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Laura A. Maxwell

Laura Maxwell is a Senior Consulting Actuary with Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc. in the San Francisco, California office. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Moravian College. She has 30 years of actuarial experience in the property/casualty insurance industry and has provided consulting services since 2003.

Ms. Maxwell currently serves the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) as a member of the Examination Committee, member of the Cyber Risk Task Force, member of the Working Party on On-Demand Insurance, Chair of the Webinar Committee and Secretary/Treasurer of the Casualty Actuaries of the Bay Area.

Prior to consulting she was a product manager for a direct auto insurer and held actuarial positions with a state insurance department and national rating bureau. Her background includes personal and commercial lines pricing and reserving.

Publications and Media

December 2017 APEX Webinar
Actuarial Standards of Practice Update
Authored by Laura A. Maxwell and John E. Wade.

July 18 2017 APEX Discussion Series
ORSA: Has Anything Changed?
Authored by Laura A. Maxwell and John E. Wade.

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Case Studies

DFA Model

DFA Model

Pinnacle was asked by a regional insurer to help build a customized financial model for use in strategic decision making and in determining economic capital needs. The model reflected current and potential underwriting operations. It also incorporated economic scenario generators, capital allocation, catastrophe model results, regulatory and rating agency metrics such as risk-based capital (RBC) and Best’s Capital Adequacy Ratings (BCAR), as well as loss reserve variability. The model was designed to be used to evaluate a variety of strategic decisions, particularly related to underwriting, reinsurance, macro investment allocation, and capital allocation decisions.

Optimization of Assets and Liabilities

Optimization of Assets and Liabilities

An international insurance and reinsurance company wanted to design an optimization model to be used for both asset and liability decisions. Pinnacle actuaries were able to demonstrate to company management that their initial approach was both practically and theoretically unsound and prevented them from implementing a flawed decision making procedure. We were also able to suggest approaches that were more sound and would allow them to design a model that performed as desired.

Reinsurance Price Optimization

Reinsurance Price Optimization

Pinnacle was approached by an insurance company to provide an independent review of their reinsurance program. The first step was to review historic ceded premiums and losses by treaty layer to determine the overall reinsurer profitability. Pinnacle then independently priced the existing reinsurance program to benchmark the current market pricing. Finally, Pinnacle provided a cost benefit analysis to help the client determine the optimal retention levels for its insurance program. With this information in hand and our support, our client was able to negotiate better terms for their reinsurance program.

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