Events & Webinars

February 20, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

February APEX Webinar - How to Incorporate Simulated Data into Actuarial Research

Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern (1:00 p.m. Central)

Registration is open for our February APEX Webinar.

Simulated environments are often used in academia. Simulation can be very useful, particularly as a method to better understand actuarial puzzles. Join Senior Consulting Actuary Gary Wang and Consulting Actuary Michael Chen as they explore examples of how simulated data can be incorporated into research as a way to deepen understanding of the insurance cycle.

We encourage interaction with our presenters; please feel free to submit questions before the webinar to: We will address them during the presentation as time allows. You will also have the ability to submit questions in "real-time" during the session.

This webinar may qualify for up to 1 hour of continuing education.


Gary C. Wang, FCAS, MAAA, CSPA, is a Senior Consulting Actuary with Pinnacle in the Bloomington, Illinois office. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science degree in mathematics education from Northern Illinois University. He also has extensive graduate level coursework in Theoretical and Applied Mathematics from Northern Illinois University. He has over 18 years of actuarial experience in the property/casualty insurance industry. Mr. Wang currently serves the CAS as a member of the Ratemaking and Product Management Planning Committee. Mr. Wang works extensively on the application of advanced statistical modeling techniques to the insurance process. His experience in predictive analytics applications include rating and underwriting plan design, homeowners by-peril analysis, auto vehicle characteristics analysis and scorecard development, and territory boundary development. Mr. Wang has made numerous presentations on topics relating to predictive modeling, ratemaking, and insurance credit‐based scoring.

Michael K. Chen, FCAS, MAAA, CSPA, is a Consulting Actuary with Pinnacle in Des Moines, Iowa and has over 15 years of actuarial experience in the property/casualty insurance industry. Mr. Chen has extensive experience in predictive analytics, ratemaking for private passenger automobile, homeowners and commercial insurance, as well as reserving, reinsurance pricing and catastrophe modeling. He has worked as an effective business partner with senior management, underwriting, claims, marketing, product management, and strategic planning to establish and achieve consistent corporate goals. He currently serves as a member of the CAS Examination Committee and the Committee on Professionalism Education. 

Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc. offers webinars to provide relevant, thought-provoking and practical ideas and information on current issues in the insurance and financial services industries. Pinnacle's monthly APEX Discussion Series presentations are typically available on the third Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. ET free of charge. Participants may submit questions electronically during the sessions.

About Pinnacle
Pinnacle Actuarial Resources, Inc. is an independent actuarial and management consulting firm that’s large enough to provide a wealth of expertise and world-class solutions—yet small enough to be flexible, timely and cost-effective. Owned by our professional staff, Pinnacle ranks among the largest property-casualty actuarial firms in North America. Our Commitment Beyond Numbers philosophy is built on four foundational pillars, empathetic customer service, superior communication, expertise and better business decisions, that guide us to find the right solutions for our clients.


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