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Forum: Sports 10-18-2018, 10:15 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 8,618
Posted By Gandalf
Week 1: Bears Week 2: Bills Week 3: Chargers ...

Week 1: Bears
Week 2: Bills
Week 3: Chargers
Week 4: Jets
Week 5: Seattle
Week 6: Broncos to lose to Rams
Week 7: Titans
Forum: Financial Mathematics 10-17-2018, 05:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 757
Posted By Gandalf
That’s a strange statement. Many employers would...

That’s a strange statement. Many employers would care a lot, especially if they are providing study time or paying exam expenses, which employers typically do. But even if the employer doesn´t...
Forum: Financial Mathematics 10-17-2018, 09:08 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 757
Posted By Gandalf
That is probably true for most people here. As...

That is probably true for most people here. As an extreme counterexample, suppose someone who struggled with high school math saw that actuary was a highly-rated career and decided to take exams. ...
Forum: Financial Mathematics 10-16-2018, 11:26 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 757
Posted By Gandalf
Question Definitely not. They’re challenging. If...

Definitely not. They’re challenging.

If you look at the exam statistics on the SOA website, you’ll see that on almost every exam, fewer than 50% of those taking it pass. Surely almost all of...
Forum: Financial Mathematics 10-15-2018, 04:24 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 757
Posted By Gandalf
From another thread you started The...

From another thread you started


The current problem is an extremely common FM problem: They give you a payment pattern, including timing of payments. They give you the pattern of interest...
Forum: Financial Mathematics 10-15-2018, 01:28 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 757
Posted By Gandalf
You should post FM questions in the FM forum. As...

You should post FM questions in the FM forum. As thread creator, you can move this one there.

Can you calculate the PV at the moment of loan of the first 5 payments, in terms of X? Of the second...
Forum: Financial Mathematics 10-14-2018, 03:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 506
Posted By Gandalf
I don`t think you will, but as long as there are...

I don`t think you will, but as long as there are only one or two such questions (if any) and you can do well on the ones you do recognize as a kind you’ve seen, you should be fine. You don´t see...
Forum: Long-Term Actuarial Math 10-14-2018, 09:35 AM
Replies: 381
Views: 54,651
Posted By Gandalf
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Forum: Financial Mathematics 10-14-2018, 09:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 506
Posted By Gandalf
You’re asking pretty silly questions. You do not...

You’re asking pretty silly questions. You do not need to answer every question on the exam, just a high percentage of them. And how can you expect us know whether, just because Adapt or TIA contains...
Forum: Short-Term Actuarial Math 10-11-2018, 08:34 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 29,163
Posted By Gandalf
They are clear it is not a single number. For...

They are clear it is not a single number. For example for C for February 2018 they said here https://www.soa.org/Files/Exam-Results/edu-2018-02-c-percents-weL644.pdf

No one knows exactly how that...
Forum: Short-Term Actuarial Math 10-10-2018, 11:17 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 29,163
Posted By Gandalf
Your assumption that 60% means 21 questions...

Your assumption that 60% means 21 questions assumes there are normally 0 pilot questions. That's false. It may well be true that normally the average score needed to pass is 60% of the non-pilot...
Forum: Sports 10-10-2018, 10:31 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 8,618
Posted By Gandalf
Oops. Intended Week 6: Broncos to lose to Rams

Oops. Intended Week 6: Broncos to lose to Rams
Forum: Sports 10-10-2018, 09:56 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 8,618
Posted By Gandalf
Week 1: Bears Week 2: Bills Week 3: Chargers ...

Week 1: Bears
Week 2: Bills
Week 3: Chargers
Week 4: Jets
Week 5: Seattle
Week 6: Rams
Forum: Financial Mathematics 10-09-2018, 11:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 252
Posted By Gandalf
Yes, that is in effect what I was trying to say. ...

Yes, that is in effect what I was trying to say. You should (IMO) only be calculating a value where you know the spot rate for that specific period of time. Whether the rate for the 2.5 year...
Forum: Financial Mathematics 10-09-2018, 10:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 252
Posted By Gandalf
I’m very surprised the book says that. What...

I’m very surprised the book says that. What about the coupon due in 3 years? Is it discounted by 1/(1.02^6)?

To my way of thinking, the entire premise of spot rates is that you can value a...
Forum: EA Exams 10-09-2018, 12:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 170
Posted By Gandalf
You have the wrong technique on both. For x...

You have the wrong technique on both.

For x an integer, the probability that x+t dies before x+1 is not (1-t)q_x. That probability is that x dies in the next (1-t) years. The probability that...
Forum: Financial Mathematics 10-08-2018, 11:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 252
Posted By Gandalf
What is your source for saying it is 1.5%? One...

What is your source for saying it is 1.5%? One possibility is that 1.5% is just an approximation.
Forum: Non-Actuarial Topics 10-06-2018, 09:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 578
Posted By Gandalf
Link requires paid subscription ($1 trial...

Link requires paid subscription ($1 trial subscription possible).

This one was free for me....
Forum: Short-Term Actuarial Math 10-05-2018, 03:45 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 29,163
Posted By Gandalf
Apparently there will be some pilot questions on...

Apparently there will be some pilot questions on this STAM exam. https://www.soa.org/Files/Edu/2018/2018-exam-stam-syllabi.pdf



ETA:ninja’d. But I’ve quoted the syllabus here for all to see.
Forum: Short-Term Actuarial Math 10-05-2018, 03:20 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 29,163
Posted By Gandalf
Why would there be any pilot questions this time?...

Why would there be any pilot questions this time? This sitting does not have immediate pass/fail.
Forum: Sports 10-03-2018, 12:39 PM
Replies: 264
Views: 8,618
Posted By Gandalf
Week 1: Bears Week 2: Bills Week 3: Chargers ...

Week 1: Bears
Week 2: Bills
Week 3: Chargers
Week 4: Jets
Week 5: Seattle
Forum: Short-Term Actuarial Math 10-02-2018, 08:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 421
Posted By Gandalf
They would not have the same value. He’s saying...

They would not have the same value. He’s saying the question should have just used 3 or just used 50, and he will make it just about 50.
Forum: Long-Term Actuarial Math 10-01-2018, 03:02 PM
Replies: 381
Views: 54,651
Posted By Gandalf
I agree that smart watches would not be allowed,...

I agree that smart watches would not be allowed, as I read the instructions. If the only issue they had in mind was smart watches, couldn’t they have said that you are allowed “conventional watches”...
Forum: Long-Term Actuarial Math 09-29-2018, 12:02 PM
Replies: 381
Views: 54,651
Posted By Gandalf
They should not take your watches away. IMO, but...

They should not take your watches away. IMO, but I am not a proctor and don`t know what instructions proctors have.
From https://www.soa.org/files/edu/edu-rules-reg-instructions.pdf (exam...
Forum: Short-Term Actuarial Math 09-25-2018, 11:37 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 29,163
Posted By Gandalf
15 is number submitting 0 or 1. 85 is number...

15 is number submitting 0 or 1. 85 is number submitting 0.
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