Category Archives: Actuarial

Word puzzles for numbers geeks

Actuaries sometimes get stereotyped as¬†being numbers people. Now, this is sometimes a little unfair, particularly when it comes to puzzles. While we enjoy¬†logic puzzles and number puzzles as much as the next guy, there’s a big crossword contingent too. Enough … Continue reading

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The Alternative CILA Feedback

CILA is the annual Current Issues in Life Assurance meeting set up by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries to discuss the latest developments in the field. And, of course, to provide CPD hours for those who haven’t quite got … Continue reading

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Cynical Pedants Anonymous

Actuaries are not known for their laissez-faire attitude towards accuracy. Or, for that matter, a tendency to be over-optimistic. But just because we like getting things right to 6 decimal places doesn’t mean that you have a license to take … Continue reading

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How Not to Study for Actuarial Exams

Employers of actuarial students get a raw deal sometimes. Besides paying a pretty decent salary, they have to make allowances for the rigorous study programme. Twice a year, the whole herd migrates to their dens to study and write exams … Continue reading

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How to Track an ORSA

There’s a whiteboard at the office where someone has jotted down a few “Friday Facts”. See the pic above for some of them. After the first few, they went dormant for a few months. Then someone added the google ‘fact’ … Continue reading

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How Not to Outrun a Bear

I had a conversation on Facebook last week (as you do), and I thought it worthy of elaboration and posterity. It has to do with Actuarial exams, which everyone knows are harder than diamonds, and more difficult to pass than … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong with Wonga?

Wonga is a micro-finance company operating in the UK. They have the worst adverts that have ever been produced, and provide a service which no sane person would ever want. And yet they’re doing so well here that they’re branching … Continue reading

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