Society Of Actuaries Podcasts Feed



This is the official podcast channel of the Society of Actuaries.


  • Marketing and Distribution Section: Linley Baker – Don’t Be Afraid To Do What You Really Want To Do

    20/07/2021 Duração: 38min

    Jing Lang, FSA, FCIA, FLMI, MAAA, talks with Linley Baker, FSA, MAAA, about her unique career path and how it’s possible to achieve your life dreams and “do what you really want to do.”

  • Long Term Care Section: Offering Cash Buyouts as part of LTC Rate Increases

    20/07/2021 Duração: 18min

    Nolan Tully of Faegre Drinker discusses cash buyouts, which have recently been offered as part of LTC rate increases.

  • Health Section: Level-Funding

    19/07/2021 Duração: 27min

    Dave Dillon interviews Jeremy Benson and Wendy Broadrick on the topic of Level-Funding. Topics included an overview of Level-Funding, how Level-Funding has evolved over time, how it compares to Fully-Insured and Traditional Stop-Loss and considerations for success in the Level-Funded market.

  • Financial Reporting Section: Drink in the Details, Part One— PBR and a Beer

    09/07/2021 Duração: 26min

    This podcast is the first in our series “Drink in the Details,” featuring casual discussions with experts on a variety of financial reporting topics. Join Chris Whitney, as he shares a beer and discusses Life Principles-Based Reserving (PBR) with Ben Slutsker and Dylan Strother.

  • Health Section: YPAC: Emerging Leaders

    05/07/2021 Duração: 25min

    Join Jackie Lee and the SOA’s Young Professional Advisory Council (YPAC) Chairperson, Kristen Long, ASA at Unum, to learn more about YPAC and the opportunities it offers for the next generation of actuaries.  Topics discussed include the recent Emerging Leaders Summit, networking, and the YPAC’s goals.  Learn how volunteering or becoming a member of YPAC can further your own actuarial career ambitions, whether you provide an additional inspirational voice, or are an aspiring actuarial professional.

  • Product Development Section: Underwriting Issues and Innovation Seminar

    21/06/2021 Duração: 19min

    Listen now as Chris Ryan, FSA, MAAA, Al Klein, FSA, MAAA, and Tami Britton, FALU, FLMI, FLHC, AIRC, ACS, ARA, LTCP, discuss the upcoming SOA Underwriting Issues and Innovation Seminar. This podcast briefly describes the history of the seminar, what happens “behind the scenes” to create the seminar, why the seminar is important to both underwriters and actuaries, and provides a “sneak peek” at some of the sessions that will be in the 2021 seminar.

  • Marketing and Distribution Section: Lisa Bull – Understand Your True Impact and Unlock Stretch Opportunities

    16/06/2021 Duração: 46min

    Jing Lang, FSA, FCIA, FLMI, MAAA, talks with Lisa Bull, President of Lechner & Associates, on discovering your true impact and unlocking stretch opportunities tailored to your professional and personal goals.

  • Long Term Care Section: Multi-State Actuarial LTC Rate Reviews

    14/06/2021 Duração: 16min

    Fred Andersen, the Chief Life Actuary of the Minnesota Department of Commerce, discusses efforts to create a more uniform review process related to LTC rate increases. Fred also provides details about what this review process will entail in the future

  • Health Section: Precision Medicine Perspectives

    24/05/2021 Duração: 24min

    Diving deeper into the pharmacy medicine series for pharmacy development and its process, Jackie Lee chats with Jonathan Gray and returning guest Kerri Miller about precision medicine.  Learn how manufacturers are beginning to get actuarial and health plan perspectives to enhance their budget-impact models, and how health plans can project new drug costs to enhance their pricing forecasts and negotiations with manufacturers.  Actuaries who work with health plans of all sizes can hear about specific resources in identifying populations for a drug, making appropriate assumptions, improving projections, and how to contribute earlier on in the drug development process.

  • Social Insurance & Public Finance Section: The Legacy Obligation Trust – an Approach for Pension Funding

    19/05/2021 Duração: 29min

    Flick Fornia interviews Michael Imber of Conway MacKenzie, a part of Riveron, about the potential for governments to contribute hard assets as a means of funding municipal pensions.

