1. 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…

  2. We just celebrated 20 years educating actuaries and solving actuarial problems. The celebration was an open house where colleagues in our community celebrated the 20 years as well as a new office. Many of you are familiar with our company Coaching Actuaries. Some may not realize we started 20 years ago as SALT Solutions. If…

  3. I and two of my staff just returned from a 1 1/4 day conference at the 3rd annual Midwest Actuarial Student Conference (MASC) hosted at the University of Michigan. As far as my staff could determine, the conference was organized by Roger Natarajan and the student leadership team. I was impressed at the quality of…

  4. We have been planning to enter upper level actuarial exam for years. We are excited to announce that Adapt CAS 5 has been released!  While CAS 5 is not multiple-choice, many students have requested Adapt for upper level exams. The idea is Adapt’s adaptive testing tool can still give you questions based on your difficulty…

  5. The cool career choice these days is becoming an actuary. We’re traditionally ranked as one of the top career opportunities. Actuaries have a rigorous exam process to identify top candidates. We are at the leading edge of financial engineering.  I am approaching 30 years as an actuary, the last 20 running my own business. Recently,…

  6. There can be a lot of routine at work.  But, for those who have been at their current job for awhile, recall where you were at 1 year or 3 years ago. Sure, you may spend a lot of time working on the same project, but make sure not to view your work as routine. Instead, view it…

  7. You celebrated Friday at the office by ordering pizza for lunch but couldn’t quite eat the entire pizza yourself. It would be a great weekend snack so you plan to take it home. If you are like me, there is risk. The risk is that you will forget. Forgetting the pizza would be regretted during…

  8. Excellence is the goal for all professions. Because trust is such a key component for actuaries, excellence has additional importance. A lot could be written about how to pursue actuarial excellence. However, a more interesting strategy is sharing actuarial excellence as it’s observed. I have had the benefit of learning from many actuaries, many have…

  9. Life is a tradeoff of risk and reward. This is my first article that explores the life challenges evaluating risk and reward. I have consulted major insurers solving their actuarial SOX and Model Audit Rule requirements. Based on my experience, there are 4 essential controls needed to meet these external requirements. These controls not only…

  10. I just had the privilege of “Giving away” my only daughter in marriage this weekend. It was a wonderful experience. It also required a lot of work preparing which explains why it’s been a couple of weeks since my last blog. My daughter was engaged for a little more than a year. A lot of…