This podcast offers an introduction to US Denominated insurance products sold internationally. Join Weiying Liu, FSA, MAAA and Robert Rogers, FSA, CERA, MAAA as they examine the benefits, risks, and challenges faced by both consumers and insurers.

Direct download: SOAPDInternationalProducts.mp3
Category:Product Development -- posted at: 4:36pm CDT

Jackie Lee interview Bill Bade, FSA, MAAA about Supplemental Benefits

Direct download: SOA180B.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 8:21am CDT

This podcast explores and discusses the "Actuary of the Future: The Future Actuaries" from the perspective of qualified actuaries in the industry, sharing their experiences and advice. Part 1 is an interview with Michael Clark, FSA, MAAA, EA, FCA.

Direct download: SOA182.mp3
Category:Actuary of the Future -- posted at: 2:44pm CDT

William (Flick) Fornia, FSA, FCA, MAAA, EA interviews Dana Bilyeu: Executive Director of National Association of State Retirement Administrators

Direct download: SOA184.mp3
Category:Social Insurance & Public Finance -- posted at: 7:00am CDT

The new HRA regulation creates opportunities for employers to consider different markets which may be more attractive to their employees. How do actuaries define and assess “consumer value”? How does the individual market stack up against other markets in a value comparison? Greg Fann and Daniel Cruz discuss the metrics involved and the value assessment approach.

Direct download: SOA174.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 7:10am CDT

Jing Lang, FSA, FCIA interviews Jennifer Marquino, FSA, MAAA on working abroad and community leadership. This podcast is part three of a jointly sponsored series by the Reinsurance Section and Leadership & Development Section.

Direct download: SOA_Womens_Leadership3.mp3
Category:Reinsurance: Leadership & Development -- posted at: 10:23am CDT

To build an ecosystem of data security, validity and seamless access we need to look at futuristic technologies that can drive innovation in healthcare. Blockchain technology seems to be very promising in helping us build such an ecosystem.

Direct download: SOA173.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 7:35am CDT

Jackie Lee and Gabriela Dieguez discuss what pharmacy rebates are and how they impact the healthcare market. They discuss potential changes being proposed regarding the transparency of these rebates and what actuaries need to consider when pricing or reserving for health products.

Direct download: SOA172e.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 8:05am CDT

Join Alexandre Lemieux, FSA, MAAA and Gregory Johnson for a brief dive into the world of MRB's.

Direct download: SOA177.mp3
Category:Financial Reporting -- posted at: 2:49pm CDT

William (Flick) Fornia, FSA, FCA, MAAA, EA interviews Greg Fann, FSA, FCA, MAAA, about his July 2019 In the Public Interest article which ranks the first ten years of the Affordable Care Act in terms of market and operational performance. With the exception of operational challenges in 2013 and financial challenges in 2016, ACA markets have been on an improvement track.

Direct download: SOA178.mp3
Category:Social Insurance & Public Finance -- posted at: 7:56am CDT

Join Jackie Lee, FSA, MAAA and guest host Stephen Camilli, FSA with Marty Makary, MD as they discuss Dr. Makary's new book, The Price We Pay: What Broke America's Health Care - and How to Fix it.

Direct download: SOA170.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 7:20am CDT

Amanda Hug FSA, MAAA interviews Tonya Manning, FSA, MAAA, EA, FCA on her career path, tips for navigating the workplace as a female actuary and leader and the value of industry volunteer work. This podcast is part two of a jointly sponsored series by the Reinsurance Section and Leadership & Development Section.

Direct download: SOA_Womens_Leadership_2.mp3
Category:Reinsurance: Leadership & Development -- posted at: 10:30am CDT

Miss the Health Meeting? Listen as Jackie Lee and Rick Pawelski, the Health Meeting Chair, discuss the 2019 SOA Health Meeting. They discuss the location, the keynote speakers, and much more.

Direct download: SOA171.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 7:51am CDT

The leadership series of the Health Section podcasts will include interviews with leaders in our industry. Jim Glickman, SOA President, joins us to discuss his path to becoming an actuary and his experiences along the way.

Direct download: SOA168.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 8:17am CDT

Jing Lang, FSA, FCIA interviews Christine Hofbeck, FSA, MAAA on her unique path as an actuary. This podcast is part one of a jointly sponsored series by the Reinsurance Section and Leadership & Development Section.

