This podcast discusses the article, US Pension Discount Rate Comparison 2009-2014,which compares the recent historical relationship between pension plan funded status and discount rates used to compute liabilities for funding purposes. Comparisons include all three major categories of defined benefit pension plans in the United States: single employer (SE) plans, multiemployer (ME) plans, and state and large city public plans (PP)


This podcast discusses the December 2016 Internal Revenue Service (IRS) proposed updated mortality tables, starting in 2018 for minimum funding requirements for single employer defined benefit pension plans.  This study estimates the impact of the proposed change on the single employer pension system as a whole; the impact on individual plans may differ.


During this podcast, Dave Dillon interviews Jackie Lee about an article she coauthored on telemedicine. They discuss how the current telemedicine landscape and why actuaries should be paying attention into these types of services as it has potential pricing impacts.  

Direct download: SOA17_13_Health_03_Telemedicine.mp3
Category:Health -- posted at: 8:15am CDT

This podcast discusses the recently released report by The Society of Actuaries that describes the components of margin for calculating capitation rates in a Medicaid context along with a description of practical issues that may be encountered by MCO’s. The report includes observations from interviews with MCO executives as well as financial results analysis of MCOs nationwide. The material was authored by Sara Teppema, Jeff Goldman, Luke Smith, and Steve Tutewohl from Valence Health.


Listen in as Anders Larson, FSA, MAAA, interviews Shea Parkes, FSA, MAAA about how to do well at Kaggle. In the last episode they explored what Kaggle is and what makes up the various predictive modeling contests they host. In this episode, Shea shares some tips and general advice on how to perform well in a given Kaggle contest.

Direct download: SOA17_17_PAF_05_How_to_do_Well_at_Kaggle.mp3
Category:Predictive Analytics and Futurism -- posted at: 3:42pm CDT

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).