Actuaries Around the World – Channel Islands

This month we have the pleasure of interviewing Carl Hansen, FSA, EA. Carl is International Director at the BWCI Group, living and working on the island of Guernsey in the Channel Islands. He also serves as Executive Director for Abelica Global, an international organization of independent actuarial firms. Carl has been active in the local … Continue reading Actuaries Around the World – Channel Islands

Actuaries Around the World – Thailand

This month ACTEX is traveling to Thailand for our Actuaries Around the World series. Tommy Pichet, FSA, FIA, FSAT, FRM, MBA, MScFE (Dist.), B.Eng (Hons), is a qualified actuary with nearly 20 years of experience across Asian insurance, finance and employee benefit valuation and management. He has worked in the valuation of insurance and retirement benefits, … Continue reading Actuaries Around the World – Thailand

Actuaries Around the World – Hungary

Our February edition of Actuaries Around the World takes us to Hungary. Gábor Borza is an actuarial consultant working with Tools4F and is a board member of the Hungarian Actuarial Society, which he chaired from 2013 until 2017. Borza spent the first 22 years of his professional career at ING / Nationale-Nederlandem, a retail financial … Continue reading Actuaries Around the World – Hungary

Melting Data in Python to Discover $6 Million in Missed Risk Adjustment

It was the last week of the year. Validate Health was retained to validate the risk adjustment submission for a medium-sized Medicare Advantage plan. We had until the end of the week to recalculate risk adjustment for over 50,000 beneficiaries and millions of claims. The pressure was mounting. We needed a way to quickly process … Continue reading Melting Data in Python to Discover $6 Million in Missed Risk Adjustment

The Actuarial Checklist: An Actuary’s Professionalism Security Blanket

Guest Post by Stephen Camilli, FSA, President, ACTEX Learning After reading Jay Jaffe’s review of Atul Gawande’s seminal book, The Checklist Manifesto, I had to read the book for myself, and it did not disappoint! I also wanted to hear more from Jay about how checklists that resulted in greater safety, efficiency and standardization in … Continue reading The Actuarial Checklist: An Actuary’s Professionalism Security Blanket

Excel, Python, R, C++ and more — Use the Right Tool, Use the Tool Right

Guest Blog by Mary Pat Campbell, FSA, MAAA, PRM, I found myself nodding several times through Brian Fannin’s blog post “My Journey with R” – I particularly liked Brian’s remark: Excel would return diagnostics about a statistical model, but I could tell that it had a greater interest in enabling changes to font size or … Continue reading Excel, Python, R, C++ and more — Use the Right Tool, Use the Tool Right

How Python Saved my Company

 Guest blog by Andrew Webster, M.S., ASA, MAAA It was the summer of 2015.  I had founded my company, Validate Health, one year earlier.  The Society of Actuaries awarded me $10,000 for the summer to sponsor a non-traditional internship.  My intern, Nate, and I found a project working directly with a group of physicians to … Continue reading How Python Saved my Company