Direct download: SOA_Womens_Leadership_1.mp3
Category:Reinsurance: Leadership & Development -- posted at: 9:08am CDT

The leadership series of the Health Section podcasts will include interviews with leaders in our industry. Casey Hammer, a Health Section Council member, joins us to discuss how she became an actuary, her experience as a volunteer, and lessons she has learned along the way.

Direct download: SOA167.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 9:03am CDT

In the Beginning . . .A Column Devoted to Tax Basics Why Do Limitations Apply to Owners of Life Insurance Contracts, Particularly COLI?

Direct download: TT_June2019_In_The_Beginning.mp3
Category:Taxation -- posted at: 11:31am CDT

Join host Alexandre Lemieux, FSA, MAAA and Sisi Chen, FSA, MAAA, CERA for a brief conversation around the new enhanced data requirements for LDTI.

Direct download: SOA_FRS_LDTI.mp3
Category:Financial Reporting -- posted at: 9:33am CDT

The leadership series of the Health Section podcasts will include interviews with leaders in our industry. Karen Shelton, Chair of the Health Section Council, joins us to discuss how she became an actuary, her experience as a volunteer, and lessons she has learned along the way.

Direct download: SOA164b.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 7:20am CDT

Now that you know what R libraries and packages are, how do you go about finding good ones? Anders Larson, FSA, MAAA and Shea Parkes, FSA, MAAA, discuss some strategies for sifting through the massive number of packages available through CRAN or other sources. They also hone in on the Tidyverse, an ecosystem of useful packages for a wide range of tasks.

Direct download: PAF_163.mp3
Category:Predictive Analytics and Futurism -- posted at: 4:07pm CDT

Jackie Lee interviews Julie Witt and Jim Dolstad about their SOA white paper, “Health Plan Strategic Implications of MACRA.”  Julie gives a general overview and then discusses MACRA’s implications to providers. Jim follows up with how payers have been impacted by MACRA.

Direct download: SOA_162B.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 11:27am CDT

Analyzing claims costs trends in a volatile market is an important element of pricing health insurance products in the current ACA markets.

Direct download: SOA_159.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 7:56am CDT

SOA 20/20 contest winning paper

Direct download: SOA_158_Final.mp3
Category:Retirement -- posted at: 12:09pm CDT

Listen as Joe Wurzburger, FSA, MAAA is joined by Robert Eaton, FSA, MAAA and Shawna Meyer, FSA, MAAA to discuss the LTC Medical Symposium

Direct download: SOA_156d.mp3
Category:Long Term Care -- posted at: 8:12am CDT

In this installment, Rachna shares stories of how she combined her on-the-job pension actuarial training with text book knowledge from the investment track exams to build a career as an investment actuary (and some interesting career advice that will expand your waist line).

Direct download: SOA_161_1.mp3
Category:Investment & Risk -- posted at: 8:44am CDT

Successful Medicare Advantage data maintenance involves addressing data quality issues, rectifying adjudication errors, comparing to internal and external benchmarks and making the necessary adjustments to comply with CMS guidelines. This podcast discusses how Medicare Advantage plans can collect, review, and react to their claims experience to optimize financial results and create efficient processes.

Direct download: SOA_160.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 7:50am CDT

SOA member Jeff Passmore, FSA, CFA, discusses asset liability management (ALM) with SOA President-Elect Andy Rallis, FSA, MAAA. They discuss the early development of ALM, current opportunities within life insurance using ALM, and advice for actuaries getting involved in this space.

Direct download: SOA_153.mp3
Category:Investment & Risk -- posted at: 8:20am CDT

Dave Dillon, FSA, MAAA, interviews Greg Fann, FSA, FCA, MAAA, about his collection of recent ACA articles in The Actuary andHealth Watch. Dismissive of the conventional wisdom alleging recent market damage, Mr. Fann provides convincing metrics and good-naturedly explains why ACA markets are in better shape now than they have ever been.

Direct download: SOA_157.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 7:35am CDT

Jackie Lee interviews Sudha Shenoy about how risk adjustment and social determinants intersect within the Medicaid market. Sudha speaks about 4 expert panelists that she interviewed to better understand how states are using different information to inform their risk adjustment calculations and claim cost projections.