  • Long Term Care Section: LTC Producer Survey Follow-Up

    18/05/2021 Duração: 17min

    Ron Hagelman and John Hebig discuss the key findings from the Long-Term Care producer survey that Ice Floe Consulting and Oliver Wyman performed over the past year.

  • Modeling Section: Everything You Need to Know About the Modeling Section and its Council - 2021 Refresher

    14/05/2021 Duração: 20min

    The 2021 election of new Modeling Section Council members is approaching! Listen now as April Shen, FSA, MAAA, interviews current section council members, Uri Sobel, FSA, MAAA, and Kevin Durand, FSA, MAAA, on their experiences. They also give a great introduction to both the Modeling Section and council with insights from 2021. Show Notes:  If you are interested in joining the section council, please fill in an expression of interest form at by June 1. If you have any questions about the election, please feel free to email our speakers: [email protected][email protected], or [email protected]

  • Health Section: Bundling Medicare Supplement and Short-Term Care

    10/05/2021 Duração: 31min

    Jackie Lee interviews Ken Clark and Robert Eaton about Medicare Supplement (Medigap) and short-term care products, including profits, pricing assumptions, and bundling opportunities for health carriers.  Together, they explore how bundling the two products may provide a complementary hedge of certain policyholder behavior risks.  Actuaries can better understand the risks involved with doing so, administrative components, and areas of analysis to consider.

  • Social Insurance & Public Finance Section: It Didn’t Cost a Pennie

    05/05/2021 Duração: 14min

    In a purportedly highly regulated environment, ACA individual market premiums are largely misaligned across the country. States that have enforced compliance have improved consumer value and strengthened local markets…at virtually no cost. Chris Merkel interviews Greg Fann on this podcast, asking him about his recent article on the ACA’s unique regulatory/market dynamics.

  • Modeling Section: LDTI Experiences and Challenges

    30/04/2021 Duração: 16min

    Join us as Tim Deitz, ASA, MAAA, and Tom Kim, FSA, FCIA, MAAA, discuss LDTI implementation/modeling experiences and challenges.

  • Predictive Analytics and Futurism Section: Machine Learning in the Cloud, Part 2 – Platform Examples from Azure

    30/04/2021 Duração: 28min

    Join hosts Anders Larson, FSA, MAAA, and Shea Parkes, FSA, MAAA, for the second in a series of podcasts focused on machine learning in the cloud. This episode focuses on some specific Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) Machine Learning offerings in Azure. These offerings are used as examples and we discuss some general pros and cons and how/why users might choose between various PaaS offerings.

  • Health Section: Specialty Drug Development, Costs and Solutions

    26/04/2021 Duração: 23min

    Jackie Lee discusses specialty drugs with Kerri Miller, Pharm.D., and Sarah Hellems, FSA, as part of an ongoing series for the Pharmacy Strategic Initiative.  Together, they discuss innovations in the approval process, and dissect the magnitude and drivers of high costs, including effective and potential cost controls, from prior authorizations to accurate diagnoses, to modifying rebate contracts by incorporating outcome-based [value-based] metrics.  Actuaries are given insight into how they can move the needle in progressing efforts to expand access to specialty drugs in health plans, as well as making them more affordable.

  • Reinsurance Section and Leadership & Development Section: Tracy Choka – Leadership through Actuarial Workplace Evolution and Disruption

    23/04/2021 Duração: 47min

    Tracy Choka, FSA, MAAA, speaks with podcast host Jing Lang, FSA, FCIA, MAAA, on accelerations and major trends in reinsurance, leadership and actuarial workplace evolution. 

  • Long Term Care Section: The Impact of COVID-19 on Long-Term Care

    23/04/2021 Duração: 27min

    Char Hu, Founder of Georgetown Living dementia communities and CEO of insurtech company The Helper Bees, sits down with us to discuss the implications of the coronavirus pandemic on long-term care including staffing, safety protocols, digital transformation, and the future of both facility and home-based care

  • Joint Risk Management Section: the Risk Management Profession – a Rewarding Career Path

    15/04/2021 Duração: 28min

    Ariel Weis, FSA, MAAA, FCIA interviews Mihaela Capra for a view of the risk management profession from the viewpoint of a seasoned risk management professional. The story is anchored in the experience of the speaker with insights on the current state of the risk management and on the risk professional of tomorrow.  

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