• In the last blog, we walked through the exam format differences between Exam S and other preliminary multiple-choice exams. So what does Exam S test on? What are the pre-requisites for Exam S? According to the CAS, the only pre-requisites for Exam S are P/1 and FM/2. http://www.casact.org/admissions/syllabus/index.cfm?fa=exam_rules Certain Exam S topics overlap with Exam’s…

  • Coaching Actuaries is now offering Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam prep with Adapt through our new brand AdaptPrep CFA. This was a natural decision for us given the overlap of topics and the number of actuaries who take the CFA. What is the CFA? The CFA is a designation for investment professionals, particularly those involved in…

  • Sooner or later in your career path you may come across an employer who will ask you for a phone interview! Don’t think it’s any easier than a regular interview! You may have multiple phone calls during the interview process; this is their way to assess your speaking abilities, presentation skills and business acumens. You…

  • We can all agree that a big part of career success is networking. If you haven’t started!  Get started!   Where and how to meet/connect with people? Leverage people you know! Family friends, former colleagues, managers, fellow members of social and professional groups. Meet new people at events i.e. networking events, club events Prepare and…

  • We’ve been seeing an increasing number of actuaries taking the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exams, including many on the Coaching Actuaries staff! This is why Coaching Actuaries and Mike Carmody, FSA, CFA, MAAA (of StudyJAM fame) have launched AdaptPrep CFA, offering Adapt and our quality video learning experience to the CFA exams. What is CFA?…

  • It is tough to understand the financial markets, stocks, and macro economics as played out in real life. Knowing the concepts is one thing, but figuring out how it really works is another. Its easier to deal with straight math. But financial markets are a lot about feelings and speculations. How “confident” investors feel impacts…

  • The CAS announces a new Exam S to replace Exam LC, ST, and the VEE Statistics requirements for the ACAS designation starting Fall 2015. If you have not passed either LC or ST yet, you are required to take new Exam S even if you have received the VEE Statistics credit. Take a look at: …

  • When I study, I rarely go back and re-read, except sections where I was daydreaming or thinking about something else and I know I didn’t really “read” it. Below is a great video that claims that re-reading is inefficient. The video provides some good tips, like testing your knowledge (practice problems!). I personally like writing…

  • Soon in to your actuarial career you’re going to face a fork in the road. Property and Casualty or Life Insurance?  Like the name, life insurance covers risk associated with human morbidity and mortality. On the other hand P&C focuses on risks that result with loss of possessions and properties. The CAS defines a property…

  • 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,…