Direct download: SOA_154d.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 9:54am CDT

RGA Brazil CEO shares the 73 things that make him “Running” Ronald Poon-Affat, FSA, FIA, CFA, MAAA.

Direct download: Jing_and_Ronald_Interview.mp3
Category:Reinsurance -- posted at: 2:34pm CDT

Jackie Lee, FSA, MAAA interviews Nick Johnson, FSA, MAAA on his February 2019 Health Watch article: Medicare Advantage: Changes and Updates to Enhanced Benefits. The discussion covers recent Medicare Advantage benefit flexibilities, types of new allowable benefits, and hurdles plan sponsors will need to overcome to implement benefits under the new flexibilities.

Direct download: SOA_155.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 8:21am CDT

Dave Dillon, FSA, MAAA, interviews Fritz Busch, FSA, MAAA, about his February 2019 article "Consumers to the Rescue? A Primer on HDHPs and HSAs." 

Direct download: SOA_152.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 8:06am CDT

From the February 2019 Taxing Times: This edition of “In the Beginning” provides an introduction to ERISA how it affects annuities within tax-qualified plans. Written by Michael L. Hadley. Read by Dan Theodore.

Direct download: TT_Feb2019_In_The_Beginning.mp3
Category:Taxation -- posted at: 7:51am CDT

John Toohey, CFA is a Vice President of Equity Investments and Portfolio Manager at USAA Asset Management Company.   He is also a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.

The Investment Section of the Society of Actuaries is creating a podcast series - How I Became an Investment Actuary.  In each podcast, we will interview a prominent investment actuary.  We hope to provide a series of interest to actuaries wanting to use their actuarial skills in the world of investments. In this installment, John discusses how he came to be in his current role and how his actuarial skills contribute.

Direct download: SOA_138.mp3
Category:Investment & Risk -- posted at: 7:59am CDT

Keeping up to date on the recent policy changes for the Affordable Care Act can be challenging. Listen to Part 12 of the series as Kristi Bohn unpacks Association Health Plans, Short term health plans, small group happenings and the value of volunteering. 

Direct download: SOA_150.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 5:53am CDT

Barbara Zvan, FSA, FCIA, CERA is Chief Risk & Strategy Officer at Ontario Teachers'​ Pension Plan.

The Investment Section of the Society of Actuaries is creating a podcast series - How I Became an Investment Actuary.  In each podcast, we will interview a prominent investment actuary.  We hope to provide a series of interest to actuaries wanting to use their actuarial skills in the world of investments.  In this installment, Barbara discusses how she came to be in her current role and how her actuarial skills contribute.

Direct download: SOA_132.mp3
Category:Investment & Risk -- posted at: 7:50am CDT

Host Jing Lang, FSA, FCIA, interviews Steve Kopp, FSA, FCIA, a longtime lecturer of actuarial science and statistics.

Direct download: Reinsurance_EandR_Steve_Kopp_Final.mp3
Category:Reinsurance: Education & Research -- posted at: 4:18pm CDT

Keeping up to date on the recent policy changes for the Affordable Care Act can be challenging. Listen to Part 1 of the series as Kristi Bohn unpacks CSRs, Section 1332 Waivers and recent case law.

Direct download: SOA_149.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 7:24am CDT

An informative interview on the Actuaries Without Borders Global Mentorship Program. Michael Mendel, manager of the program, John Robinson, a mentor for the program, and Lynette Tasaranarwo, a mentee with the program are interviewed by Actuary of the Future Section Council Interns Paul Birch and Mitch Tamashunas. 

Direct download: SOA_147_Final.mp3
Category:Actuary of the Future -- posted at: 2:17pm CDT

Continuing a series of episodes on the R programming language, Anders Larson, FSA, MAAA and Shea Parkes, FSA, MAAA lead off with some discussion about functions and move into the concept of libraries, which are central to maximizing the potential of R.

Direct download: SOA_146b.mp3
Category:Predictive Analytics and Futurism -- posted at: 2:34pm CDT

Douglas Fiddler and Robert Wylie, the authors of one of the 4 winning papers in the SOA Retirement 20/20 Call for Models contest discuss their paper - "The South Dakota Retirement System Generational Benefit Structure."

Direct download: SOA_143_1.mp3
Category:Retirement -- posted at: 12:47pm CDT

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