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Old 08-18-2018, 02:12 PM
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All three P-E candidates sent emails via the SOA.

I put them here:
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The SOA generally spaces out sending these mass emails over several hours.
I viewed campbell's link, and neither of the other two volunteered to "answer questions." It will be interesting to see what Tom says when he gets here.
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Hi Tom!

Do you wish to see the SOA & CAS join forces for some of the preliminary exams?

If yes, what needs to happen to accomplish this?

Care to say anything else about the SOA's relationship with CAS?
Of course the CAS and SoA cooperated up until a few years back because there was overlap on the earlier syllabus material. It made economic sense plus had the added, perhaps, unintended positive consequence of delaying when candidates absolutely had to decide on a path.

This cooperation vanished when the SoA decided to challenge the CAS with its General Insurance track.

It seems the overlap still exists for early exams and the profession would benefit from renewing this past cooperation. The concept seems to sell itself if we agree to talk about it.
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What's the wildfire smoke like in Ridgway? I need to head that way to climb a few of the San Juans (Wilson and Wilson, I have El Diente already).
The smoke from fires in the SW is very evident. Can't see much more than a gray shadow of Sneffles across the valley. It is not a problem except to people who are sensitive to particulate matter in the air. Some days it is better than others but we will probably wait until winter for it to completely disappear.
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As an SOA volunteer in the exam committee, I understand that SOA has had a hard time getting enough members to volunteer. What are your thoughts on addressing this issue? Thanks!
Well, I was told that there is difficulty in getting younger members involved as volunteers - called "young professional" by the SoA to avoid the term "milenials". You should be able to find at some point a Q&A in video form directed at the three candidates. That was a question asked.

Perhaps it would be a good idea to ask them.

I was told that the SoA has quite a few volunteers who are more than sufficient to address professional needs. It is the future we are anticipating and trying to address now.
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Tom Bakos emailed me -- he is currently traveling and will not be able to connect before Sunday. He will answer the questions then.
Thanks - I will try as best I can to check here as often as possible and address any questions asked. But, please feel free to use the traditional email method as well.
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Thanks! That makes me sad - even here in Golden, the air makes my contact lenses not work right, so I've been walking around in a fog for a few months at this point.
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Thanks! That makes me sad - even here in Golden, the air makes my contact lenses not work right, so I've been walking around in a fog for a few months at this point.
It will be no better here. A couple of weeks back I could even smell smoke. The fires weren't close but the smoke was thick.
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Tom, have you seen this thread? http://www.actuarialoutpost.com/actu...d.php?t=334612

My questions for you - do you see any hope of getting a bit of cooperation between CAS and SOA to keep the SOA directory information up-to-date on behalf of CAS members? If not, should the SOA directory limit itself to SOA members only? Or is there some other answer?
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That's frustrating - hoping we get some of those famous San Juan monsoons soon (if only to clear the air a bit - I know most of the smoke itself is coming from the west, and we're down to 3 or 4 west of your spot within the state).
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Tom, have you seen this thread? http://www.actuarialoutpost.com/actu...d.php?t=334612

My questions for you - do you see any hope of getting a bit of cooperation between CAS and SOA to keep the SOA directory information up-to-date on behalf of CAS members? If not, should the SOA directory limit itself to SOA members only? Or is there some other answer?
The link takes me to a post by Colonel Smoothie as follows:

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My listing in actuarialdirectory.org only has my name, the wrong credential listed, and no company information whatsoever. My CAS profile has everything up-to-date. How do I change the listing in actuarial directory? Do I just contact customer service and let them know?
My understanding is that the Actuarial Directory is supposed to be and is billed as a directory of actuaries who are members of all of the following six actuarial professional organizations:

American Academy of Actuaries
American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries
Canadian Institute of Actuaries
Casualty Actuarial Society
Conference of Consulting Actuaries
Society of Actuaries

At least for the SoA, members have access to a process to keep their directory listing up-to-date. I believe one has to log on to the SoA website as a member in order to access your private information. I've used it but not recently and do recall, at least for me, that it was not as intuitive as I would have liked but I did manage to update my listing through a little trial and error.

I assume there would be a process for CAS members as well and for members of the other five actuarial organizations. I would expect, since the CAS, for example, would not want just anyone to be able change a directory listing, that the DAS member would have to log on to a CAS member only website in order to imitate a change to his or her directory listing. If it is not possible to do that, it would be news to me and, clearly, something to correct.

So, I am not sure if there is a problem and certainly hope the CAS-SoA dispute has not carried as far as is implied by your question, or if Colonel Smoothie is just having difficulty navigating the system - as I have had. That, of course, would be a problem too worthy of solution.
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