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Forum: Chat with the Candidates & Exam Committee 08-21-2014, 01:09 PM
Replies: 251
Views: 36,768
Posted By awriter
Questions for Jim

I have not been in the AO for some time. I have just gotten off the SOA interactive dialog and and was stirred up about the statement by Mark F. that competition among professional organizations is...
Forum: Health - Disability 07-16-2013, 03:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,286
Posted By awriter
Federal exchanges charge a 3.5% exchange fee to...

Federal exchanges charge a 3.5% exchange fee to companies. Is any of that money used to compensate navigators for helping to enroll vulnerable groups?
Forum: Health - Disability 04-17-2013, 11:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,286
Posted By awriter
Compensation under ACA

Is the following correct:

When an agent enrolls a person for coverage provided through an exchange (state-based, partnership or FFE), the insurer pays the agent for this work.

For a state-based...
Forum: General Actuarial 03-27-2013, 05:01 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 10,239
Posted By awriter
I think her point is pretty clear; she is just...

I think her point is pretty clear; she is just contrasting levels of coverage. She was an Insurance Commissioner in Kansas for 8 years, so she has a good insurance background as well as being...
Forum: Finance - Investments 01-24-2013, 03:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,275
Posted By awriter
Cost of Capital

Do companies currently use a cost of capital that stays constant over a long period of time or one that fluctuates over relatively short time frames? What would be a typical range for the cost of...
Forum: Life 01-23-2013, 05:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 797
Posted By awriter
Thanks!

Thanks!
Forum: Life 01-23-2013, 02:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 797
Posted By awriter
A Rated Companies and RBC

Some years ago, there was a rough rule of thumb that if a company wanted an A rating from A.M. Best, the company needed to have a ratio of Total Adjusted Surplus to Company Action Level RBC of...
Forum: Health - Disability 01-17-2013, 06:13 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 751
Posted By awriter
Navigator grants

Does anyone know whether the federal government has started awarding navigator grants for federal exhanges?
Forum: Life 10-01-2012, 09:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,685
Posted By awriter
Given all the painful, costly debate around AG...

Given all the painful, costly debate around AG 38, I think a company and their actuary(ies) would be very foolish to try to do such a thing. It would be like an NFL offensive lineman trying to get...
Forum: General Actuarial 08-17-2012, 02:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,802
Posted By awriter
NAIC "A" Committee adopted PBR Valuation Manual...

NAIC "A" Committee adopted PBR Valuation Manual today.
Forum: Pension - Social Security 07-05-2012, 11:08 AM
Replies: 585
Views: 86,878
Posted By awriter
Why wouldn't state ratings be affected by these...

Why wouldn't state ratings be affected by these changes?
Forum: Professional Surveys 06-26-2012, 02:08 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,168
Posted By awriter
...like Mr. Spock, an analytical thinker who is...

...like Mr. Spock, an analytical thinker who is not considered quite human.
Forum: Life 05-30-2012, 03:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,394
Posted By awriter
What company(ies)?

What company(ies)?
Forum: Life 05-30-2012, 12:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,394
Posted By awriter
First to Die Whole Life

Does anyone know of any life insurance companies currently offering a first-to-die permanent product (not a rider on a second-to-die product)?

Thanks!
Forum: Property - Casualty / General Insurance 03-21-2012, 03:06 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 45,876
Posted By awriter
International focus

Isn't the international arena the key motivation for the SOA to move in this direction? General insurance exam candidates would then primarily come from those expecting to work for international...
Forum: General Actuarial 03-20-2012, 05:32 PM
Replies: 630
Views: 90,477
Posted By awriter
Should we have seen this coming?

Did this issue get adequately vetted with the SOA membership before the Board decided to take action? How can we best communicate that we think the Board acted precipitously?
Forum: General Actuarial 03-16-2012, 10:55 AM
Replies: 630
Views: 90,477
Posted By awriter
Strengthening the profession

It seems to me that the only criterion that matters is strengthening the actuarial profession and its ability to help create and maintain sound financial security systems both now and in the future....
Forum: Pension - Social Security 01-10-2012, 02:34 PM
Replies: 585
Views: 86,878
Posted By awriter
Some states are looking/have looked at switching...

Some states are looking/have looked at switching to defined contribution plans as a way to "stop the bleeding" so to speak. If all the contributions required for the current DB plan are channeled...
Forum: Life 11-17-2011, 12:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,653
Posted By awriter
All preneed policies are burial policies, but not...

All preneed policies are burial policies, but not all burial policies are preneed policies. "Preneed" implies that there is a separate agreement between the funeral home and the client for the...
Forum: Life 11-16-2011, 01:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,653
Posted By awriter
Are you referring to the federal DAC tax? Is...

Are you referring to the federal DAC tax? Is group permanent exempt from this tax?
Forum: Life 11-16-2011, 10:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,653
Posted By awriter
Use of Group Contracts with Certificates for Preneed

Does anyone know why some companies choose to issue their preneed life business using a group policy/certificate approach rather than an individual life approach?
Forum: Software & Technology 10-27-2011, 03:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,100
Posted By awriter
Yes, I've used it to some extent and thought it...

Yes, I've used it to some extent and thought it was wonderful. I am not a programmer and it was very intuitive to use. There are many on-line training videos as well.
Forum: Pension - Social Security 07-15-2011, 05:05 PM
Replies: 652
Views: 105,176
Posted By awriter
I must have missed it. What Kansas think tank has...

I must have missed it. What Kansas think tank has proposed a legal argument for reducing future pension benefit accruals for current employees?
Forum: Health - Disability 06-27-2011, 04:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,373
Posted By awriter
Plans outside the Health Benefit Exchange in 2014

Assuming that PPACA in its current form continues to be the law of the land in 2014, what rules will exist regarding health plan offerings outside the Exchange? Do these plans need to meet the...
Forum: General Actuarial 05-25-2011, 11:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,929
Posted By awriter
I think that actuaries may have reputational risk...

I think that actuaries may have reputational risk in more areas than public pensions. The ongoing saga with AG 38 is a case in point. The lack of respect that I have observed with regard to company...
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