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Exam Day Routine

The exam season is upon us once again! There are some rituals that I am sure most of us have that we follow before and during the exam. For example, I still wear the same t-shirt that I received as a promotion with my first study manual. It’s been years … Read the rest

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Software for Actuaries

Actuaries are typically pretty much locked in to the standard software they use at work. This varies from firm to firm and depends on various factors – product mix, regulatory requirements, expertise, availability of resources etc. This software is usually the standard Microsoft Office suite in addition to some sort … Read the rest

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Book Review – The Checklist Manifesto

A premise of this book could easily be gleaned from the title: checklists – good, no checklists – bad! In fact, the author himself says: “…does it take all that to figure out something that someone who ever made a checklist figured out ages ago?”

However, this book is essential … Read the rest

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E-book for Actuaries

Hello there, fellow actuaries.

It has been a long time since I last posted, but I come back bearing gifts. Recently I got an email from a recruiter who shared this interesting e-book with me. Now I would like to share it with you.

With his permission, I am posting … Read the rest

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Actuarial New Year’s Resolutions

It is almost the end of February and yet it is not too late to set your professional resolutions for the year. I have been deep in the “busy season”, more on which later, and this post has been collecting dust in my drafts folder. Although it may not be … Read the rest

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Effective Actuarial Communication – an oxymoron or not?

“Communication Breakdown, It’s always the same, I’m having a nervous breakdown, Drive me insane!”


“The … umm … Embedded Value increased .. umm .. because, I think … umm …” – BIG NO NO!!!

How are you going to get your message across effectively like this?

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Reminiscences of a Prophet Operator

This article was originally published in Issue #49 of the SOA CompAct Newsletter in October 2013.


I have worked with Sungard’s Prophet software for the past three years. Upon finding out that I would be working at a company where Prophet is used, I immediately hit the web to … Read the rest

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A Day in a Life of a Financial Reporting Actuary

“I believe l mentioned in my previous letter that l was an actuary…”

When I was a green actuary-wannabe, at university, studying for actuarial exams, I had no clue what actuaries did. I mean nothing! I knew they dealt with math and statistics and generally are uber geeks (all of Read the rest

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Actuarial Interview Series – Laura Bennett, Pet Insurance Actuary

Laura Bennett is the CEO and Co-Founder of Embrace Pet Insurance and an Entrepreneur with a pet and coffee addiction. I had the pleasure to interview Laura over the phone and after a brief introduction we dove right into the Q&A.

You have a very impressive LinkedIn profile, you actively Read the rest

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Books for Actuaries


Huzzah! Not long ago we issued a public outcry to the Actuarial Mailing List subscribers and to our Twitter followers for some book recommendations and finally we are ready to share the results. Dusting off and cataloguing our own books and scouring the interwebs for suggestions, behold the Actuarial Read the rest

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