1. Coaching Actuaries' Coach Kester (left), with DePaul University Professor and Executive Director of Fred Arditti Center for Risk Management Tom Edwalds (right)

    Coaching Actuaries was proud to be a sponsor of last week’s Midwest Actuarial Student Conference at DePaul University in Chicago! The turnout was fantastic, and we got to meet many of our wonderful customers and many other future actuaries. If you’ve never been to the conference or another like it before, here are three reasons…

  2. A look at the new Section Report

    You may have noticed that we’ve made several changes recently. The goal, of course, is to improve your test prep experience. With our new platform being live for over a month now and other changes being made along the way, I thought it would be good to provide an update on our changes. First, we…

  3. Major changes are coming for students preparing for Associate designations from the CAS or SOA. CAS Changes Earlier, the CAS announced their new exam S. There is still a small window where students can avoid taking exam S by taking the Applied Stats VEE course. The deadline for passing Applied Stats is August 31, 2016….

  4. After each exam, we ask you, our customers, what you like about our products and, more importantly, what suggestions you have for improvement. As always, thank you to those who complete our surveys. Your valuable feedback helps us learn how to serve you better. Many of the suggestions are relatively minor, perhaps one topic is…

  5. Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to run the Drake 1/2 marathon. One benefit of long distance running is “undistracted” thinking. I’m 52, so my peak running days are in the distant past. But,this run was one of my most rewarding runs. Ironically, I wasn’t well prepared for the run. For me, running in the…

  6. Our Company started as SALT Solutions in 1995. SALT’s first product was educational content and software for upper level actuarial exams. In the 2000’s, we transitioned to the lower level exams and exited the upper level exams. With the advent of Adapt, we changed our name to Coaching Actuaries starting a new focus on the…

  7. I believe teaching is one of the most noble professions. Teachers have an enormous impact on students’ lives, hopefully for the better. Tong Teh and I have the opportunity to teach at Drake this Spring as adjunct professors. So, I’m interested in your feedback, on what makes a good actuarial professor? Please provide any feedback…

  8. Successful vacation planning Taking vacations sounds easy and simple, but rarely is. I’ll just focus on how to manage communication at work. First, make sure you know your company policy on who you need to inform. Managers, HR etc. are likely on the list. They likely have a plan to make sure that it is…

  9. This morning when I was showering, I started thinking about the reality of being an actuary. Just recently I painted my first picture since grade school (with great help from my cousin Jill!). I’m sure it wasn’t anything special as far as paintings go, but I felt good about it considering my complete lack of…

  10. Are you an actuary or an actuary in training and need a leadership boost? In many respects, I see myself as a typical actuary. Compared to other actuaries, I don’t think I have any special natural gifts that set me apart for leadership. Despite feeling very average, I find myself having significant leadership opportunities and…