Listen in as Anders Larson, FSA, MAAA, interviews Shea Parkes, FSA, MAAA about Kaggle. Kaggle is an online community that brings together data scientists from across the globe to participate in predictive modeling contests.

Direct download: SOA17_17_PAF_05_Kaggle_Competition.mp3
Category:Predictive Analytics and Futurism -- posted at: 3:38pm CDT

In this Society of Actuaries podcast, listen to a conversation with Kevin Pledge, entrepreneurial actuary, a visionary who started his career as a traditional actuary in a corporate role who later went out on his own to successfully create more than one company.

Direct download: EI_Kevin_Pledge_Final.mp3
Category:Entrepreneurial & Innovation -- posted at: 9:10am CDT

Listen in as Ronald Poon-Affat, FSA, FIA, MAAA, CFA reads his article "Actuaries and the Growth Mindset," which was featured in the March 2017, Reinsurance News.

Direct download: SOA17_15_Reinsurance_03_RPoonAffat.mp3
Category:Reinsurance -- posted at: 9:56am CDT

Listen in as Anthony Asher reads his article "The Social Impact of the Actuarial Profession," which was featured in the March 2017, Reinsurance News.

Direct download: SOA17_14_Reinsurance_02_AAsher_Article.mp3
Category:Reinsurance -- posted at: 9:46am CDT

This podcast discusses the recently released report by The Society of Actuaries and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries that examines a simple but accurate means of assessing discount rate sensitivity. Data used in this report were provided by the Financial Institutions Commission of the Province of British Columbia (FICOM).


From the June 2017 Taxing Times: The federal income tax law was once described by a federal judge as a conspiracy in restraint of understanding. While people—including tax professionals—at times feel that way, there are some terms in the tax law that appear reassuringly simple. And yet some of those terms are deceptively simple. This edition of the “In the Beginning” column devotes itself to exploring, at a basic level, the tax meaning of three concepts that are fundamental to the income taxation of life insurance products: premiums paid, investment in the contract, and basis. Written by John T. Adney.  Read by Dan Theodore.

Direct download: TT_June1017_InTheBeginning.mp3
Category:Taxation -- posted at: 10:40am CDT

From the June 2017 Taxing Times: The federal income tax law was once described by a federal judge as a conspiracy in restraint of understanding. While people—including tax professionals—at times feel that way, there are some terms in the tax law that appear reassuringly simple. And yet some of those terms are deceptively simple. This edition of the “In the Beginning” column devotes itself to exploring, at a basic level, the tax meaning of three concepts that are fundamental to the income taxation of life insurance products: premiums paid, investment in the contract, and basis. Written by John T. Adney.  Read by Dan Theodore.

Direct download: TT_June1017_InTheBeginning.mp3
Category:Taxation -- posted at: 10:40am CDT

This podcast discusses the recently released report describing the Human Mortality Database, a unique open‐access collection of detailed mortality and population data for 38 countries with complete and reliable vital registration and census data. This report overviews the development and completion of the HMD data series down to a cause of death level for an initial set of eight populations: Canada, Czech Republic, England and Wales, France, Japan, Norway, Sweden, and the United States.

For further information please find the report here:

https://www.soa.org/research-reports/2017/2017-hmd-cause-of-death/

 


This podcast discusses the recently released article describing the demographics and geography of the increasing number of opioid deaths in the United States. The article summarizes data available from the Centers for Disease Control.

For further information please find the article here:

https://www.soa.org/Files/Research/mortality-opioid-deaths.pdf

 


Listen in as Stephen Camilli, FSA, reads his article "The Birth of an Actuarial Learning Company," which was featured in the March 2017, Reinsurance News. This article outlines the birth and history of ACTEX Learning, an actuarial publishing and education company, which has changed over the years along with the profession’s actuarial exam and CPD systems. It also highlights one example of a non-traditional actuarial career path, working in the development of actuarial education and training materials. 

Direct download: SOA17_12_Reinsurance_01_SCamilli_Article_v2.mp3
Category:Reinsurance -- posted at: 12:06pm CDT