was featured in the July 2016, Reinsurance News, written by Dustin Hetzler, FSA, MAAA.

Direct download: 13_2016_July_Reinsurance_News_03_Chairpersons_Corner.mp3
Category:Reinsurance -- posted at: 10:54am CST

Listen in as David Elias, FSA, MAAA, reads “Socio-Economic Mortality Differentials and Concentration Risk,” which was featured in the July 2016, Reinsurance News, written by Kai Kaufhold.


Listen in as Michelle Lerch, FSA, MAAA, reads “Editorial: The Intersection of Behavioral Economics and Life Insurance: How might Don Draper have sold Life Insurance,” which was featured in the July 2016, Reinsurance News, written by Ronald Poon-Affat, FSA, FIA, MAAA, CFA, with Jason Hurley, FIA, by special invitation.

Direct download: 15_2016_July_Reinsurance_News_04_Editorial_Behavioral_Economics_v2.mp3
Category:Reinsurance -- posted at: 10:51am CST

Listen in as Shaun Daugherty, Esq., reads the review of “’Moonwalking with Einstein- The Art and Science of Remembering Everything’, by Joshua Foer,” which was featured in the July 2016, Reinsurance News, written by Dave Snell, ASA, MAAA.

Direct download: 16_2016_July_Reinsurance_News_34_Moonwalking_with_Einstein.mp3
Category:Reinsurance -- posted at: 10:49am CST

Listen in as David Elias, FSA, MAAA, reads “How Can Life Insurers Improve the Performance of Their In-Force Portfolio?” which was featured in the July 2016, Reinsurance News, written by Andrew Harley and Ian Farr.


Listen in as Harindra Sebastian, FSA, FCIA, MAAA, MBA reads his article “Results of the 2015 Life Reinsurance Survey,” which was featured in the July 2016, Reinsurance News.


Listen in as Shaun Daugherty, Esq., and Michelle Lerch, FSA, MAAA, read “Q&A With Greig Woodring,” which was featured in the July 2016, Reinsurance News, written by Reinsurance News.

Direct download: 19_2016_July_Reinsurance_News_08_QA_With_Greig_Woodring_v2.mp3
Category:Reinsurance -- posted at: 10:42am CST

Listen in as David Elias, FSA, MAAA, reads “’RAPA’ Origins: Reinsurance Administration Professionals Association,” which was featured in the July 2016, Reinsurance News, written by Greg LaRochelle.

Direct download: 20_2016_July_Reinsurance_News_30_RAPA_Origins.mp3
Category:Reinsurance -- posted at: 10:40am CST

Listen in as Sarah Tanner reads “Trees That Feed,” which was featured in the July 2016, Reinsurance News, written by S. Michael McLaughlin, FSA, CERA, FIA, MAAA.

Direct download: 21_2016_July_Reinsurance_News_27_Trees_That_Feed.mp3
Category:Reinsurance -- posted at: 10:38am CST

Listen in as Shaun Daugherty, Esq., reads “Tales From A Journey of Discovery,” which was featured in the July 2016, Reinsurance News, written by John M. Bragg, FSA, ACAS, MAAA.


The Insurance Branch in IRS Chief Counsel’s National Office recently issued a Chief Counsel Advice (CCA) memorandum regarding the Dividends Received Deduction in the separate account partnership fund context.  The conclusions reached in the CCA constituted a victory of significance for the taxpayer involved, and while not constituting precedent, should benefit other life insurance companies in comparable situations.   From the June 2016 Taxing Times.   Written by Samuel A. Mitchell and John T. Adney.  Read by Dan Theodore, FSA, MAAA.

Direct download: TT_June_2016_DRD_Guidance.mp3
Category:Taxation -- posted at: 9:25am CST

Predictive Analytics and Futurism Section: Penalized Regression

Anders Larson, FSA, MAAA, interviews Shea Parkes, FSA, MAAA, and Michael Niemerg, FSA, MAAA, about penalized regression.  Penalized regression can be thought of as the result of applying actuarial credibility to linear modeling.  They explain the statistical theory behind it and the practical reasons an actuary might apply it.  They also touch on some useful implementations that are freely available as open source libraries for R and Python.


Predictive Analytics and Futurism Section: Predictive Modeling Case Study – Life Insurance Underwriting

Listen in as Shea Parkes, FSA, MAAA, from Milliman interviews Vince Granieri, FSA, MAAA, EA from Predictive Resources.  Vince presents a case study of applying predictive analytics to a classical actuarial problem: life insurance underwriting.  Vince walks us through building up his team, his capabilities and his models to provide more useful solutions with predictive analytics.


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